Ben Borowski (@TypeOneError) is a software developer and programmer based in British Columbia, Canada. In past years, Ben run a small studio doing web development for top agencies, but has recently made a move to create his own project, and is working on that full-time.

Ben is one half of Oki Doki, along with Designer & Digital Strategist Marie Poulin. Together, the duo are hard at work on Doki, a web platform to build and run online courses and communities. In this conversation, Ben discusses the creative side of programming, the definition of a “coder”, and the challenges of putting aside client projects for the endeavor of building your own app.

Catch up with Ben on his site, Type One Error, or check out Doki.io.

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“I've met many computer science guys ... who are completely stumped by CSS.”

—Ben Borowski

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“If you're building a website and you write HTML tags, you're a coder.”

—Ben Borowski

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“Programing is more technical ... but making software is creative.”

—Ben Borowski

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  • Product Designer, as the term applies to web design, can incorporate development/programming
  • Open-Source, a place for inspiration
  • Ben consults and develops cross-platform games, and other projects
  • Doki, currently in development as a consulting platform and will be a public product soon
  • Previous guests on The Busy Creator Podcast have discussed online teaching, such as Karen Marston, Steve Dotto
  • Javascript framework Ember.js (similar to Ruby-on-Rails for the front end of the website)
  • Prescott attended Drexel University, a school set up on the quarter system.
  • Alpha testers

“Nine people can't make a baby in one month.”

—productivity adage

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Tools

Techniques

  • Write your WordPress entries in Markdown — it’s fast and simple
  • Examine where you can reduce lines of code, load time, etc.
  • Launch first, and then go back and optimise
  • More team members always help the progress of a programming project
  • Give your team the building blocks, for design or programming alike
  • Develop a naming and organization system — any system — for your team to follow
  • Require new [programming] employees to push live code to the site on day one; this teaches them the entire process
  • Head to a coffee shop or co-working space 2-3 days/week even if you prefer to work from home
  • Keep a clean image of your system after a fresh reinstall
  • If you can, go full-time toward developing a product rather than try to cram it in “after hours”

Habits

  • Jog or Rock-Climb
  • Take breaks to walk (or wrestle with) the dog
  • Do some exercise in the morning, even stretching
  • Drink and eat in the morning (write it down if necessary)

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