Posts Tagged “patrick-rhone”

Always be learning

One of Patrick Rhone’s latest posts is his list of tools for daily learning. Patrick’s list is a great place to start for daily learning and I’m glad to see that there’s a couple of tools there that I use myself. I’ve never considered them as learning tools but that’s what they are really. Tools for discovering new things and learning.

My take on it is to always be learning. Never stop learning.

My first exposure to computer programming came when I was about ten when my Granpa bought an Atari 800XL. Right from the moment he got it, he immersed himself in programming books and magazines. As a kid you wouldn’t give it any thought, but now when I think back I think it was amazing that given my Granpa’s age, he was still learning on a daily basis.

This way of thinking that you should always be learning is something I’ve tried to do for the last few years, but along the way I usually forget things. I’ve learned the hard way that I need to keep a journal for such things so that I can review it at a later date.

My daily learning comes in the form of technical things like programming languages, web frameworks and other web development related topics. I’ve also read up on topics like decision making, writing and of course I’m reading through the Aubrey-Maturin series, which his made me much more knowledgeable of 19th century naval warfare.

The benefits of daily learning are just that. Daily learning. Being that bit more wiser on a daily basis. I’ll never stop reading, writing, learning and discovering new things. Having a blog to write about my learning experiences when I’m in my seventies? I hope so.

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Bespoke

I believe there is a place for this is the world of technology. I think there is a need for a Software Tailor. For instance, you have a text editor that works well but could use just a few changes to make it work perfectly for you. You take it to the Software Tailor and they do that for you. Or perhaps you go to one to build the perfect task management app to fit your specific working style. In my mind, many who program are crafts people and I think there is a growing opportunity and need for such a service by people with these skills.

Bespoke by Patrick Rhone

Patrick Rhone’s latest post on software tailoring got me thinking. Software is used by millions across the world, yet I wonder how many people are aware that some of the software they use can be tailored to their specific needs?Yes there are freelance developers out there who specialise in building plugins, extensions or custom versions of software applications, but that’s the problem. These developers specialise in one application or product. They won’t even think about touching anything else.Sounds to me there might be room for a number of developers who are jack of all trade developers who are prepared to dig into just about any code that is given to them and make the necessary changes.

Just a thought, that’s all.

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