A fool with a tool is still a fool

“A fool with a tool is still a fool”: this is a famous quote from Grady Booch and to be honest, I don’t know in which context it was originally used.

I (ab)use the quote to make a point on training, self education and tools: if you use a tool, make sure it’s the right tool for the right job, and make sure you master the tool. I’m always amazed to see developers using an IDE just as a simple text editor, instead of using all the powerful features in their IDE that should sky rocket their productivity. Or people complaining that you can’t do this or that in their tool, but if you would look it up in the manual or help function, you would find the answer to their question in a minute.

And the excuse is always that they don’t have the time to learn how to use these tools. Of course you don’t, if you’re working so inefficiently! 🙂

So next time you’re using a tool, think about the tasks you perform most often with that tool: and check if there’s no better and faster way to do the same. Invest some time in yourself to learn to master that tool, this small investment in time will be paid back really fast.

And this self study or training doesn’t need to be boring, there are many short tutorial video’s or screencasts out there. Google is your friend!