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    Talk to clients about your limitations

    When asked to do a site for someone and they want certain things you have not done before, do you explain this to them?

    For example I have someone asking about setting up a simple chat feature on his site that is private and for specific people only. I have never done such and I explained to him I couldn't..

    Was this dumb? Should I have not said anything and attempted to do it and risk embarrassment later?

    Should I be creating random things like this in my spare time? Even without a potential client needing it?


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    It's not a bad idea at all. If you've never done it before, tell the client. That way, you don't end up in a situation where the client explodes at you because you did this wrong or that wrong or the other thing wrong. I usually tell clients, "I haven't tried this before but I think I can handle it if you're willing to be patient and let me try a few things." Most people appreciate the honesty.
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    Thats almost the exact response i had given him. It was through an email so i am unsure if they still want to do it.

    I do not have very much free time with school and trying to teaching myself how to code. When i say teach myself i mean a mixture of youtube videos, books, and other tutorials, they are usually things i am interested in adding to my site.

    Should i spend time and code random things? Or is it better to wait for a purpose to code something?


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    Whatever works for you. Me, I do better when I have a need/desire to build something that's just a little beyond my current capabilities. I lose interest and give up on things you might consider random.
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    If you code something with a purpose, you apply knowledge and solve real-world problems. If you code something random, you solve theoretical ones.

    Personally, I'd rather solve real-world problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe View Post
    Whatever works for you. Me, I do better when I have a need/desire to build something that's just a little beyond my current capabilities. I lose interest and give up on things you might consider random.
    Thats why i asked, if im doing something that i dont actually need or intend to use, i usually cant commit my 100% attention. I did not know if that was wrong of me and if i should be doing things like this to prepare myself for clients or if its ok to wait till theres an actual need for something


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    Look at it this way...a need for something doesn't need to come from a client. A need for something can come from...well, a need for something.

    The reason you can't commit 100% of your attention to a random task is that it serves no real purpose. You're not really doing or solving anything. You solve a real-world problem, you're doing something.

    Random academic problem = talkin' about it.
    Real-world problem = bein' about it.

    You goin' talk about it, or you goin' BE about it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264 View Post
    Look at it this way...a need for something doesn't need to come from a client. A need for something can come from...well, a need for something.

    The reason you can't commit 100% of your attention to a random task is that it serves no real purpose. You're not really doing or solving anything. You solve a real-world problem, you're doing something.

    Random academic problem = talkin' about it.
    Real-world problem = bein' about it.

    You goin' talk about it, or you goin' BE about it?
    Yea i guess thats how i always looked at it without actually thinking about it that way.. Even in class when we did our web final, everyone in the class made fake websites for fake businesses.. I could not do it! I found a friend that wanted a site and built it for him.. I never understood doing things that would just be deleted or left to clutter a folder!


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