I’ve been thinking about code reviews a lot lately.
My mom has often worked as an editor, and she once told me of the most difficult thing about being an editor (I paraphrase):
You have to let the writer keep his or her style. The challenge is to improve the writing without making it seem like you wrote it.
Working as a technical writer and as an English teacher, I thought about these things a lot. I would often think, “that is not a sentence that I would have written, but it is clear. It works.” Sometimes I would read a sentence and think, “I don’t know what that meant; that sentence doesn’t work.” I would change the sentence in the second situation but not the first. Continue reading “Throwing Darts at Code”
I’ve been thinking a lot about how and when I work recently. I missed a couple Wednesdays posting here, so I’ve been looking at ways to become more consistent.
I looked at two big resources here: MPJ‘s great video on timeboxing and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Continue reading “Habits and Timeboxes”
The other day, I had an idea for a simple website. I wanted to find an easier way to deploy side projects than I’ve used in the past. AWS gives me too fine a control over things I don’t care about, so I decided to try out Heroku. It was much easier than I thought it would be. Here is basically what I had to do to get a prototype on the public internet, admittedly at a subdomain of herokuapp.com. Making a Heroku account is the usual “sign up with an email and a password,” to I’m assuming you’ve done that step.
Continue reading “Heroku Is Fun”