If you’re experiencing a burning desire to see me in the flesh, I’ll be at QCon London on the Thursday talking about BA.com’s architecture and some issues and possible solutions we’ve explored or are still looking at.
Placeholder is one of my least favourite terms, not least because, in code, it has a tendency to mean both “permanent feature” and “oh, I’ll do it properly later”.
By all means do it the simplest way possible — in fact, we’ll have words if you don’t — but please don’t abandon your professional self-respect: it’s the placeholder stuff that will haunt you at 2am in three years’ time, not the polished production code you slaved over for three days to refactor into shining elegance.
I should know. Not only have I written my share of placeholder code… but an article called “placeholder” is just asking for trouble.