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Today I Learned

I’m intentionally slow to script things away in my day-to-day development. I understand the benefits of scripting away repetitive tasks. But I’ve found that they come at the cost of empathy.

I used to have an alias of be for running bundle exec. When I’d pair with newer developers, they’d begin to think that be is a command they should know, when in fact it was a customization they’d need to borrow. So I’ve formed the habit of always typing out bundle exec.

It takes a little more time. But when someone is looking over my shoulder, they’re learning how to do do the thing rather than learning my abstraction about how to do the thing.