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Top 5 DEV Comments from the Past Week

This is a weekly roundup of awesome DEV comments that you may have missed. You are welcome and encouraged to boost posts and comments yourself using the #bestofdev tag.

Thanks for the perspective on time estimation as a developer, @jonrandy!

From 25 years of development experience, I've found it is best not to estimate - at all. Estimation just wastes time.

This is very true:

"Estimation is ultimately a futile effort. Software, more or less, is like writing poetry. Or solving mathematical proofs. It takes as long as it takes, and it’s done when it’s done. Perfect, or imperfect, estimation won’t change how long it takes to complete the work. If that sounds horrible to you, then go do something else."

(quote is from here)

I wouldn't even qualify this as a wrong answer to "What is software development? Wrong answers only" @panditapan!

software: the warm feeling of recently washed and dried clothes * - * (one of my favorite feelings)

girl carrying clothes

Thank you for your meaningful contributions to DEV, @emma!

Yes! I've made a couple of contributions. My favourite is something I added in DEV's notification settings - "Send notifications when someone reacts to my comments or posts".

Great tips on making Chrome work for you (not the other way around) β€” extensions or no extensions, @ludamillion!

There are a number of things here you can do without extensions just by using the developer tools.

Timeshift => just go to the sensorstab in the dev tools and select your desired location from the location dropdown. Need to debug a specific location? Just click the manage button next to the dropdown and add your own.

Pesticide => Dead simple; just add a new style rule in the elements tab. * { outline: 1px solid red; }. Doing it this way has the advantage of not being tied to any browser. It'll work in anything, even ancient versions of IE.

I can't say this isn't my brain's first instinct any time I read the term "children" here on DEV, @codemouse92 πŸ˜…

...half asleep, I click onto DEV, see Using Children in React, and forgot all my programming knowledge briefly. So I saw literal children being called over for a work project.

Sips coffee, glad to leave the website building to Ali Spittel and other brilliant minds.

See you next week for more great comments ✌

Top comments (4)

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Fantastic comments, @jonrandy , @panditapan , @emma , @ludamillion , @codemouse92 ! Keep it up!

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Tom Smykowski

In 5 years I will stop estimating. Sounds great! :)

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Jason C. McDonald

What I didn't mention was that said children in my mental image were project components, rather than coworkers. I was reeeeeeeally out of it. :D

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oh, this is a nice surprise!

thankies :3