First screencasts: building dashcopy

A few days ago I wrote about doing something I never did before, something I’m not particularly good at. As expected, the initial result was poor, but I kept on improving the obvious mistakes and it got better. It’s true what they say: first drafts always suck.

Sharing your progress through screencasts, podcasts, and blog posts is a common practice, so I thought I should give it a go and started a video series on youtube. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable and practice expressing my thoughts and my rusty East-European English.

I knew it will be hard. Talking by yourself, and especially hearing your voice, is super awkward, even more so if your pronunciation is poor, or you’re just bad at talking in general.

But oddly enough, it wasn’t that hard as I thought it will be. The end result is a million miles away compared to your standard Jeffrey Way screencast, but it’s way better than I hoped for. My pace is irregular and I sound like I’m talking from a hole, but overall the videos are bearable.

Although sometimes I got into too much detail, or wasted time running tests knowing they will fail (beating that TDD dead horse), my intent is to move away from the tutorial-like material and turn it into real, unplanned coding sessions where I try to figure out the best approach in doing things. Ideally, I would love to reach a point in which I am able to code and speak my mind at the same time, but I am aware it will take me a long time o master that skill.

Here’s a link to the channel. If you watch programming screencasts regularly, I would love to get your opinion.

Also, if writing is something you wish to get better at, join the list and be the first to know when dashcopy is ready.

The programmer’s gut feeling

Whenever you feel like an object isn’t really what the name says it is, or that it shouldn’t exist, or that it should exist, but in a different shape, you are completely right.

Stop and re-think things through. Maybe what you find is that you don’t really need that object. Or maybe what you’re trying to accomplish needs two or more objects or an existing one.

That gut feeling telling you that something isn’t what you think it should be is always right.

A Parameter doesn’t have a ParameterRecommendation. The parameter value has a recommendation.

Wrong. We can have n variations of parameter values – we shouldn’t have a different recommendation for the slightest variation.

But we can have some pre-defined ranges. ParameterRange has recommendations.

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