Going live


Over the weekend just ended, I have delivered two websites to their owners; all developments completed, all functional requirements (the things that the owners wanted) fully, erm, functional.

I don’t know which stage of the developments I enjoyed the most (and that might be bonkers to most people).

The different components of a fairly complex, mid-range development are:

  • imagining the idea as it was described to me
  • sketching out a draft model to help me understand the dependencies
  • creating the first prototype
  • enhancing the prototype; adding lots of different functionality as it developed
  • fixing bugs, resolving problems
  • working with the website owners to get down to a very detailed level of understanding
  • snagging/bug-fixing issues that became more and more minor with each passing day
  • adding new ideas, building in things which the website owners hadn’t considered could be done
  • declaring a project ‘ready’ and handing it back to the website owner
  • watching the owner load the website with content and watching it go ‘live’
  • adding things to my ‘extra enhancements’ list
  • crossing things off my ‘extra enhancements’ list as I build them, or resolve the previously undiscovered bugs
  • watching people use the project

Actually, I think the one thing that I enjoy more than any of these – even though it may be related to more than a few of them – is having to undertake detailed technical research to fix a thing.

And there have been several of those.

Twenty three, to be precise.

I’ve loved facing the “Oh my God, this is a problem that is way out of my depth/area of knowledge!” moment.

And then being analytical.

Breaking the problem down.

And trying to resolve parts of it – or all of it! – myself.

Or stealing fragments of someone else’s programming to overcome elements of the problem.

That’s happened eighteen times.

Yes, it’s the intricate research/problem-solving; that’s the part I have enjoyed the most.

Because I’m weird worth it.


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