Friday, August 3, 2012

When Do it Yourself (DIY) becomes Grey

I am an advocate of Do-it-Yourself (DIY), with limits.  I've determined that DIY dentistry is usually off the table and DIY installation of circuit breakers for my home is simply out of the question.  Nevertheless, each specific 'problem' can be evaluated and a judgement can be made on the time & costs required to complete the task.

"I can't" or "I don't know how" are often used as excuses to sit, do nothing and accomplish the same.  My first question to those responses is typically; "Did you try?", followed by "What did you try?"

All to often, the response is a variation of a Bart Simpson one-liner; "I can't promise that I'll try, but I'll try to try."

Younicycle has been designed to enable Content Developers that lack 'coding skills' to collaborate with Application Developers that have those skills.  WYSIWYG tools, in addition to traditionally styled code editors, should allow the yin and yang of project development to move briskly to success.

We are finding out that there is a grey area, where Application Devs are competent with (example):
  • CSS
  • JQuery
  • SQL
......... but freeze in place ('I don't know how') when required to work with Php (example). The solutions available for such a person are:
  1. Do not use Php.  Determine an alternative that will still accomplish the goal.
  2. Learn Php.
  3. Pay someone to do it for you.
  4. Ask for Free help.  This is a societal variation of Open Source Software
  5. If free help is provided, ask for more.
The gray area begins when # 3, #4 and #5 are combined into their own category. Though we are happy to help, at some point we need to draw a line in the sand.  There is certainly a point where a Dentist or an Electrician says 'pay up'.

We put a Platform as a Service (PaaS) & Cloud IDE Forum up today, as an alternative for certain types of people.

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