The manual lists the traits of an awesome Recurser:
- be rigorous
- strive for greatness
- reflect on your progress
I feel fairly set with the first two. I’m rigorous almost to a fault, and strive for at least some definition of greatness.This blog post is start on my reflection on progress, and I’ll keep posting here as the summer progresses. I want to force myself to put more time into writing down what I’m learning than I think is reasonable; we’ll see how that turns out!
From the rest of the user’s manual, I came up with a list of relevant things make me feel (un)comfortable.
- getting and giving code review, particularly in Python or C++
- writing code slowly
- agonizing over details1 and being idiomatic in whatever tool or language (this leads directly to the above)
- pair programming (there is a huge section on pairing in the manual)
- writing code quickly
- writing unidiomatic code that works now
- pair programming
- also, pair programming
The ‘uncomfortable’ list is particularly telling, and points to where I should focus on the not-entirely-technical side of things. I’ll definitely be reflecting on progress there throughout the summer, along with many other areas.
And now to sleep!
eg, I spent a non-zero amount of time thinking about: whether to spell it ‘Center’ or ‘Centre’; how many times to include pair programming in the ‘uncomfortable list’; and what symbol set to use for footnotes: numbers or *, †, ‡, §, …—I eventually settled on using the built-in footnote feature of the kramdown Markdown processor used by Jekyll ↩