Coding is Not My Job, I Solve Problems

Have to admit that I do think of myself as a coder, not a problem solver. According to Mike [I should be writing less code][lesscode].

> This is why I stick with the mantra “Write less code”. Whenever I feel like something is getting bigger than it should be or more complicated than it should be, I say “Write less code”. Whenever I write so much code that it gets hard to keep it in context, I refactor, I clean it up, all the while, thinking about “Write less code”.

The biggest issue I see with the above statement, is that clients have never really seemed to be all that interested in paying you to refactor code in the middle of a project. I’ve had a few large WordPress sites with a bunch of custom functionality and half way through I start to loose track of what does what where. Inevitable I find duplicate (or very similar) code. Really I should be stopping and sorting it all out, but I can’t do it for free and the client doesn’t really want to pay for it, so what to I do?

Maybe I need to be spending more time mapping it the function of the site? Maybe I need to be taking higher end clients that realize the need to refactor midstream? Maybe I need to work on my own projects more so I can take the time I want to craft the code I want to write? Maybe I’m a whiner and need to just keep working?

How do you deal with mid-project refactoring?

[lesscode]: “Write Less Code”

2 responses to “Coding is Not My Job, I Solve Problems”

  1. Rae Arnold says:

    Curtis, I try to write under the idea of “make it as general as possible”. That way, when I find myself needing to write duplicate, or very similar code, I first check to see if I can just extend a function I’ve written elsewhere and call it in the new location.

    It doesn’t work quite as well in environments like WP, at least on the plug-in side, but my functions.php can get pretty large with helper functions that can be used by many templates, allowing me to keep my actual templates very streamlined.

    • curtismchale says:

      I’m more often building “template tags” now as well and saving them in Codebox so I can find them later. Most of the tutorials on come from template tags I built.