This afternoon and evening I ran across a few things that struck varying chords inside of my conscience and being. The chords were plucked strongly enough that I thought I should take a few minutes and write them down for my future benefit and possibly yours as well.
Yesterday morning I woke up in my bunk bed in the tiny room I shared with my brother. As I laid in bed I realized that it was over. My week of vacation had come to an end and all that was left was to finish the packing up and drive the four and a half hours back to Rustburg.
So I did the only logical thing there was to do. I spent a few minutes thinking about riding the waves of life on a boogie board.
[caption id="attachment_5387" align="aligncenter" width="696"] It's all about the "artwork..."[/caption]
If you’ve ever built anything before, you know that there is a planning phase that should happen before any "construction" is done. That is never truer than with building software.
Say for example that you are planning a big event. You don’t (or shouldn’t) wait till the evening before the event to get everything together and decide which kinds of potato chips you want to serve to your guests.
Hopefully a few weeks before the scheduled event you have some time to sit down with everyone involved in throwing the party. In this sit down you should talk through what the event is, what you want to achieve, what you want to feed the guests, who is doing what… etc.
A “to-do” list should probably be implemented somewhere in here.
Today’s post is going to be a brief look at the creation of a “to-do” list I’ve been working on for a weekend homework project… This is geared towards building a Ruby on Rails application (or most any other software solution, I think). If you don’t fall into that camp here is the basic gist of what you should be doing when you are planning stuff.
Brain Storm - Write ideas down.
Put those ideas into a list
Decide who does what
Do each thing on that list
Complete your task
Drink a Dr. Pepper
Now, here is what that looks like, for me, in building a super simple web app.
[caption id="attachment_5237" align="aligncenter" width="696"] Pipe to the Roof[/caption] Hey folks. Happy Monday. I hope your weekend was awesome and you are ready to get back into the "weekly" flow of things. How was my weekend? Relaxing and really nice. I was able to spend a fair amount of time with my sister and her husband. We didn't do a whole lot, which was fine by me, but it was good to just be around family like that. So, reading documentation is generally not that fun. It is however a pretty important part of development work. Over the weekend we (the ruby on rails class in Atlanta) were supposed to read several pieces of Ruby on Rails documentation. I, being who I am, waited till this...
Then I went to church this morning and my outlook changed just a little. At least as far as this particular blog post is concerned.
Thinking about stories
This morning the pastor at the church I've been attending the last few weeks, talked about the "story of the Bible." How from beginning to end it fits together. Creation, the fall, the children of Israel, Jesus, the early church...
His point was that the entire story experiences a "climax" a "turning point" on the first Good friday and then Easter Sunday. Everything else is either leading up to that moment or referencing that moment.
Maybe this feels like a bit of a tangent in relation to the things I've been covering here on the blog in the last few weeks. However I don't think there has to be a disconnect between what we are here for and what we do.
Actually if there is a huge disconnect between those two things I think we could say that we are in a whole bunch of trouble.
Uhm... what about my story?
So I've done a bit of thinking about my story. I don't think it ranks anywhere on any New York Best sellers list, but that really isn't important.
The life I am living. The daily existence that I am a part of is my story. Because it is my story, it is of exceptional interest to me.
I've been a fan of the writings of Donald Miller for some time. He often refers to life as a book, or as a story. There are all kinds of elements that must come together to have a good and captivating story. Donald's question to his readers is often, "what are you writing? Where is your story going?"
I guess I don't know how my story ends. In fact if I knew how it ends there is a fair chance that I'd laugh right now... Isn't that often the nature of a story? The end is never what you think it will be in the beginning.