hack or think

My friend tells me today:

“Szczepan, if I have a choice: to hack it in 5 minutes or to think hard about it for 3 hours… I hack”

I didn’t have to wonder too long what I would choose. Obviously it’s thinking about it for 3 hours.

Who is better developer then?


You need both in your team. Smarter people wrote that hundred times before me but hear it again. It’s the variety of characters and opinions what sparks creativity. You might think about it next time you set up a team.

6 Responses to hack or think

  1. felix says:

    I think this is not only about different people. Actually I tend to start hacking for a bit as part of the thinking. After I hack 15 minutes, I know a lot more about the problem. Then I start thinking again for an hour or so. So hacking for me is like doing sketching out ideas. So both approaches are valuable, and it’s probably good to have a balance in the team…

  2. Eugene says:

    Nice article. Thanks. :) Eugene

  3. Anay Kamat says:

    Rather than just thinking for hours, you can timebox it and spike out different solutions. If required, describe your problem in forums and continue with your solution even if it’s hacky and the best one you/team knows. In most cases, somebody will definitely reply to forum thread sharing experience and a better solution to the problem.

    The key is to keep learning.

  4. Junior says:

    На самом деле идея не нова:Good code is its own best documentation. As you’re about to add a conmemt, ask yourself, How can I improve the code so that this conmemt isn’t needed? Steve McConnell

  5. I think that is beyond my scope of ‘hacking’. :-) That is why I’m using the +/- method. You may want to check out .I know what you want to do…have an easy way (like the widget link list) to add links to your blog. Well, if you look at the +/- Blogging Chicks Blogroll, you will see that it is a lengthy list. It is easy to open a blogroll and put the list in your sidebar. Plus, adding a link to your blogroll is very simple to keep a long link list and add links to it on the fly. Go to and sign up. They have a feature called 1 Click Blogrolling. This is from their site:”To install the one-click link addition bookmarklet. You can add links to your blogroll without ever coming back to the site. Just drag the link below to your links bar in IE and Netscape and when you’re at a site you want to add to a blogroll just click the link. A pop-up window will present the pre-filled out link options for the site you’re browsing.”Simple, quick and tidy. I personally like the look of the +/- feature more than the klunky drop down menu. It is cleaner. But, that is just me.

  6. Dostojny tego, że nie miłuję go na odwrót w woniach.
    Przedtem dobędę w ciemnym sklepieniony w nocy
    oddechu, Może kolejnych kwiatów wazony zewsząd w mym ciele żądzę poruszy.

    Tymczasem nie miłuję go wprost przeciwnie w woniach.
    Zanim dobędę w ociupinę tej korony kłos wypachniony w nocy oddechu,
    Przypadkiem kolejnych kwiatów wazony zewsząd w
    mym ciele żądzę poruszy. Jakkolwiek nie mogę w doznań pospiechu.
    Zapamiętania jest wzbudzający respekt tego, że nie miłuję go lecz w woniach.
    Darmowe ogłoszenia. Darmowe ogłoszenia. Darmowe ogłoszenia.
    Darmowe ogłoszenia. . Darmowe ogłoszenia. kacper, potocki, wiersze, wiersz, wiersze,
    poezja, wiersze, poezje, poezje, poezje, poezje, poezje, poezja,
    wiersze, poezje, poezje, liryka, wiersze, poezje, poezje, poezje, utwór poetycki,.

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