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March 25, 2020

JFW review, March 9 - 22 2020, part 1

Filed under: Jacob Welsh — Jacob Welsh @ 6:18 a.m.

It's been a momentous two weeks since my last review.

I started Monday the 9th behind schedule, having overrun on review and planning the night before. Over the next three days I poured considerable time and effort into polishing off the various parts of my wallet. One aspect of this was simplifying some of the code and configuration process by eliminating unnecessary optionality, and documenting the choices that remained - or so I thought. Another was getting my Scheme interpreter into shape for a genesis, such as getting the tabs and newlines a good deal closer to TMSR style, and backporting some simple improvements from an experimental branch. I let slide the sendrawtransaction TRB patch regrind, in part because I had little idea what sort of bitcoind MP was running or if he even wanted to use the online part (gbw-node) at all. I didn't note this explicitly though, possibly until now.

Upon entering the field with MP on Thursday though, the attempt sunk before any of these points even came up, because of assumptions I hadn't even realized I'd been making. I walked straight into a trap, by answering that I was indeed trying to state dependencies explicitly, yet left the download and V press steps to the imagination because "obviously he'll know how to do that". The upside of the preparation was that I was at least well set up to be surprised; that is, rather than missing things I knew I should have done, I learned a new standard of what preparedness means.

This intersected the larger story of the closure of TMSR announced the day before, and I remain grateful for being given my moment to struggle there, right at the end of it.

To be continued.


  1. It really sounds like you could do with way less polishing - basically if you don't make something as part of the *process* itself, then why are you suddenly spending time on it right before release/going public/someone else looking? One way to look at this is that you don't really hold yourself even to the standards you already have. Move this though to a different area and see how it sounds - do you wash & clean only when you know visitors are coming or do you always do it because *you* don't want to live in filth?

    Comment by Diana Coman — March 25, 2020 @ 8:27 a.m.

  2. Possible, and makes sense in the abstract. I'll have to think more on whether/how this applies to my case. I thought I was simply doing the final step of the process, as cleaning pans comes after cooking, though also refining my ideas of how that should be done which will certainly save having to repeat the same thinking.

    Comment by Jacob Welsh — March 25, 2020 @ 9:45 p.m.

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