What I don't know

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I have been reading Apprenticeship Patterns by Dave Hoover and I found a lot of the patterns really helpful. The first thing I put into practice, was to read books and maintain a reading list.

However, this post is not about that. It's about a different pattern: Expose Your Ignorance

Tomorrow I need to look stupider and feel better about it. This staying quiet and trying to guess what's going on isn't working so well. Jake Scruggs in "My Apprenticeship at Object Mentor"

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The idea about exposing your ignorance is to put away your pride. To make a list of things you don't know.

Check out my list here.

Creating my list has helped me realize where I need to dig deeper. For example, notice the lack of items on my Ruby and Rails list. You could say that I know a lot about Rails because the list is very short. But in reality, I haven't really dug deep into Rails and it shows in the lack of specific questions.


Philipp Hansch

Full Stack Developer

Philipp is a full stack developer currently heavily involved with Rust. Most notably he's a member of the Clippy team where he helps with bugfixing and documentation. You can follow him on Mastodon and find him on GitHub as well as Patreon.