Confessions of Joe Developer
- I'm stupid:
- Can't figure things out
- If I get stuck for more than 30 minutes:
- Find libraries that do it for me.
- Ask on Twitter for answers.
- SO is good, but watch out for trolls.
- IRC can be good, again, trolls.
- Can't remember things
- Documentation makes me look good.
- Docstrings are awesome.
- Learn you some REStructuredText
- Write down even the slide bullets.
- Sphinx makes me and my code look good.
Ask the dumbest questions
- I'm lazy:
- Don't want to do anything twice
- If I write the same code twice, I stick it in a method.
- Then stick the function into a utils module.
- Then I put it up on Github so I don't lose it.
- Don't want to debug code that worked before
Manually testing code by watching it run is hard...
... and boring ...
... and hence is error prone.
Meaning you have to do more work.
- Are you testing enough?
- coverage.py is great
- django-coverage runs coverage.py for Django
- But you only want to test your own apps. Refer to code on Github for how.
- Look at how he does INSTALLED_APPS
Don't want to upload ZIP files per documentation change
Don't be smart and lazy
- Technical Debt
- Postponed activities:
- unshared knowledge
attending to TODO statements
Code too confusing to be modified easily
A positive trait good tech leads often look for is the ability to ask questions.
- Do you try to understand the 3rd party code or isolate it?
- Pip & Virtualenv to isolate it.