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Discussion on: Excerpts from ‘The Clean Coder'

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Dominic Duffin

I agree with many points in this article - particularly using time wisely, asking for help when necessary and not writing code when tired at 3am.

I'm sorry, but I can't agree with encouraging people to work 60 hours a week - both because I don't believe it's good for our long-term health and wellbeing and because seeing ultra-long working hours as a mark of excellence disadvantages people who are unable to commit to such hours - maybe because of family commitments or health reasons. Such attitudes are likely to be one of the barriers to the greater diversity that the tech industry so badly needs - women, older people and disabled people are most likely to be affected. I think employers should encourage full-time employees to use a portion of their working hours for personal development - I believe this would improve inclusiveness employee morale.