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I am of 3 mind about that....
1. it's so goooooood....
2. but avocado is such a hog on resources, need so much water, destroy community....
3. also good guacamole will need lime/lemon juice.. which I am allergic too
I am a very experienced developer, but I find that my 'process' when I start on some new bit of functionality or sub-system is pretty much bounce off the walls for a while, trying this, discarding it, trying that, discarding it, keep a bit of that attempt, keep a bit of that one, etc... Since I work alone there's no point in writing specifications. All it would result in is that I took a lot of time writing down in detail the first bounce off the first wall, which was then discarded on the way towards the next wall.
Some might say it is time wasting, but ultimately I think it's a wash. The time I would have spent looking 'professional' and writing a bunch of stuff down just gets traded off for trying various things until I find what I like. Given that I almost never do the same thing twice, all the stuff I might write down would mostly be guesses that are probably about as likely to be wrong as right once I really dig into the practical realities of it. And, in the end, I can know for sure that various things that I might have initially discarded really should be discarded, as opposed to actually being a better idea than the one I wrote down so carefully.
Am I the only one who uses the 'Chaos Pattern' as a development tool?
Nope, I'm using Chaos Dev right now. I've re-written all of the compoents for a web project template at least twixe, and a handful of those at least three times. I've tried creating EF data models more than a dozen times.
Since this is going to be used as a basis for all of our apps, it has to be as close to correct as possible before it gets deployed to the rest of the team.
Hell, I'm on the 5th iteration of the template.
Chaos is very much in Chontrol.
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I find that hard to believe. Sure, at a high level, yes, but at a low level, DB access, file I/O, even device I/O, rendering web pages, creating UI's (pick you tech poison), writing workflows, possibly dealing with threads, modularization, test fixtures, etc., are all rather common activities. But maybe that's all just the commonality of my world.
You'd have to know my situation for it to make sense I guess. I'm the author of a huge project, about a million lines of code, that I've built from the ground up. The bottom half is all general purpose code, and it long ago encapsulated all of those things for reuse. So I don't have to really ever repeat myself, repeat myself. It's always upwards and onwards, though of course sometimes I do circle around and shore up my rear guard before going back to the front. But it's almost always diving into some big new problem domain.
The general purpose part of it I recently open sourced:
Since I work alone there's no point in writing specifications.
I always make specs, because it helps the customer to realize what he/she is asking for; I'll try to make sure that I'm building what they need, and not my personal interpretation of what they might need.
Next, a minimal UI is drawn, and any logic described. Once those exist, I usually move on to datastructures, formulating a (normalized) database-scheme if it needs persistence.
I see a lot of other people immediatly firing up VS when they get a new project, and starting to code. Still, if I am given 8 hours to chop down a tree, I'll spend 6 hours sharpening my axe. Good preparation always pays back
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