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The answer to your question isn't going to help if you don't understand the problem - or - the answer.1
That moment when you realize that writing “that moment when...” is because you’re too passive and insecure to just say what you really want to say...7
“Hi. I’m trying to PM you.”
“Ok. I don’t accept friend requests - because people ask me private questions - and the whole point of this public forum is to ask questions publicly.”
“But if I could just show you my link and ask you some questions...”1
If you take a crappy website... and then you draw out a few screens of that visual design... and change some colors and borders... (and it not even a real interface) (just a screenshot of a photoshop document) (and it doesn't work) (and it's basically the same shitty interface) (and it's not real) (and you never tested it with users)
...and you are feeling like you have imposter syndrome, it's because you aren't a UX designer. You need help. You are deeply delusional.
We can help you - but you have to be really honest with yourself...
You're going to have to do some real work, read some books, and accept that *praise* - is not the goal.9
Reddit... is so confusing to me. Can't post until you've posted enough... ok... I get it, like a green-card. I have to be in the US for 7 years before I can get a green-card, but I'm not allowed to be in the US. BUT
Seriously... answer me this:
What do I write here... if I want to ask the moderator a question? I've sent a bunch and I'm starting to think that it is my fault. I'm not going to lead the witness here: just please explain it to me.
Will this send it to all of the mods? Do I need to pick 1 mod and put their name there? Please... help me understand. This just shuts my brain off when I read it.6
If we were talking - and then all of the sudden, I don’t talk to you anymore... it’s probably because you ignored my advice and chose to go to an especially bad boot camp. Now - that’s fine! But the reason I’m not talking to you is because I just don’t know how to say anything positive about your terrible decision and the terrible school... so - I’m just not saying anything at all.8
All you have to do to be a successful internet business / is to make something that isn’t insanely fucking terrible in every way... or make something insanely terrible... but have so much money and coverage and control that there is really no way to fail.
And of course / option 2 requires a bunch of mindless developers with no regard for what their creations do to the world.4
I know there are a lot of “devs” out there who only feel responsible for the ‘code’ - but you aren’t.
You’re responsible for the end product too.
When you help build a steaming pile of shit - it’s your fucking fault. It’s not the boss’s fault - it’s everyone who let it happen’s fault.
These hell-holes like Kaiser Permanente and Covered California - and nearly all the government portals and the banks... and almost everything I can think of - are way past unacceptable. You are hurting everyone.
If you are putting these pieces of trash into the word: you need to rethink your life. If there is a hell, you are going there.
Wake the fuck up.
You’re going to have to use these things when you are older. Your kids will have to use them. Your parents will have to use them.
Set an example. Stop making horrible things that don’t work and hurt people.
Start changing - today.13
How many people - and how many days - should it take to put up 1 Facebook ad?
I’m not sure how anything could be really be this terrible...
I think FB knows I don’t like them / and are routing me to the ‘troll’ admin panels.1
I work for Google and Facebook.
Well... is that really true?
Uh... well, does a cow work for a farmer?
Hmmm... not really voluntarily... the cow just kinda gets milked and then the farmer sells its milk.
Yeah. That’s what I do. They milk me for my attention - and then they sell that to corporate advertisers.
Yeah... Hmmm... well, I guess you do work for them... but you don’t get paid...
I can still put it on my resume though, right?9
It you are just starting to learn programming and you are telling everyone else where the best resources are... and what the best practices are... and just repeating everything you hear... and you have “imposter syndrome,” it’s because you are an imposter.
Just enjoy the learning process. It’s not going to end...
Stop being a liar - and you’ll stop feeling like people think you are lying.6
I wish I had been an “ex-Google tech lead” for a week - so that could tell everyone I was “ex Google” as if it were like being a Dr. or something.
When I make a post... and there’s not a single +, I know one of three things:
Either I’m on to something big, no one saw it, or no one pushed +.
So - that makes me feel pretty good.6
The internet: “hey - I need help with my assignment”
Me: “sit down and work through it - and if you can’t... get a better teacher”6
I just woke up from this horrific dream. It was a super dark talented mr ripely style nightmare.
This estranged relative had come back into my life and things were going fine but got weird fast. Eventually we’re at this point where I’ve already half killed then with a hammer and it’s been this insane back and forth/psychological torture as they fade between character. They’re weeping and naked crawling toward me pleading - but it’s way past that.
I’m trying to save my mom and escape - and I can tell they are about to get another wind and charge me. I look down and realize they have no shoes either - so, I spot a porcelain lamp and crash it to the ground and it shatters and fills the space with shards. Their eyes full with rage as they switch character and realize we cannot be manipulated. This is the end. We narrowly escaped as they run across the floor and cut their feet and slam to the ground in shrieking agony. Super scary.
Then I thought... this feels terrible.
Kinda like being on Reddit - or just in a bad comment thread.
Is anyone ever "hacking" anything at a hackathon these days?
Seems more like "building 40% of a CRUD app really fast!"
(but maybe I'm seeing the wrong hackathons)7
I learned web development from css-tricks and Chris Coyier's lynda.com class around 2010.
Today, I have an article on css-tricks - and I'm just really grateful and happy. So, that's all. It's fun to see things come full-circle.
If you like live-style-guides and tearing down the boundaries between "creatives" and "coders" - you might like it!
Our laptops aren’t connecting to the internet. The Apple TV won’t stream anything but Netflix. Nothing else is working properly... but we watched an entire movie on Netflix without a hiccup...
How does that happen? It’s creeping me out!7
“I’m just a person who types things for 1/40th of my value - and that’s life and I have no control over it - so, don’t bother expecting me to be able to discuss it... leave me alone - I was happy just not thinking... “
- people who didn’t upvote my rants
Hahahah / but not haha. Really: super depressing for them...
I’ve got a great idea for an app.
So, it’s like the apps that allow you to pay rent or pay power bills or you know... order things... manage things... all the user interface apps out there that we use... but the twist is... that we could make apps like those / that don’t fucking suck! What do you think? Just make things... that aren’t super shitty and useless and beyond frustrating.
I bet it would even make you more money than doing a super fucked half-assed job.10
So, you've got a deadline... and so you PM me and ask for help... and I spend an hour pointing you to the concepts... but you aren't really trying to learn... and you just want me to do your class assignment for you... because you only have until Monday?
But you also know... that it says: "Playing call of duty" next to your name... right?1
“Free? Must be trash.”
“Pay for it? Psss yeah right. I’m sure there’s a free version.”
“Wait... really really expensive and a really really long line and a chance I won’t even be allowed to buy it? I’m am so there.”
- everyone but me?11
Public CSS discord: "Oh, awesome thanks, man! No need to apologize, I'll check the code. I DM'd you."
DM: Total meltdown cry baby freak-out... "Oh yeah... well, if the code is broken - then why does my repo have 63 stars? I think I'd know if my code didn't work - it must be your computer. Why won't you let me team-viewer into your computer and see your screen? I don't care about your personal information. It's made with React, not CSS. I thought you would be helpful - but you're not at all. You aren't professional..."
Uh... (I can see the code... team-viewer isn't going to help you... and I'm at work... and I already spent 15 minutes helping you - you fucking prick)13
"Hey, I learned what the internet was yesterday and read some random stuff some strangers said. Let me tell you about the best materials to learn web development."
- Way too many people2