The Happy Compiler

CTRL + SHIFT + B is the most satisfactory of keyboard short-cuts.

At the end of a long day, a frustrating problem or a late night of coding beyond the zone, the greatest feeling can be summed up in watching your complier scroll through all the dependencies, build them one at a time and generate your masterpiece unto the build server.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes, sometimes the longer it takes, the more satisfying when it completes successfully.

You’ve done it, you’ve shipped something, after all that scope creep, refactoring and last minute code reviews, you’ve taken the first step towards shipping your work to people.

You breathe a sigh of relief – “It built” – and then move on to the next challenge of seeing what you’ve built – but that first build, is always a great one.

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