Clouds Need to Make Rain, right?

Clouds Need to Make Rain, right?So I’ve been working on this cloud stuff off and on for a few months now.  And while the cloud vendors try to make it easy to work with cloud stuff, things aren’t always intuitive unless you clear your mind and don’t try to do what you remember, but actually how you’re being told they need to work.

Then after taking your code around the block a few times, you take something someone else coded or created and make it your own.  Most of the time it works this way, but there are times when it doesn’t and you just have to apply brute force and push that rock back up the hill.  And once you do the first time, everything starts to click (and work).

I guess the idea here is working with cloud technology is fun, and challenging but you have to keep your eyes on what you set out to build initially and not get bogged down in why something doesn’t work.

If if  doesn’t work, start from scorched earth, as in, throw away *all of your code you just wrote* (hard to do sometimes) and start all over.  I did yesterday and tossed about 1,000 lines of source code – and worked around a problem in about 15 minutes I’d been dealing with for a while.

Of course there were other (positive) external forces that helped me get beyond the block I was experiencing, but scorched earth was the right, first, step to take.

And as it worked out, my piece of the cloud started raining on the scorched earth and once all of the smoldering finished, I had something really nice to work with and continue working with.

HTH – oFc