Strangely, I am a bit obsessed with spreadsheet usage recently. They have their place and time to be used. And they can be a bad solution, becoming a maintenance nightmare. I believe those situations are a good opportunity for generating new business. Or starting out with your own.
For a dev the complexity of tech counts. For some, it is the most important. Yet, it is meaningless without business context; mostly aside free fun coding.
To one of my last emails reader B chimed in and I got the permission to share parts of it. However, she wants to stay anonymous, which I’ll respect.
I read an interesting article and thought I’d share it with you. It is about the problem with online courses, but can also be applied to other material online, even tutorials. It’s talking about art classes as the author is an art instructor but the problem applies to other fields too. Art is interestingly close to coding. Try reading it and substitute art or design with code and I bet it still makes sense :-)
One thing disturbs me a bit in the dev communities. It’s a similar problem I also notice in other professions. People want everything right now. They don’t want to wait. They want the result. Now, better even yesterday.
Building a shop with spreadsheets was not the only usage I noticed recently. Besides the nightmares from work we all know, it can be helpful for small projects.
Sometimes the usage of spreadsheets can be cool. I just stumbled upon this piece a couple of minutes ago. The guy is building a simple online shop on the back of Google Sheets aka spreadsheets. Honestly, it looks promising and why not. If you have ever thought about setting up an own online store with just a couple of products, it might be a good choice for you. Also, I believe more people are familiar with spreadsheets than entering data inside super UI/Ux designed interfaces. Anyways, I hope he succeeds.
Snake oil salesman, too cheap, does not work, who is this guy and some more were the responses I got from devs when I was looking for feedback to a side-project of mine from peers.
I believe one of the most important skills of a dev is indeed handling complexity. And it is becoming even more important as the complexity of our world still rises.
I got that questions a couple of times, so I thought I’d answer it here.