The Surprising Number Of Programmers Who Can’t Program

Dear new developer, This came up in a Hacker News comment thread recently: I've been working since the 90s and I never attempted to do FizzBuzz. Is it really relevant? Maybe to screen junior developers out of college? And the response So, as someone who spends maybe 20% of their time hiring, it's still a … Continue reading The Surprising Number Of Programmers Who Can’t Program

Tips for using email well

Dear new developer, Writing great emails is a key skill. For all the hullabaloo about slack, emails still rule the roost when it comes to cross organization communication. This is because everyone has email, it is auditable and uneditable once sent, and requires no special permission beyond knowledge of an email address. Email is great … Continue reading Tips for using email well

Three Tips for New Developers

Dear new developer, I ran across this post with three tips for new developers. The tips were: Develop broad expertise Work in application support Hone your interpersonal skills This especially resonated with me. Note that the javascript frameworks indicate this article is a bit dated; I'd substitute React, Vue and Angular for jQuery, MooTools and … Continue reading Three Tips for New Developers

Advice to New Developers From A Googler

Dear new developer, Monica Dinculescu, who works at Google, has some good advice for new developers. I don't agree with everything she says (ah, the cacophony) but some of it definitely resonates. She has a unique approach to an AMA (ask me anything) using GitHub issues. My favorite answer was to this question: Sometimes I … Continue reading Advice to New Developers From A Googler

What is HackerNews’ Best Advice to New Developers

Dear new developer, I have previously written about joining an online tech community. My personal go to right now is Hacker News. I find it has a nice mix of tech, startup/business and other interesting content for me. Here's a thread from a few months ago with advice for junior developers. Here are a few … Continue reading What is HackerNews’ Best Advice to New Developers