Thursday, 14 April 2011
Monday, 4 April 2011
In a previous life I was a psychiatric nurse. whilst I was doing my training I came across a cool quote to do with neurotics, psychotics and psychiatrists. I'll repeat it below. It's attributed to Jerome Lawrence, a famous American author and playwright.
"A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent."
Now in a previous life my Dad was a structural engineer. One of the things he used to say about his job was that when architects came up with a cool looking design for a building the structural engineer would take those pretty pictures and make sure the finished, pretty, building wouldn't fall down.
What, you may be wondering, is what my old man's and my previous jobs has to do with what I'm doing now in terms of being a developer...
Well, I'm tasked with making things work, I'm not always privy to the decisions that go into why they should work, but I have to make them work!
This is lovely!
I get told to do something, sometimes I get told what techniques to use to do that thing - more often than not I get to decide what techniques I get to use.
Thus I get to my theory of gradual optimisation. Do something so that it works - it might not be pretty but it'll work - and then squeeze every last bit of it until it's a lean, mean, web-app. That'll often mean making changes to the page structure so that the bits that were filled in dynamically are removed if there's nothing to process but hey-ho!