Apprenticeship Patterns

Throughout our career, we will be faced with various tasks and situations that will require problems to be solved using various different resources. Some of these resources we will be a challenge in themselves because they may not be easy to learn or obtain. It’s all about picking something and sticking with it. Whether or not this is an idea, a programming language, or something else, it is always important to understand core concepts of ideas in order to completely fulfill them for a certain task. From the reading, there are various definitions of certain professions that can actual alter what we do based on it’s meaning. For instance, the reading talks about the terms apprentice, journeyman, and master and their relationship with software. Not only did I find this a very intriguing distinction, but it really opened my eyes as to just how many types of different operations occur in software craftsmanship. The way that the reading described each of the roles really picked my brain in a good way. It made me realize that there are many things that go on in each of these roles that I would have thought to be redundant. For example, when talking about an apprentice, it important to recognize that it is not really someone who works under an “elder” or master of work. Rather, it is more of an actual process. This process is composed of evolving and finding ways to solve issues in certain situations. It is a way that makes you complete issues and tasks on your own using the resources available while not really relying on someone else. This idea on how an apprentice means a type of process makes sense, especially when looking at it through a software developer point of view. This is because it can be a segway into the Jorneyman and and later a Master. The while the Journeyman is discovering and maintaining focus to grow craft, this later evolves into the “final” tier, the Master. But what exactly is a master created with? Similar to the previous roles of apprentice and journeyman, the master takes on all the processes and situation handling of those and finally gains the skill the enhance the skills of others while also figuring out new skills that can surpass your currents. All of this combined is plays a huge role in the later chapters of 2-6 where it discusses where to start, what to do, how to self motivate and much more. But where should you start?

One of the hardest places of tackling any task is the beginning. I agree with how the book approached this topic. Basically, what the book is telling us is that you should pick something and just stick to it for a while. If you need to solve a problem, you should have at least one language that you can be proficient in. By starting with this, you will have a basic building block for working on other task and to familiarize yourself even further when it comes time to working on other projects and/or jobs.  This chapter, Emptying the Cup (chapter 2), seems pretty relevant to me because I often have this issue. Often times I  have trouble choosing a starting position for tasks and don’t know where to begin. But after reading this chapter, the most important thing to do is to just try and stick with one thing and prevent yourself from trying to do multiple things at once and try to do one process at a time.


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