Dear new developer, I was chatting with someone I met at a meetup who was about to graduate from a bootcamp. I asked him what his advice to a new developer would be. He said that it would be "get used to failure, and get used to working through it." I thought that advice was … Continue reading Get used to failure
This is a guest blog post from John Obelenus. Enjoy. Dear new developer, Even when I was a kid in school I hardly wrote things down. That’s why we had textbooks after all! I was baffled by other students in college furiously transcribing every word that came out of the professor’s mouth. Now I have … Continue reading Write that down!
Dear new developer, I previously wrote about being a JIT learner and talked about it in the context of a Just In Time compiler. Just in time has another meaning, that relates to manufacturing. Delivering the right parts to the right plant at the right time revolutionized manufacturing. Just in time learning means that you … Continue reading Be a Just in Time Learner, part II
Dear new developer, Stephanie Hurlburt tweets some amazing stuff. Definitely worth the follow. Here's an interesting post from her about fulfillment. From the post: I threw myself at helping others and was absolutely shocked to find myself not really that fulfilled from this work. I couldn't figure it out, was something wrong with me?! I … Continue reading What is fulfillment?
Dear new developer, There's the concept of a JIT compiler. I was first introduced to it with the HotSpot Java compiler. The idea is that a compiler can look at code and find the code that executes often and optimize it, sometimes compiling it down to faster code, sometimes unrolling loops. I'm no compiler expert … Continue reading Be a Just in Time Learner, part I
This is a guest blog post from Brooke Kuhlmann. Enjoy. Dear developer, Of the many techniques you'll pick up over the course of your career, one worth investing in early is journaling. Journaling might not seem like a worthy endeavor at first. Capturing important moments of your life on a daily basis might even seem … Continue reading Always Be Journaling
Dear new developer, A blog is free (except in terms of time), forces you to think, provides an example of your ability to discuss concepts, and helps others. What's not to like? The hardest part about blogging is just doing it, day in and day out. Now, I am no Fred Wilson, who has blogged … Continue reading Start a blog
Dear new developer, You need to realize that your manager is pulled between two goals (this assumes you have a good manager--if you don't have a manager who wants to help you, find a new job). 1. Helping you. 2. Helping the company for which you work. Unfortunately, the latter takes precedence. It's more work … Continue reading Help your manager help you by owning the one to one agenda
This is a guest blog post from Noel Worden. Enjoy. Dear new developer, Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It can be stressful and humbling to reach out and ask a question, but it can be the best way to stop spinning your wheels and make progress. It’s stressful because as a new developer you … Continue reading Don’t be afraid to ask questions