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I like to read and learn the newest programming approaches, especially web technologies. A lot of times, it feels like drinking from a firehose! My curiosity has been very helpful for my now 7.5 year career and I enjoy learning, but sometimes I wonder what the balance should be between reading/watching/listening versus doing.

Brian and I had a conversation the other day on our Slack site:

Me: We should setup another weekly lunch meeting to watch some Pluralsight on {insert latest JavaScript or C# thing to learn}

Brian: I would almost prefer to have people watch the videos then get together and hack on them.  I think I'd like to see us do more hands-on building.

Me: yeah, I just never seem to be able to get to them, but I do like hacking away as well

Brian: it's definitely a challenge to take in all of this knowledge but my fear is that I can "learn" a lot more than I can "do".  When it comes time to implement for real if I have not really tried something it usually proves to be more difficult.  I think on my current project hands-on knowledge would have got me more buy-in from the customer.

I’m going to try and ignore new things for awhile and focus on a current side project for a possible presentation for awhile. It feels like a “senior project” to me. Maybe we should all do a “senior project” every year or so to “do” the things we’ve heard about.

As James in the Bible says in James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 1:49 PM Productivity , Prototyping , Pragmatic Programming | Back to top


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