(The following blog post was written by Nicholas Vella)
I am not the greatest developer
in the world. Not that it has stopped me from trying, and the constant, endless
pursue of knowledge has taken me to the vast corners of the Internet, from the
most popular blogs to questions on Stack Overflow even the original poster
forgot about. Of course, on one of my many adventures, I was bound to end up
finding the Succinctly series. Short and to the
point, this free collection is ideal as a pocket reference or to someone with a
short attention span like myself.
A while ago, a colleague of mine
asked my opinion. Working on a side project myself, we started talking about
how we were tackling obstacles along the way. I expressed concern about a
calendar feature I needed to add and said that I had absolutely no idea where
to start. It is then he pointed me to Syncfusion Essential
Studio. To be honest, I felt a bit silly at that time because I was always
under the impression this was a paid product. My colleague reassured me,
"Do not worry, they introduced a community license and their support is
So I went ahead; a quick read
through the online
documentation and I had a scheduler up and running in no time. A small bump
in the road left me scratching my head and so I sucked up my pride and
contacted support. I was amazed. The level of support, recreating issues,
providing solutions through samples, all made the experience much less painful
than I thought it would be.
As I continued my project, I kept
considering that I had gotten to know about these products because I had helped
a colleague and, in turn, had been so kindly assisted. Then that moment of
revelation. This is what makes our community alive. People who, through
constant dedication, provide the tools and knowledge to help us be better at
what we do. So let this be an ode (of sorts) to the people out there who
dedicate their lives to following a passion and an ideal.
Thank you for staying up late to
push that bug fix for the free API you kindly provide.
Thank you for dedicating less
time to personal recreation just because you need to finish that blog post or
write that e-book.
Thank you for going the extra
mile with that client and making sure his issue is solved even though he has
the community license.
This experience was an enlightenment of sorts.
Not only did I become better at what I do, but I learned that there is more
than one way to achieve greatness.
My name is Nicholas
Vella. I am a developer and freelancer living on the sunny island of Malta. My
hobbies are sort of intertwined with my job, as I do enjoy reading about what
is new in the IT world. Yet I do my best to detach a bit by watching movies,
gardening, and hitting the gym. If you liked this article, please feel free to
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