【 Becoming a PHP Professional 第二篇】
The Importance of Others
This article is a partial followup to my previous article about becoming a PHP Professional, but with a focus on mentorship. While this is, in fact, just a personal impression I’ve cultivated over the years in the industry, I encourage everyone to read it and see how much they agree or disagree with the notions I present.
The buddy system
In “The Missing Link”, I briefly touched on finding a mentor, companion or friend to work with. I’d like to expand on that point slightly.
When you work on improving your skills on your own, you’ll often find yourself stuck. In fact, the experts frequently find themselves stuck more often than newbies, but it’s the speed and skill with which they “unstick” themselves that makes them stand out in the cold, snowy field of identically unimpressive snowflakes.
This intense digestion of a problem is, with beginners, additionally slowed down by the fact that they neither know where to look for solutions, nor in which direction to steer their thoughts. A solo newbie stuck on a never before seen problem often ends up in a limbo not unlike the Stanley Parable, spinning round and round through dull, yet strangely interesting hallways until ending up at the beginning again.
When you have an equally interested and motivated companion beside you – be it your partner, a mentor, a boss, a team member, a cat you simply shout theories at, or just an innocent bystander who can think logically and is unable to run away as you posit your question – the problem is, often quite literally, half as difficult to solve.
Even an imaginary buddy helps at first, if you have no one real nearby. On countless occasions I’ve found myself explaining a problem to my boss only to come to the solution half way through, simply because I listed the alternatives and roadbumps out loud.
So, if two heads halve the problem’s difficulty (or, rather, the time it takes to solve the problem at its original difficulty), ten heads solve it ten times faster, no? Not always. 继续阅读