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No such thing as coder's block 🧱

No such thing as coder's block 🧱
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There is no such thing as writer's block.
Seth Godin has been preaching this for years, to writers and other creatives.

It also applies to us, data scientists: There is no such thing as coder's block.

Writers see an empty page and are "[afraid] of bad writing".
Programmers see an empty script and are afraid of bad code.

Do not start with a blank page. Setup a template script for your work. Have a script that you copy-and-paste to your new project, which already sets you on the right track.

Or even better:
Have a template project ready to go in your GitHub, clone it, and start typing.

You cannot write the perfect code in your first sitting. As a matter of fact, there will always be room for improvement. If not today, then a month, year, or decade from now, after you honed your craft, and the language improved.

Start somewhere. Start with the minimal viable line of code. The line, which solves your problem for one observation, for one fixed value, or for one iteration. Write it, then scale up from there.

What are you working on?
When was the last time you opend RStudio, VS Code, or Jupyter?

Let me know in the comments below!
Finn-Ole Höner – Medium
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