Step out my development comfort zone

Published on May 30, 2019

Yeah, finally turn on the markdown editor feature, I m having some issue when I tried to turn on a few days ago. I like to try new shiny things!

I like to try new products, but I don't like to step out my comfort zone in development, I been doing PHP for many years, I did try on ruby and node, but don't feel comfortable with it and didn't think of trying it further.

Thanks for PHP being a common development language that can run everywhere and thanks for WordPress being popular and running on PHP, I use it most of my freelance work without any issue. Later part thanks for Laravel appear, it makes PHP fun again, and I feel more comfortable with it and never really touch any things other than PHP.

It strikes me when Laravel starts to adopt Vue, I been using PHP & jQuery for so many years, suddenly that is this stranger invaded my comfort zone, it takes me a long time to accept the fact. It might be because of that kind of attitude, it takes me a while to pick up Vue, and I can't avoid it because the Laravel community has picked up Vue, lots of packages/concept talking about Laravel + Vue.

That's the same fear when I want to take part in this round ProductHunt Maker Festival; they are not using REST API, they use something call Graphql, OMG! Another new thing, I feel panics at first and struggle to decide to join the Maker Festival or not. After some try and error with my comfortable PHP environment, I start to understand how it works and loves the explore new thing feeling.

I am working on a prototype for the Maker Festival daily, and I believe their API is still in the Work In Progress mode, which is why every day I also encounter some issue, but the learning experience excited me again. Suddenly it feels the same excitement when I discover a new product.

I guess developer need to force it to get out from their comfort zone to grow and I m thinking to convert my WordPress blog to Ghost soon.