My bad dev singing tapes
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.
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. :)