Giving Feedback

I often think my way is the best because it is the most obvious (to me). When I review someone else’s code, I forget that the way it is implemented is the most obvious way to the developer. We can talk about why it is different from what is obvious to me, but I should expect to often be wrong because the programmer has put more thought and effort into solving the problems. My feedback should reflect that I may be wrong because my perspective is different. Put this way, it is much easier for me to be less blunt, less definitive in my correctness.

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Love Notes to Newton

Not that long ago, tech pundits would run articles like “The biggest technology flops in history” and “Apple’s Worst Products and Biggest Failures”. These lists would always contain Apple’s Newton handheld computer. Was it a failure? I don’t think so, but you can decide for yourself.


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