Mar 06 2013

Google can only do so much

Category: English posts,TechnicalIuliana @ 11:31

What do you do when you get a creepy Java exception telling you something that has nothing to do with what actually causes it? And how do you know that the cause is a different one.

This is one of those cases when Google can only do so much. A lot of developers with too much time on their hands might have written on their blogs how they solved that error, but it does not apply to your case. More than that, doing something similar on your project just caused a different problem.

So what can you do? Well, before there was Google, there was something everyone with more experience than you would tell you: RTFM = Read The Fucking Manual!!! When you have a problem Google cannot give you a fast solution for, you have to go deep in the details of your application. What does this mean? Take a look at what technologies you are using and check if you are using them right. If you are a lazy and comfortable programmer, like most of us are, you probably just copied the default settings from the official site or some blog where some other developer with too much time on his hands wrote how he used it. And most of the times, that information is not so recent and internally some changes have taken place that make that specific tool behave differently.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not a pioneer of reinventing the wheel! But sometimes instead of searching mindlessly on Google, is easier to try to understand the technologies you are using and work with them they way the manual says you should.

This is a the main difference between a mature developer an a young one. The young one thinks that everything he needs to write an application or solve a problem is one-click away. The mature one knows that understanding the technology can spare you a lot of … clicking time.

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