I review code and software quite a bit. If you’d like me to check out and critique your masterpiece, feel free to reach out. I can definitely help. I’ve picked apart software backwards and forwards. It would help tremendously if you send me an open code.
If you’re having a tough time with certain operations, I can quickly get to the heart of the problem and save you a tremendous amount of time, effort and, yes, tears and heartache because I’ve seen the very best coders who were otherwise extremely creative and imaginative and smart beat themselves up unnecessarily because they refuse to let another pair of eyes look at their work.
Believe me, I understand how territorial people get with their software. I often treat the code that I produce either for myself or clients as well as jobs as my own children, but you know what? If you really want to take things to the next level, and you truly want to solve problems, you have to set your ego aside because the bottom line is it definitely is all about ego. Because a lot of coders I know who have a tough time sharing their work for assessment and critique purposes do so because they’re afraid of being judged. They’re afraid that people would find holes in their code and other stuff.
I understand where you’re coming from but hear me out. The first time that I allowed myself to let others check out my work and fix it was the moment that I became a better coder. It really doesn’t get any simpler than that. So, take it for what it’s worth. I know how precious your software is to you, but if you really want to make it perform well and live up to its fullest potential, you need to step back a little, let go and let other coding devotees like yourself take a stab at it.
Drop Us a Line
If you’re asking for reviews, I can definitely review your materials but do me a big favor, don’t expect positive reviews all the time. Now, this doesn’t mean I’m going to bash your work. Get that out of your head. Instead, understand that I will post realistic reviews.
I review materials to help the coder behind it step up his game. This is very different from basically appealing to your ego, stroking your ego and just posting positive reviews, pretending like there are no serious holes, gaps or room for improvement in your work. Believe it or not, writing such reviews is not going to help any of us. Because this blog is supposed to be a community resource, and this means I’m going to set up a situation where everybody can learn from other people’s code. So, expect realistic reviews.
I critique software from a developer’s perspective; hence, consider yourself warned. It may sting at first, but if you take it for what it’s worth and you use it for its intended purpose, the reviews here can actually help you become a much better coder. I know it definitely helped me. Furthermore, the more I review other people’s work, the better of a coder I become. So, it’s a win-win situation.
You have to understand that whenever you post code online, it has a life of its own. You really don’t know which pair of eyes from any corner of the world would take a look at your materials. This can trigger quite an avalanche of creative juices. You may not be aware of it. There might not be a press release but believe me, it happens all the time.
It’s kind of like the first time the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band got released or Velvet’s Underground’s Banana album got released. In the beginning, it wasn’t that big of a deal, but as it sunk in, it really changed the music world. The same applies with coding. So, please feel free to share.