Surf the Dream A discourse of links and articles from Justin Avery

Write as you do

As you work your way through a problem that you haven’t faced before always try and make some time to document your process.

Lately I’ve been working on a few projects that have been out of my usual comfort zone. They’ve involved a little more javascript and a bit more system administration work. While I don’t consider myself to be an expert in either of those fields, I have found that I’m pretty good and finding the right google search term to get the right answer.

On a few occasions the results I have found have managed to get me 90% of the way, but some tweaks have been required to get it all working in my particular scenario. At this point I should have written down my actions and captured the results through here. My Blog. My Web Log of what happens. The place I write to remind me about stuff. This would allow me to reference my own instructions again should I need them, and also provide the 100% correct solution for someone with my same problem.

Unfortunately I’ve been a little lazy and not had as much time to document these findings recently, and as a result I can no longer remember what I had solved. What I do know is that some time down the track I will lose that time 10 fold trying to resolve the same problem.

Always write down what you’re doing when discovering something new, it will help me out one day too.

Surf the Dream is a blog that has been running since the mid 2000's when it started on BlogSpot. Over the years it's been rebranded as justinavery.me (now my resume) and JaveryDesign.com (which now redirects back to this site).

I offer consultation services through Simple Things, produce a range of educational pocket notebooks, write about the Universe and run a responsive design and a RWD Weekly Newsletter