This post was originally written in 2012, and was slightly updated in 2017.
When I first started writing stochastic, individual-based computer simulations in 2005, I thought it would be a pretty straightforward job. Although I’m technically a biologist, I already had quite some (self-taught) experience in C-programming and knew about Object Orient programming. Also, my history of hand-optimising assembly code for the Atari Falcon had taught me a thing or two about writing fast code. Or so I thought. Of course I then proceeded to walk into just about every trap that a naive non-professional software developer can walk into… Here are some of the things I learned over the past years, quite a few of these by trial and error…
It is often said that a software developer spends 50 …read more