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What Are the Benefits of Being Uncomfortable?

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Can you share an experience where you stepped out of your comfort zone in coding, and looking back, you're glad you did?

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Joe Mainwaring • Edited

Can you share an experience where you stepped out of your comfort zone in coding, and looking back, you're glad you did?

Single Sign-On. It's a common feature in B2B SaaS products and fairly important to maintain as a broken feature or misconfigured customer integration has a devastating impact on usability and reputation.

I wasn't involved with implementing the feature on the product originally, as the Mobile Architect I owned the mobile experience. One day we had a mobile-specific SSO issue arise with a high-ARR customer, and I had to go from zero to hero in a week to resolve the issue.

That first support request was painful, I complained a lot, but most importantly - I solved the problem on my own in a reasonable amount of time, and I learned A LOT. This experience for better or worse, positioned me as the SSO guru as I now understood the mechanics of the protocol and the nature of the integration that both sides configured. I developed an expertise across different SSO vendors and developed a series of guides for other engineers to perform SSO related tasks - like troubleshooting or spinning up developer resources (SSO instances) for testing.

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Frank Font

The benefit of being uncomfortable?

That's sometimes the first clue you are experiencing an opportunity for growth.

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Having to work in a code base full of legacy code that was written in an unsupported language was probably far out of my comfort zone for a while. Dealing with it really made me better at a series of languages though that are still used today and I'm able to perform better at my new position because of it!

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Retiago Drago

Change and migrate the codebase from Jupyter Notebook cells into Python scripts for a $30 freelance work. During that time, I knew for sure Jupyter Notebook was a first mistake I made when I knew the deployment will be easier in script. I used to code and explored in Jupyter Notebook, and I was never prepared for the deployment part. I need ChatGPT to guide me on how to deploy it even though I've already coded my solution in a modular function in Jupyter Notebook, but it needed to be in a modular class to actually worked. Software development is my weakness point. That's why I always wandering and exploring thing rather than building thing. And this comes from a Bachelor of Computer Science like me. Yes, people like me exists. Now, I will keep moving forward building things a little bit better, one step at the time, and just like Adele say passionately:

Go, easy on me, baby

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Prasad Saya

Can you share an experience where you stepped out of your comfort zone in coding, and looking back, you're glad you did?

Almost every project I worked with had a different technologies and aspects of software development in the beginning of my software professional journey (this was in early 1990s until early 2000s). Though I entered each project with little knowledge and/or experience, I dived into them with interest and finally came with experience and knowledge which is invaluable. Also to note, in those times there was no internet and digital media - I had to solely depend upon books, manuals, training and of course folks I had worked with. And the hard work. I always purchased books related to the work and spent my own time learning as I worked.

If I had thought about only work related to my training, specific technologies or line of work in software field, I would not have had the experience.