My bad dev singing tapes

I spent a bit of time last weekend tagging some of my old articles. I was a bit gratified looking through the old stuff and realising how far my skills have come since I started in August 2004. I noticed that a lot of the things I blogged about then were things are so second nature to me now that I wouldn’t spend the time writing them up. Things like what the c# protected internal modifier means, how to write to a text file and my discovery of the currentStyle attribute in IE javascript.

When I lived in Brisbane (where I grew up – and will return some day, I promise Mum!) I used to do singing lessons with two of my uni friends on Saturday mornings. One thing that our teacher suggested was recording ourselves every couple of months so we’d be able to see the progress we’d made. So on a bad day we’d be able to pick up an old tape and be reminded that all the hard work we’d been putting in was worthwhile.

cassette tape - you'd be surprised how hard one was to track down

I guess my blog has become my bad singing tapes for development, which was something I wasn’t really expecting. :) On one hand it’s kind of embarrassing to know that all those off notes in my continuing adventures of learning to program (and write) are available forever in the internets for anyone who cares to see. But it’s also pretty neat that I have a record of where I started and how far I’ve come for the days when I need a reminder.

My life is filled with a lot of instant gratification. When I want a new book or DVD I go on Amazon and two days later it’s waiting for me on the landing when I get home. A long project in my work life is generally one that lasts four or six months. When I build something in visual studio, I compile and see the impact of my changes straight away. Doing something where I don’t get to see the results straight away gives me a deeper sense of satisfaction that easily makes all the hard and crappy bits worthwhile. Having my blog to remind me makes it easier to remember on those days. :)

Posted on 10 May 08 by Helen Emerson (last updated on 04 Sep 11).
Filed under Programming