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comment How do you stop yourself from making mistakes?
Well, if I moved every time someone else made a mistake, I'd reach speeds that violate Einstein's equations. Honestly, I prefer to take care of my own stuff and find ways to work in any situation. I do leave when there's ethical violations beyond my control.
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comment How do you stop yourself from making mistakes?
Yes! This is kind of a meta answer, because I guess this question and all the answers are the "learning more" part. But this is the mechanism that I was looking for. When it comes down to it, I think we get cockier with age and learn to ignore our reptilian brain. It's strong in our teenage years, but the more we live and gain control over our environment, we realize we don't like the shame we feel. So we desensitize ourselves or run away from it. But basically, we have to use the shame in a constructive way.
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comment How do you stop yourself from making mistakes?
Oh, it's a big deal, believe me :) +1, good point on the build server, we just haven't had time to set it up (same reason for all the pressure)
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comment How do you stop yourself from making mistakes?
Yep. But at the risk of sounding like a broken record, sometimes you get orders from up above to stop reviewing each other's code and to just jam stuff in. I guess the answer there is just to say no. I'm BAD at saying no! :) They should make a movie called "No Man"
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comment How do you stop yourself from making mistakes?
Of course, meta languages like LISP, Haskell, and SML are verifiable which is much better than testable. And more fun to write too. But C# is getting closer to the "more fun to write" part. Verifiable is going a little too far, I don't think it would make too much sense in a frantic business environment. But one thing I'd point out here is that making mistakes in a business environment is not ok. You cost people lots of time and money. I'm thinking a mixture of physical activity and limiting distractions can help reduce mistakes.
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comment How do you stop yourself from making mistakes?
This is great for a world that has accepted extreme programming. Unfortunately for us, we do not live in such a world :)
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comment How do you stop yourself from making mistakes?
+1 it's hard to phrase it right. I agree with what you're saying, but I meant more - how do you focus your mind to follow these practices. I'm assuming that you know the practices. Kind of like your parents tell you not to do something but you do it anyway because you're lazy and inexperienced.
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