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Discussion and Comment of the Week

The DEV team is starting a new weekly roundup series to highlight what we believe to be the most thoughtful and/or interesting discussion of the week. We'll also be highlighting one particularly cool comment in each installment. πŸ™Œ

There are loads of awesome conversations happening on DEV across various tags (#discuss, #help, and #watercooler to name a few...) so our picks are going to be a somewhat subjective, but we'll try to be as fair as we can in our quest to spotlight these discussions and comments.

So, why are we doing this?

For one, we want to have some fun and make folks feel good! πŸ˜„

But also, we think that the DEV Community is particularly special because of the kind and thoughtful discussions happening between community members. We want to encourage folks to participate in discussions and reward those who are initiating or taking part in conversations across the community. After all, a community is made possible by the people interacting inside it.

We have such a great gathering of folks from different backgrounds, at various stages in their dev journeys, all with unique perspectives and something worth sharing! Let's keep the discussions rolling, stay friendly, and help one another out when possible, and enjoy each others' company.

We hope you enjoy this new series! Let's get to it...

Discussion of the Week

This week we'd like to highlight "Those of you who've worked as a contractor and as a full-time employee, which did you prefer?" posted by @moopet.

It's common for devs to work both contract jobs and full-time positions, so this one feels particularly relevant to many folks here. Plenty of community members chimed in to talk about their personal experiences as both contractors & full-time team members and there was a lot of great guidance given around the pros/cons of both.

If you have any thoughts on the matter, don't be shy! Head on over to the post and chime in.

Comment of the Week

We're choosing to spotlight this particularly helpful comment from @marissab in response to "I want to start writing about development, but I’m a beginner. Is this is a bad idea?" which was posted by Sloan, DEV's mascot, anonymously on behalf of a community member.

I want to post about the problems I'm facing, the solutions I'm coming up with, and the different concepts I'm learning, but I don't know if I can speak with enough authority on these topics yet to do so.

So don't speak with authority about it. Speak to what you're doing and showing your process instead.

If you spin it as "This is the learning process I'm taking and what I found - what feedback do you have?" I think it'd do great. You'd be framing it as seeking advice and sharing your experience instead of coming off like you're trying to be an expert on something. People working on cars do this all the time on older forums where they find an issue, try a couple options, then present what they did and ask what others have done. You don't have to be an expert on a specific car part to try out a couple things and bumble around to make things work better. Same goes for programming.

Asking for feedback is a good way to engage the experienced audience too. Even if you solved your problem and met your requirement of making the thing work, someone else could chime in with "Hey, next time give (this other method) a go" or "You may want to look up (other thing) to try". Even just getting the name of something to Google can kick you way ahead in progress.

There were so many thoughtful, helpful comments posted to this prompt that it's really hard to choose just one. It's awesome to see how kind and encouraging the community has been in response to new devs writing while they're in their early days of learning. Marissa's comment really shines here as it's particularly instructive on how a new dev might shape their content to fit the stage that they're at. It encourages folks that are new to development to be honest & open in their writing and reminds them to show their work & be open to instructive criticism. All great advice!

That's all

Again, we hope you enjoy this new series! Keep the helpful discussions & thoughtful comments coming, and stay tuned to this series for next week's picks.

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GrahamTheDev • Edited

Damn, I made 2000 comments in a year (some of which might actually have been useful) and when I take my foot off the gas you go and introduce this? 🀣

Only kidding, sounds like a great idea, I find the comments more valuable than the articles themselves a lot of the time!

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Michael Tharrington

Lol! I promise the two are unrelated. Though maybe this will reel ya back in? πŸ˜„

I find the comments more valuable than the articles themselves a lot of the time!

So true.

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GrahamTheDev

Haha, I will certainly try and be active again in the comments! 🀣❀️

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Marissa B

That explains why my inbox was spamming me with notifications haha. Thank you for the highlight! :D

I'll admit that I was drawn to that post originally because of the sloth icon. I freakin' love sloths and wanted to see what a sloth was posting. Glad I could help some peeps.

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Michael Tharrington

Haha! Sloths are kinda the best.

And since Earth Day is tomorrow, I wanna point out this Sloth-focused post that we shared a couple years back on the day:

Anywho, really happy to highlight your comment! It was a seriously thoughtful, helpful one. πŸ™Œ

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Adam Crockett

I'm voting this the best comment for this week on my recent post regarding age. How inspirational πŸ‘

Hi there coders. I am age 68 and still learning. I played around with React last year and went Serverless too. Now that I am retired I have more time to spend on coding and writing some Dev.to articles. It is so important for older people to keep exercising the brain.

find out more about me at
howtolearnjava.com

or do a Google search on Rick Delpo

Happy Coding!!

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Michael Tharrington

That is an awesome and inspiring comment. Really appreciate you sharing!! πŸ˜€

I think in future editions of this, I'll urge folks to drop a link to their favorite comment or discussion of the week as it really would be fun to see folks's favorites in the comments here.

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Adam Crockett

Yes I think that's a good value add πŸ™ƒ

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Michael Tharrington

Haha no doubt! It's just fun to see what everybody is into and let folks give shoutouts to others in the community β€” hopefully share some interesting reads and spread some feel goods. πŸ™Œ

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Nick Taylor

Actor from Game of Thrones saying Nice!

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Michael Tharrington

Thank ya sir! Side note: who is this guy in the GIF? He kinda reminds me of ya. πŸ˜€

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Ricardo Giro

Great idea! Also can I just say how much I love Sloan as a concept? Totally removes the fear of ridicule or doubt or shame. Kudos for that!

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Michael Tharrington

Thanks!! Some great minds came up with Sloan long before I ever joined the team. 🧠

But, I totally agree with ya!! Sloan is available to post anonymously on behalf of community members and it's a really great outlet for folks that have something they wanna ask the community but don't feel comfortable asking themselves.

Glad you dig Sloan and really appreciate you chiming in here! πŸ˜„

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technoshy

I really like pug

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