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Having a favourite tool might mean you don't use the best tool (100 Bytes Of Wisdom: Day 66)

Having a favourite tool might mean you don't use the best tool

Bad engineering is going into a problem solving phase with a bias towards your favourite potential solution. This is absolutely absurd yet it happens all the time, especially in software engineering and especially online. This is becoming too common online, and it’s super super sad to see. I want to say its bad engineering to even like a technology or tool. If you like it, you’ll have bias towards it when it comes to problem solving, and you’ll be a worse problem solver (aka engineer) for it. This field is for problem solvers, not solution users.

Heads up: As with any terse bit of advice, there will be exceptions of course, and subtleties and nuance that can't possibly be captured in a Byte of Wisdom. This has been what I've experienced, I'd love to hear yours in the comments too!

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