In the previous screencast David Heinemeier Hansson impressed upon me the importance of deciding what it is I want to build. It's difficult to learn programming in the abstract. By building something I need and care about I can learn piecemeal, asking just the questions I need to solve the next step. So I wrote down what I want to build and showed it to my next guest Amy Hoy. It became clear pretty quickly that I need to go back to the drawing board - literally! Amy's advice is to separate the design and coding phases. Then design first. Her pragmatic approach put me at ease and I learned it's not all about the tools. It's about being creative and getting ideas out of my head and in front of me so they can be worked and reworked into something cool. The screencast itself ran into some technical problems...no - scratch that - it was self-inflicted again. That being said, I hope you get as much out of the conversation as I did (plus it was a whole lot of fun :)
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