Thursday, September 3, 2009

Work Smarter Not Harder

Lately I’ve been getting into the habit of writing down the little snippets of goodness I happen upon in my daily web traversing. It’s kinda like twitter but on paper, I force myself to write one “item” per line, e.g. “Use mocks as a last resort, stubs as standard. 95% of testing is state-based, 5% interaction – Roy Osherove”.

I’ve found it really useful of late as they tend to be important things to remember that I don’t want to lose in the bookmark/tag cloud. Writing them down also helps me remember them in the first place.

Onto the title of this post however… I was doing some Asp.Net MVC work today when I half remembered something along the lines of “if you’re doing x, then you should use y”. I was doing x but for the life of me couldn’t remember what y was. I chastised myself for not writing it down on my “twitter-sheet” and spent half an hour re-finding the quote which I promptly wrote down.

Turns out I had previously written it down. Two lines above my fresh version. Live and learn…