The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (EN)

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Thanks to the David Bonilla’s recommendation, I’ve seen “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”(2013).

What could I say after watching the film? it remembers me the great step I’ve done on this last year 2018. On this year I’ve left behind a lot of fears that actually blocked me. I realized what I am, what is my real value, and I forced myself to remember at each step the value of humility.

The movie talks us about fears that must be overcomed with real facts, nor with fantasies. We must realise that life is a way, where each step counts. Death is inevitable, and if fears block us then we’ll be doing just one thing: To die. Life has many things that are worth, so for them we walk.

On this year, I also realised about the real value that has to be a PROFESSIONAL developer. I’ve take that step that makes you to watch things from another point of view, where you learn to identify those things that little by little are harming you, and also to appreciate what is worth fighting.

Definitely, during this year I have read books that have escorted and lighted me on this way, like “Clean Code” and “The Clean Coder” by Robert C. Martin, and over all “The Software Craftsman” by Sandro Mancuso; they are able to name things by their names, and to show the real value of a developer craft. When you are a programmer that lives it with passion, it could be amazing and at the same time frustrating when you see how things well done are systematically being despised

And this what is also “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” about: it calls us to appreciate our professionalism: The Crafter’s Craft.

La Vida Secreta de Walter Mitty (ES)

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Gracias a la recomendación de David Bonilla, he visto la película “La vida secreta de Walter Mitty”(2013).

¿Qué puedo decir después de verla? que me recuerda el gran paso que he dado este año 2018….en este año he dejado atrás muchos miedos que me bloqueaban realmente. Me he dado cuenta de lo que soy, de lo que valgo por mí mismo, y obligandome a recordar a cada paso el valor de la humildad.

La película nos habla de los miedos que deben ser superados con hechos reales, no con fantasías. Debemos ser conscientes de que la vida es un camino, donde cada paso cuenta. Morir es inevitable, y si los miedos nos dejan parados sólo estaremos haciendo una cosa: morir. La vida tiene muchas cosas por las que merece la pena vivir, y por ellas caminamos.

Este año también me he dado cuenta del valor real que tiene ser un Desarrollador PROFESIONAL, con todo lo que ello implica. He dado ese paso que te hace ver las cosas desde otra perspectiva, desde la que aprendes a identificar aquello que poco a poco te está haciendo  daño, y a apreciar aquello por lo que merece la pena luchar.

Sin duda, durante este año ha habido libros que me han acompañado e ilustrado en este camino, como “Clean Code” y “The Clean Coder” de Robert C. Martin, y sobre todo “The Software Craftsman” de Sandro Mancuso… Capaces de nombrar las cosas por su nombre, y de enseñar el valor de la profesión de programador. Cuando eres un programador que la vive con pasión, puede ser maravilloso y a la vez frustrante cuando ves cómo se desprecia sistemáticamente el valor de las cosas bien hechas.

Y de esto va también “La vida secreta de Walter Mitty”, de que sepamos apreciar nuestro profesionalismo: el saber hacer de un artesano.

The Software Craftsman, by Sandro Mancuso


I would like to recommend you an exceptional book named “The Software Craftsman” by Sandro Mancuso

So, I’m going to share with you some thoughts about it, most of them gathered on this book’s philosophy (and others like “CleanCoders” by Robert C.Martin)

The “Long Road” that we, some programmers have chosen is to care about our professionalism, putting it first (or at least trying) the “technique excellence”; backing it as professionals that we should be (as I suppose no patient should tell his surgeon where to cut), saying NO where its time to say NO, and not replying “well..YES, we could try to do it in a week”..and at the end, the product quality will be diminished, as the “maintainability” will do, increasing a step more the development times of any other future improvement.

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Clean Coders: Put a Kata in your life

One of the last books I’ve read is Clean Coder, by Robert C. Martin ;

This book is not about Coding or programming techniques; it is about the professional behaviour… So it is about you, about how you have to behave inside your professional environment; how you have to put first your professional and technical values, and how you have to put them over the table.

Also, as a “Software Craftsman” you have to take into account that from the first key you have pressed in your life, until the end of your career…you will be always learning and teaching..This is a PATH..the path of the Craftsman.

By now, I would like to comment about one of the main aspects of this path…The Practice….The practice is important, and it is very important that it stays out of your work-time…it is your responsibility as  a professional to practice as the musician practice & learn   out his concerts, or  as the surgeon practice & learn out of her surgery operations…. It is your commitment if you are considering yourself a professional.

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