Technologists love to disrupt other industries. We’ve got app-first banking, self-driving trains, one-click vacuum cleaners, and Blockchain-powered cats, all because a technologist wasn’t satisfied with the status quo.
The only industry we’re scared of disrupting is our own.
There’s something about programmers that makes us incredibly conservative when it comes to programming. My text editor of choice, Spacemacs, is a nice skin on top of a 40-year-old one, I can’t live without my repository of shell scripts, and if it weren’t for GIFs of Izzy 🐶, I’d abandon Slack in a heartbeat.
Clinging to the past definitely has some downsides…
At Prodo, we believe that software development isn’t about managing imports, configuring Webpack, or maintaining Kubernetes clusters.
We believe that allowing developers to focus on high-level tasks allows them to be more productive, more connected, and happier.
There are two kinds of high-level coding work:
And then there’s the low-level stuff: configuring our build tools, stepping through a broken component with the debugger, dealing with merge conflicts… you know…
We’ve been iterating on Alfie obsessively for a week and a bit since the last post, and I wanted to share what’s going on.
We really love Advent of Code, because, well, who doesn’t enjoy solving programming puzzles in the lead-up to the holidays? Except for the first challenge, in which everyone has to set up a new project, with Git, an editor, a test framework, a runner… the usual boring set-up.
Alfie tells you everything that happens in your code, without you having to…