I'm losing my perspicacity.
This weekend I was busy working on an Angular module for an admin I built for one of my websites. Everything was going fine, until I decided to add paging to the whole thing. I didn't need to really, but I wanted to try out something new as new development gets harder and harder for me to find time for. So a quick Googling led me to a few sources that I could just plug and play. There was a problem though. Unlike with the awesome example that was shown on screen, mine resulted in random non legible warnings and errors that I had to sit there and decipher. Hours later, I had a working sample using my own data, but there was a problem again. I had absolutely no idea how it worked. That uncomfortable feeling creeped in where I felt I was in over my head. I haven't had that since college.
In closing, I'm going to spend the week just coding stuff wherever I can and trying to avoid the easy route, just to strengthen the old skill set. The next time you find yourself with a quick fix solution, do it if you need to, but make some time to figure out how and why it works. Happy coding everyone!
Walter Guevara is a software engineer, startup founder and currently teaches programming for a coding bootcamp. He is currently building things that don't yet exist.
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