In this series we ask ThoughtWorkers to talk about a challenging time for them. A time when learning a new programming language challenged and then changed the way they thought.
This month, Adam Scott tells us his story.
Then it hit me. The basic rules I had learned for Java, and had assumed where true for all languages, were far more limited than I had realised. It opened my eyes, that I like everyone else, could easily fall into the trap of Dunning–Kruger. I didn’t know half as much about programming as I thought I did, and learning a new language reminded me that there is always a better way of solving any problem.
With Ruby, the solution was to use other testing, injection and meta-programming techniques, and not to constrain my thinking to that of the Java world.