Pair programming is a great way to learn! And doing it well is an art, rather than a science. So next time you’re stuck, why not pair with an experienced expert like David (that’s me!)?
I believe that a great pair programmer will have a few traits:
- They’re patient. Rather than making you feel dumb when you don’t know things, they’ll patient walk them through with you.
- They’re knowledgeable. Ideally, both you and your pair will have some familiarity with the tech stack. Rubber duck debugging is fine, but if that’s the biggest value of your pair you may want to look elsewhere.
- They’re available at times that work for you. I say this knowing how obvious it may seem. But because pairing is a synchronous activity, it’s important that schedules align. Because of our connected world, it’s possible with a Japan-resident to pair with London-resident or a a Chicago-resident. But that does requirement someone works non-standard work hours.
This is a *free* offer to pair with David, for now. If we pair once or twice and it’s valuable to you, I’ll likely need to start charging to continue. And if I start being flooded with free appointments, I may have to rescind the offer’s free-ness. But for now, let’s (virtually) meet and get some code working better 🙂