Ben Borowski (@TypeOneError) is a
software developer and programmer based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
In past years, Ben run a small studio doing web development for top
agencies, but has recently made a move to create his own project,
and is working on that full-time.
Ben is one half of Oki Doki,
along with Designer & Digital Strategist Marie
Poulin. Together, the duo are hard at work on Doki, a web platform to
build and run online courses and communities. In this conversation,
Ben discusses the creative side of programming, the definition of a
“coder”, and the challenges of putting aside client projects for
the endeavor of building your own app.
Catch up with Ben on his site, Type One
Error, or check out Doki.io.
Show Notes & Links
“I’ve met many computer science guys … who are completely stumped
“If you’re building a website and you write HTML tags, you’re a
“Programing is more technical … but making software is
Product Designer, as the term applies to web design, can
Open-Source, a place for inspiration
Ben consults and develops cross-platform games, and other
Doki, currently in
development as a consulting platform and will be a public product
Previous guests on The Busy Creator Podcast have discussed online
teaching, such as Karen
to Ruby-on-Rails for the front end
of the website)
Prescott attended Drexel University,
a school set up on the quarter system.
You can’t have nine people make a baby in one month.
Write your WordPress entries in Markdown — it’s fast and
Examine where you can reduce lines of code, load time, etc.
Launch first, and then go back and optimise
More team members always help the progress of a programming
Give your team the building blocks, for design or programming
Develop a naming and organization system — any
system — for your team to follow
Require new [programming] employees to push live code to the site
on day one; this teaches them the entire process
Head to a coffee shop or co-working space 2-3 days/week even if you
prefer to work from home
Keep a clean image of your system after a fresh reinstall
If you can, go full-time toward developing a product rather than
try to cram it in “after hours”
Jog or Rock-Climb
Take breaks to walk (or wrestle with) the dog
Do some exercise
in the morning, even stretching
Drink and eat in the morning (write it down if necessary)
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