This “watching and writing” lesson assignment for March 8 is a personal comment regarding the Amelia B (i’m not going to attempt to spell Bedelia which the spell checker is attempting to re-write as Bedevil, how ironic) presentation at the Rails Conference 2015 in Atlanta. I like Atlanta, i used to enjoy watching Tommy Glavine pitch for the Braves. And yes, this is a lesson assignment, meaning my instructor ASSIGNED it, just sayin’ — for the record.

The topic from this discussion that has managed to keep itself retained in memory overnight is that making a mistake during coding is acceptable provided that the mistake provides for a learning experience and the correction is properly managed. This practical piece of information was cleverly intermingled with some instructional tidbits of information regarding Ruby/Rails and some well placed puns, both of which have helped earn this particular video a spot on the “gonna watch that again” list.

In support of the “what doesn’t kill ya’ makes ya’ stronger concept”, a previous, well respected manager once provided this approach to mistakes in the workplace. He didn’t mind so much that you made a mistake, his concern was that you had a plan to address the mistake and act upon it. Actually, he expected mistakes, because everyone is going to make errors, and if you are actively doing your job, you are going to make a mistake every now and then, but you need to remember that the wins should outweigh the losses. If you weren’t making mistakes, you probably weren’t really doing much in your job anyway.

With that out of the way, the video provided a few other opportunities for positive comment. In a way this was like code programmers doing stand-up, and it wasn’t all that bad, you just had to be in on the jokes or maybe depending on your background rely upon the reference to a sine wave at the 28:00 minute mark as something to relate to. And lastly, there has been a noticeable practice of the presenters wearing very colorful clothing in the assigned “watch and write” lessons. Just an observation and by no means a complaint. Ah! done.

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