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I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a constant stream of ideas related to software I either work on now, or may work on in the future. The quality of my ideas varies wildly, and it’s often the worst ideas that shout loudest at me to drop everything and start working on them. 😅 You’ll never be perfect at knowing where to focus your attention, or at least I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll never be perfect at it, but it’s an important thing to keep in mind.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the maturity of ideas this week, mostly because of this week’s release of Sourcery Pro by Krzysztof Zabłocki. Would this app be as good as it is without the years of thought, development, and iteration that went into Sourcery? Almost certainly not. That experience drove the feature set and workflow, and the app is much better for it.

But does every idea need to be deliberated on for years? Nope! Some ideas benefit from a quick MVP and experimentation. For example, this newsletter. I had the idea to do it, and around a week later I sent the first issue.

It’s hard to advise on this topic, but I think choosing what to pursue often comes down to how complex/significant the task is. I made the right decision to move quickly when deciding to start iOS Dev Weekly as the opportunity cost was small, and I took things much more slowly when considering whether to build the Swift Package Index.

The original idea for building a package search engine popped into my head around two years before the launch of the index site, and a year before the SwiftPM Library. I let the idea stew for a long while before starting as I knew the undertaking was significant.

What should you take from this? I think I might just have written the most obvious advice ever, but sometimes reading obvious stuff can still be useful. I’m also saying you should check out Sourcery Pro. It’s good. 👍

Note: For full disclosure, I helped beta test Sourcery Pro.

Dave Verwer

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(I wish I had seen this tweet before publishing last week's newsletter)