Disclaimer: This is personal blogging.
The guy sitting next to me at the office has a wallpaper saying “ALWAYS FUCKING DELIVER.” This dude thinks I’m a good developer. He sometimes asks me for tips or opinions on code-related stuff. Little does he know, I am a developer-disappointment. When it comes to delivering, I ain’t close to Jesus. I’m actually closer to the Polish Post.
I’ve started numerous side projects, which I didn’t ship. A startup idea I was working on with my close friend didn’t get sherlocked, which is hardly a good thing, because we hadn’t even started to ship when it was already too late.
I wanted to build a perfect product, with fantastic user experience, the newest tech stack, and the cleanest code, while maintaining some degree of personal life, passing exams, and completing a thesis. The thesis included an app, which isn’t production-ready (of course), but took more than five hundred hours of work of my partner and me combined.
Obviously, I was an idiot. I bit off more than I could chew.
I started drinking way too much coffee. My, once thick and bushy hair started falling off,
and I’m probably skinnier than I ever was. I don’t remember how to prove a thing about
Van Emde Boas trees or Fibonacci heaps.
I can probably do a simple amortized analysis, nothing fancy, though.
I learned that communication is key. Unfortunately, in a hard way.
I learned that a good chunk of Medium software gurus and best practices prophets spend more time marketing themselves than actually building software. Any blogpost claiming that you should follow a few simple rules to be a good developer is a hoax. Instead (unfortunately?), we have to strive to understand the problem at hand, analyze the choices we have, and put in honest work.
How does my life look at the end of 2019?
I’ve started a side project with two friends with whom I played roleplaying games. Turns out they’re kickass developers and we can learn a lot from each other. I already learned what Event Storming is. We did two sessions of it and goddamn! If only I knew it before! I’m feeling pretty confident that we’ll ship the thing. We’ve set the deadline for a prototype we can start dogfooding for the end of January.
The entire thing is (and is going to be) open source. Including ADRs with the significant decisions we make. Our successes and failures will be visible in the open, and we’ll learn from them in public.
I’ve got a few non-software side projects I could to write about, including a huge one with the girl I like, but this is the time to stop writing this blog post and get to work.