Dev Experience For Personal Projects
My personal projects have poor developer experience. Any time I want to fix a bug or improve a service, I experience a lot of frustration.
For example, I wanted to upgrade the UI of my pomodoro script to have colors for completed and cancelled tasks, better prompts and mark the task status. I couldn't get how the original script worked and any change I made broke something. I added the features but the experience was painful. I didn't have another way to tell that I broke something except from running the script end to end.
I set up my first server manually, without documentation. There were a lot of experiments I did, which means it's impossible to create a similar setup in future or upgrade the same server. A better way would have been to document the set up, or put everything in code using ansible, with comments that explain non-obvious configurations.
I'll try and have at least these in my personal projects to help with dev experience:
- easy set up of project
- easy and fast testing
- clear documentation on manual and non-obvious steps
- documentation to run and build the project
- documentation on how I deployed the project
- explanation for non-obvious debugging steps