Friday, April 25, 2008

Pride, stubbornness, and the costs of inquiring

When stumped on a programming issue that someone else can probably answer, I always had to decide if it was worth the cost of distracting another programmer from his tasks to answer my question. If I'm probably going to spend an hour figuring out something that someone can answer in 5 minutes, then it's right to ask. But if it will only take 20 minutes, then probably not, since the blind alleys I travel will help me learn.

I will admit that pride and stubbornness in wanting to find the answer myself does affect my decision making here too.

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