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Previously asked here.

We hear a lot of things about best practices, quite a lot, actually. However, the question I've linked to has a great answer for why it's important to evaluate best practices.

My real question is, what are the criteria that something fits into before we can call it a best practice?

What makes criteria makes version control a best practice? What criteria does premature optimization miss such that it is not a best practice?

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I think you meant to hit programmers.stackexchange.com with this. –  JSBձոգչ May 26 '11 at 20:12
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@JSBangs -- Hilarious! They closed this there and told me to come here. –  Incognito May 26 '11 at 20:57
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I consider it to be a passing title that doesn't mean all that much. It's like a product that has a good review, enticing you to check into it further.

Using a hammer was best practice at one point, but once the nail gun came around it became best practice. The hammer still works just fine, though.

Version control is a great way to manage a changing code-base, especially with multiple developers. It's an incredible tool, and an obvious candidate for being labeled as a best practice.

Premature Optimization is negatively connoted right in the word, so people are definitely not going to consider it a best practice. It's all about what a group of people think and attribute to something, and could be very objective or completely subjective, depending.

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