Don't Repeat Yourself, Repeat Others

John Nunemaker (OrderedList, Inc.)
Location: Ballroom I Level: Novice
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(3.80, 80 ratings)

“Don’t repeat yourself.” “Don’t reinvent the wheel.” Phrases like this are thrown around like crazy in the programming world, but one is missing. Repeat others. The best way to learn is to imitate those that are better than us.

Let’s focus on how to get better at what we do. Moments of divine inspiration happen rarely, if ever, and when they do are usually preceded by hours of work. Learn how to get better not by being smart, but by being eager, stubborn, and by learning from others.

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John Nunemaker

OrderedList, Inc.

John Nunemaker is passionate, driven and addicted to new. He is the CTO at Ordered List, where he creates simple, usable websites and web applications. You may remember him from such films as HTTParty, MongoMapper, and

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John Nunemaker
06/11/2010 4:35pm EDT

@Ben and @Keith: Thanks! Glad you both enjoyed it.

Keith Norman
06/11/2010 11:22am EDT

Inspiring talk. Would love to see more how-to talks from John because he is great at explaining concepts without losing people.

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Ben Vandgrift
06/08/2010 12:19pm EDT

very solid presentation, good intel, high energy.

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John Nunemaker
03/17/2010 10:55am EDT

Of course. :)

Rafael Magana
03/15/2010 12:14pm EDT

This is actually my learning method, I think it’ll be a very good presentation, are you going to use real code from real projects as examples?

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