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Jeff Ferber
Jeff Ferber

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The most neglected yet vital step of the coding process

It's hard to find an existing library or code sample and so we end up spending too much time looking and/or reinventing the wheel. I wrote an article with tips on how to quickly get to the good stuff:
Finding sample code (free / not behind Medium's paywall)

The article is admittedly on the dry side but I think the topic is one of the most neglected yet vital steps of the coding process.

Even if you don't find a library that you can use directly, skimming a relevant example for inspiration before starting your own programming task is fantastically productive. I used the technique in a recent side project (microservices for small teams), skimming samples before starting each task. It's hard to quantify the boost (2X?) but I don't think I would have finished the project without this technique.

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