Trial, Trial and Error

Chris Wright
December 13, 2016
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Everyone knows the age-old adage “if at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” In web development, it goes a little differently: “you may not succeed at first so, trial trial and error.” If you aren’t an A+ developer who always gets everything right because you’re a wizard genius, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. This means exactly what it sounds like, you may not get it the first time, or the second time but if you keep at it, you eventually will get it. 

I sat in on a couple interviews where the interviewee was asked to make a box change colors and move across the screen. It’s a simple task really, but there are many ways you could accomplish this, through CSS, Javascript or even both. Most things are like this, they can be solved many different ways. This makes troubleshooting much easier because instead of having one solution, there can be many different solutions, your job is to find the best one that works for you and your company. 

Just remember that you may not succeed at first, but the answer is out there, so trial, trial and error.