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Ubbe113738dSir Francis Bacon said that genius is similar to speed while method will ensure you are going in the right direction.
Fast-Nop3202738dAdmitting when you didn't know and would figure it out was indeed a big winner. Nobody knows always, but not wasting eng's time in such a case is one thing, and the other is that they could trust when you said you did know.
That's a lot better then being fast but unreliable.
signedadam6237dI have a colleague who is similar to what you said you used to be.
The guy is not a developer and doesn't even know how to code well, started with a tiny bit of experience with python.
But if you give the guy a complex task, he will do research, make amazing notes that could actually be used to teach people, then works through the problem bit by bit.
Another colleague reviewed his code later and said it's "shit" and while I don't deny it could be improved by a lot efficiency and code quality wise, I can guarantee you that the shit talking employee could never have written this package himself.
Sad part is he doesn't code anymore and instead writes design documents..
Despite knowing all the theory, algorithms, conventions and able to make things efficient, some people are just not inherent problem solvers. It can be learned to some extent but there are people to whom it is just natural and maybe you are one of those people
homo-lorens611237d@signedadam Halfway reading through your comment I thought, "That guy should write design documents, he shouldn't waste his time with implementation". To implement something you need to research, but lots of people can research. However, very few can write good documentation from their research.