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How do you deal with mistakes?
Published in Andy's Blog
Some mistakes are obviously worse than others; once you cut a piece of wood too short, it’s really hard to grow it back long again. That’s a bad thing. Writing software seems to be kind of similar.
Once you’ve messed up a piece of code to the point where you think you need to start over
- you really do need to start over. Bite the bullet and do it; you probably can’t patch it successfully. But many programmers don’t like to make that decision, preferring to say, “No, I’m sure I can just patch around it.” And that’s equivalent to trying to glue that little bit of extra wood on the end of a piece of lumber. It just doesn’t work out real well. You’ve got to know when to cut your losses.
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