Now that I’ve had a little time to think over this recent project, I have begun consider a few things about the two major mistakes that I made along the way. First, I chose the wrong framework. Second, I probably spent more time than I should have trying to pound a square peg into the round hole. The first mistake is one that all developers try to avoid in the first place—if (or should I say when?) one does make such a mistake, it’s always good to have a plan B to fall back on, which we did. In this case plan B was better than plan A. As it is, I learned that there were some gaps in how I previously went about evaluating an application framework. In particular, I overlooked how challenging it might be to customize the look and feel of the framework that was my initial favorite.
Learning from the second mistake seems to be a case of discretion being the better part of valor. I fully believe that there is a way to accomplish what I wanted with that first framework but that I simply don’t currently have skill and familiarity with that framework to do it. Eventually I would have gotten there but that’s a battle for another day. Learning to avoid the second mistake for me is a matter of balancing persistence in the face of a challenge with enough awareness of my own strengths and limitations to recognize when too much persistence becomes just plain stubbornness. In that regard, I might have sooner asked myself if I was trying to overcome the challenge out of a sense of personal pride or if it was really in the best interest of the customer. Had I done so, I think I would have been quicker to move to the solution that we ultimately decided on.
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