March 31, 2011

Becoming a faster developer

March 31, 2011 - Categories: development, geek

(NOTE: Becoming a faster developer isn’t necessarily the same as becoming a more productive developer. Becoming a more productive developer is better. Speed isn’t everything!)

Following up on my post about typing speed, QWERTY/Dvorak/alternate layouts, and the idea that your keyboard layout probably has little to do with your performance (although it might have a little to do with your happiness), I wanted to think about what makes a fast programmer. People tell me I’m fast. I know people who can pull programs together even faster. We touch-type, for sure, but that’s the least of it.

A huge part of development speed is experience. If you’re familiar with a programming platform, the error messages, the structure, the way things work and the way things are named, you can learn new concepts and write correct code much faster than a newbie can.

What if you’re faced with a new framework? You’ll still get a speed boost if you can relate the concepts to other things you’ve learned. If you can figure out the control structures you need and the debugging techniques you can use, then it’s mostly a matter of translating to the new framework and picking up any quirks or local idioms.

So let’s break it down further. What are small, specific skills that can help a developer get really fast?

What would you add to this list?

Quid est nōmen tuum? Nōmen meum est “Sacha”

March 31, 2011 - Categories: learning

Latīnum studémus. Monē mē!

The Latin textbooks that W- ordered from the library have arrived, and we’re slowly making our way through both Wheelock’s Latin and an online copy of a Latin textbook from the 1880s. Writing is probably going to be painfully slow and ungrammatic for a while, but hey, it’s worth a try. =)

Why Latin? Geek quirkiness. Secret languages for greater connection. Potential classical education.

It will be interesting. Let’s see if my blog can handle the characters…