Lucky Rubber Duck

I’ve had a pretty good run of luck grabbing a colleague to look at my code. The last four or five times it’s been a classic rubber duck case.

Me: So here I’m stubbing out the partials in this view spec since I only want to test this conditional logic.

Colleague: OK.

Me: So it keeps failing when I stub the partials and pulling the in anyway even though it works in similar cases. See I’m just pulling in ‘/users’.

Me: Oh, I probably don’t need that forward slash in users.

Me: Thanks again.

If you don’t regularly grab someone to look over your shoulder on a frustrating problem, you might want to start the practice. You can even use a real rubber duck and explain it to them, but for me it seems to work better with a real person.