Close-Minded Developers

A good 3-4 years.

Actually, breaking OUT of this is when things started to get better. But, those first 3-4 years of learning how to code, I was stuck with this insane idea that for everything I wanted do or build…

There was only ONE right way to do it.

I was constantly looking for “the way”.

I remember I used to get so mad, because the few coding teachers there were at the time all had different ways of doing the same thing. And, I used to scream in my head, “But, what’s the RIGHT way?”

Drove me nuts.

And, had me chasing ghosts for quite awhile.

One of the big reasons it took me 5 years just to learn PHP.

(Talk about a knife to the gut that was!)

In any case, I finally figured out that’s not how it works. In development, in particular, there literally is 100 ways to skin a cat (btw, who ever came up with that morbid-ass saying).

That’s why I focus on this in my courses.

I purposefully try to stretch your mind.

And, expand your thinking.

And, smash that “one way” mentality to bits.

For example, right now, when it comes to design patterns… MVC is “the way, the truth and the life” for most developers. And hey, it’s good. I even include a primer on it in my OOP course.

So, I’m not hating on MVC.

But, it’s only ONE of many design patterns.

And, it has its flaws.


That’s what they’d say… but it’s true.

That’s why I teach another kind of design pattern. One, I actually like better and has been used by mentors of mine in large integration-centric applications.

In fact, it’s THEE CRM for one client of mine.

But, that’s not really the point.

The point is to get you to think differently.

To not just fall lock-step into what everyone else is doing.

That’s where leaders come from. And, that’s what I want for you. To not just be another me-too developer-drone, marching in unison, chanting “MVC” (or whatever the “thing of the day” is).

I want you to be THE ONE creating these things.

Showing others new ways of doing things.

Creating the new solutions to new problems.

Because, you’re not afraid to think differently.

Yes! That can be scary to think about. But, it sure is a helluva a lot more fun way to do this whole development thing. And, it’s the best way to leave your mark on this industry and be recognized and remembered.

Anyhoo, I show you this design pattern in my OOP course.

You can get access to it for nothing over on SkillShare. Just go here to start your 2-month no-cost trial: Take my OOP course and all my others. Cancel anytime before the 2 months is up and you’ll never pay a penny.

And, away you go.

So, who’s ready to leave their mark?

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