Category: Personal

There is no shame of asking questions

So, as a programmer do you feel ashamed of asking questions? and let us say that you are new to programming, do you care about that?

The most important thing that I have found over the past few days is that newcomers to programming feel scared of how the community will react to them when you ask a question, a stupid question or even any question. So why we don’t make it simple, why we always laugh on each and every question we got?

Maybe am so lucky to not feel ashamed of asking questions, even if I found out the solution by myself or even I found out that the approach that I have taken was not correct, and sometimes the APPS that am using caused it. And this is something that happened to me in the past two days, I was pulling my hair from not being able to work with Lumen via PUT request, and I was angry talking about it, pinging everyone and even complained about it on twitter, to find out finally that Postman was not sending the correct header. and before anyone jumps and says that I should write tests, that’s what I was doing, I wrote tests and they failed too when I tried $this->pull function that comes with Lumen Test case class, which caused a lot of running around and trying it and even try to debug each and every call I made to the API, and I finally fixed it by creating an ajax call $this->ajax with the type PUT to the same API endpoint.

To find out later that the problem mostly comes from Postman, and for some magical reason, even my tests started to pass.

I even got some funny reactions from some people on the IRC, someone even started to argue with me that Laravel IRC channel is not for Lumen questions and that Lumen codebase is not related to Laravel .. etc, another one didn’t want to help because I didn’t answer his question, why am using Lumen, or I think it was what I was trying to do, even though I have answered his question, trying to use PUT requests to update database record.

Now let us imagine that a new programmer was asking those questions, and everyone mocked him, do you think he will feel confident? and he will keep asking questions and learn? if we got him to think that asking questions is a shame and you should already know the answers. It’s already a hard thing for a new programmer, they already have a hard time following us all, and try to figure out how they can learn new things, as each day we have a new thing. Trust me I do have a problem following up all those new trends.

So let’s make it easier and start to enhance our communication skills, no need to mock someone just because you are better than him, or because you are a core contributor to the project, we are all human. and based on what I know no one was ever born fully educated.

 

Filed under: Other, Personal

When you cant focus

In the past few weeks/months, I didn’t have my focus on one specific thing, I was doing multiple things at the same time, I tried to study English to improve it and have better score, I tried to read more about PHP (as each day pass I feel that am losing and forgetting everything I used to know once about PHP), and Finally I was also reading and trying to expand my knowledge for Docker.

I know that this is not a normal situation, but things are not getting any easier, every day a new thing to deal with, a new problem or a more complicated situation to think about and try to figure a solution for it, many I can’t do much as it is out of my control.

I always said and keep saying that am not a real programmer for many reasons, I didn’t study computer engineering nor computer science, I studied Information Technology which has some interaction with programming, but not as deep as computer science for example, and this is one of the reasons why I don’t stop reading books about programming, I always feel that there is something missing that I don’t fully know so I need to search and try to figure it out.

And many times sadly, I spend a lot of money on books that I don’t have time to read or resources that I found not as useful as I thought it would be for me. Which sadly leaves me with too much time to spend with the family. and am so lucky to have family/wife who supports me, and supports my premonition of reading and filling the gaps.

But this does not make me less than any good programmer out there, which is something I know, but I always try to forget and pretend that am not that good, so I keep doing what I do best, annoy everyone around me with my premonition.

Right now I have a lot of things to do, and so little time to do them all, but am trying, maybe not my best yet, and not sure when my best will come out, but at least am still trying and don’t want to stop.

So what’s next, I have no idea, but I know that I need to fix my English and try to understand the new terms in the PHP world that everyone is using nowadays.

Sometimes when you spend too much time working on one project, you will lose touch with the outside world as your focus will be to get the project done correctly, not in the fancy way that every new term likes to shine.

Anyway, it’s me talking before going to bed, so am sure none of what I have just said will make any sense.

Filed under: Books, Personal

Why I write in English

Everybody around me knows that English is not my mother language, and how much I like to write in Arabic, but why do you think I have archived my Arabic blog (which I started in December 2004) and started an English one?

Yes I know am not that good in English, and I have a lot of things to work on, so again, Why did I start to write in English? to be honest, the answer may not be a simple one, but at least to me, the answer is that I do need to Improve my English and the way I write.

So yes you will find a lot of grammatical mistakes, and maybe using the wrong terms or phrase, but at least am trying my best.

Reading technical books, and even self-published books, will not enhance my English, sometimes it may make it worse, as this is the hype nowadays, and am somehow a person who leak the power to not spend his money on things that he might think he will read one day, and Yes I do use English in my work, but everyone knows that we always try to excuse those who don’t speak English as their first language, and try not to embarrass them, but just read and reply as long as we understand the general idea.

Anyway, I hope by more writing and using Grammarly this will change, am still using the free version, not sure when I’ll upgrade or if am going to upgrade anytime soon.

That’s all for today.

Filed under: Personal