Comparisons, learning curves and self-investments…

One of those things I can’t do without is comparing things, trying to find best element within a collection of similar items…

When it comes to tools and technology stack learning, kickstart was given to me by this note in latest sitepoint newsletter:

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about a tweet by Alex Sexton. He says that if you spend too much time mastering a set of tools, you’ll miss out on learning newer and better tools.

 

 

He might be right, and I see many in the community who probably feel the same way. But consider: Every time you start with a brand new tool, the learning curve gets steeper. So while you may be learning something “better”, what’s the overall time and resource investment? And more importantly, what’s the eventual return on that investment? If it doesn’t surpass the return with the older, supposedly less superior set of tools, then is it worth it?

Indeed, I agree with Mark Daggett when he points the focus on problem solving capability.

But my thinking over was actually about comparison on tools, technological stacks and their corresponding testing and documentation systems.