Joel Spolsky: 12 Steps to Better Code

Back in 2000, Joel Spolsky published a set of 12 best practices for a software development team. It’s been around for a long while now and there are only 12 points but it’s very good. Simple, elegant, and worth reading: The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code.

Thanks to Patrick Niemeyer for sending this one my way.


James Hamilton

Amazon Web Services


4 comments on “Joel Spolsky: 12 Steps to Better Code
  1. Some win the lottery. Some get a high quality email alias :-).


  2. Chustar says:

    I get that, I was just wondering why YOU are, not the other guys.

  3. I’m not the first See Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut ( It’s a good read by the way.


  4. Chustar says:

    What I’m wondering is: How do you go into Amazon this late in the game and get the email address Someone should have gotten it by now. Someone must have been named James at Amazon beforehand.

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