Steve Dower

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Latest Post: The most critical Python code metric

Code metrics are a popular way to analyse the complexity of our software. For some reason, we are attracted to single-figure summaries of quality, whether it’s lines of code, cyclomatic complexity, or the Pylint score.

Personally, I think using these are about as valuable as judging another person based on one of their visible or measurable characteristics.

Which is to say, an okay metric might get the conversation started, but it won’t help you know them. That takes time and effort, humility, seeking to understand their background, and changing your mind about previous assumptions when something about them challenges you.

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My Posts

16 Mar 2020 - The most critical Python code metric

03 Dec 2019 - What makes Python a Great Language?

17 May 2019 - Debugging Cython with WinDBG

10 Dec 2018 - Python at Microsoft: flying under the radar

14 Jun 2018 - The Changelog

06 Nov 2016 - Why are there so many Python installers?

10 Sep 2015 - Building Extensions for Python 3.5 Part Two

26 Aug 2015 - Building Extensions for Python 3.5

04 Jan 2015 - What’s Coming for the Python 3.5 Installer?

26 Nov 2012 - New New Project From Existing Code

12 Nov 2012 - New Project From Existing Code

05 Nov 2012 - My Other Keyboard…

20 Oct 2012 - Async/await in Python

20 Oct 2012 - Async API for Python

15 Oct 2012 - Debugging Collections

01 Oct 2012 - Smart Indentation for Python

24 Sep 2012 - My Keyboard