Saved Some Time? Use It Meaningfully!

Don’t use it an excuse to play more video games.

The post for today is very simple, but it’s a good lesson to learn and remember for every project. Today I was looking at the list of requirements for the basic flow of my app to be established.

It occurred to me that I might want to test the output of the templates. Also, I started to think of potential configurations for some of the routing/template relations.

Since I was working on my app during downtime today, this made me realise that I should probably spend some time reviewing the Rails docs, previous projects and reviewing learning material.

Documentation

Before the code base for this project gets any bigger, I’d like to start implementing a form of auto documentation for this project. Perhaps the next day or two can be spent configuring and getting my existing code commented up. By then I should be able to continue the project while learning the documentation system.

The Ruby Toolbox has a good list of documentation generators:

This would be an excellent use of time during the two extra days I have left for this phase (Phase 2b was supposed to start 15 April, it’s now 13 April).

So there you have it, just a simple lesson that can be applied to virtually any project, when you feel like there are many options and want to build things right.


Daniel Paul Grech Pereira is a computer programmer in Toronto, Canada.

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