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Insights / November 27, 2017

Don’t Trust Shortcuts

By Eugene Belinski

A couple days ago, I was really excited to finish a new feature for a pro bono iOS app I was working on, but there was just one piece missing. It was a piece I was dreading, so I left it off until the end. I knew there was a “proper” way of implementing it, but it would’ve taken more time. So, I just took a shortcut and went another way.

I told myself, “In theory, this will work!”
Then, I sent it out.

It didn’t work.

I had to rewrite it from scratch. It didn’t take much longer than the first try, and I learned some new things about iOS networking. But that shortcut ended up costing more time than it saved. I should’ve known not to trust it. And, now, I do.