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Re: Deflated Self-Evaluation

Patrick Mulder Apr 16, 2012 1:16 AM
Posted in group: Objects on Rails
I like that book on "deliberate practice" too (it's even more
interesting together with Malcom Gladwell's Outliers book, showing
more examples of the 10'000 hours rule in practice). From motivation
theory, this video is interesting too:

@programming: What somewhat works for me is, making "sandbox"
projects, that indeed live only 1-2 weeks. In Rails context, those
sandbox projects are often blog applications. In a C/C++ project, my
sandbox often only consits of some strange-looking pattern of foo,
bar, Foo, Bar, *, &, "new" combinations only to understand why a
certain syntax works, and another syntax variation is not working.

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM, Chris Zwickilton
<> wrote:
> +1
> This is called "deliberate practice" and is a staple of athletes and
> musicians, but is just now gaining wide acceptance in the coding community
> (think code katas).  We need to practice our craft, and as Steve highlights,
> this means picking a small area and working on it with critical thinking.
> On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 3:21 PM, Steve Klabnik <>
> wrote:
>> Hey Falk-
>> So, I kinda feel like you, in a different way: I just started playing
>> StarCraft last week. Total beginner. And it's _hard_. There are
>> professional players. The game is truly based on skill.
>> I lost my first 15-20 matches.
>> So I spent tons of time watching strategy videos, reading guides, etc.
>> There are multiple daily strategy podcasts, for example. And one thing
>> kept coming up if you want to get better at StarCraft (as well as
>> programming):
>> Just pick one thing to work on.
>> Take next week, and just say "I'm going to practice using lambdas. I
>> don't care if my code is coupled, the rest of it can be total crap,
>> but I'm gonna be a super awesome lambda user." And then focus on that.
>> Then, the week after, say "this week is Dependency Injection week.
>> Screw lambdas: I'm gonna inject _ALL THE THINGS_."
>> Eventually, you'll wake up one week and be waaay better. But trying to
>> get better at all the things at once is HARD.
>> -Steve