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How I Prepared To Get A Badass Code Review On My Dotenv Variables

January 13th, 2021

olavea

A cat talking on the phone

My 13 Step Badass Code Review Method For Junior Devs

  1. I invite Tom Erik to choose 1 of 2 times for a code review
  2. I prepare
  3. I remind Tom Erik «code review 10:30» on SMS
  4. I call Tom Erik on the telephone
  5. I listen up!
  6. I takes notes
  7. I ship my website in SMS link
  8. I show my code in a shared screen link, using https://whereby.com/
  9. I explain to Tom Erik what I did with dotenv 😺
  10. I say “Tell me what to do”
  11. I do EVERYTHING Tom Erik suggest I do, right NOW 🔨
  12. I say “Thank you” with feeling ❤️
  13. I make SketchNotes from my Tom Erik notes, Right now for 90 minutes.

2. I Prepare By Practicing

«Help I need dotenv?» I said. «What’s up?» Tom Erik said.
And as Merlin said: «Code review badassery favours the prepared junior dev.»

The other day I called up Tom Erik and asked him to review my code. The way I had prepared was according to my father’s rule of thumb about asking for chores to be done on his traditional Norwegian wooden sail ship with a crew of girls and boys, where I spent a few weeks every summer growing up. My father was the captain and owner of the ship and he said to all of us:

«Look. See what needs doing, do the work, then ask me to check your work. Don’t ask me what shall I do now? Don’t ask me how do I do this? On my ship you learn from doing, not from listening.»

So in preparation I try coding and re-coding on the problem I have decided to solve. I spread this out over several days, because daily practice works best for me. I focus on practicing the steps again and again, so that when Tom Erik asked me to do a thing in the code review, it was easier for me to understand what to do. And then I did what he asked me, I  «live coded» Tom Eriks ideas. For example in the code review Tom Erik asks me to:

«Try pasting the key right into gatsby-config.»

«Ok.» I say and do it right then and there.

A cat talking on the phone
Because I was prepared «Ok, I’ll try that NOW!»

9. I explain to Tom Erik what I did with dotenv 😺

bleh bleh

10. I say “Tell me what to do”

11. I do EVERYTHING Tom Erik suggest I do, right NOW 🔨

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bleh

12. I say “Thank you” with feeling ❤️

13. I make SketchNotes from my Tom Erik notes, Right now for 90 minutes.

You see them here as images 😺👍

Do you have a story about a code review? Badassed or not I want to hear your story, so please send me an email at

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