Being asked for advice and help is a double edged sword. On the one side, you feel accomplished and proud to show off the knowledge and experience you've worked hard to gain. On the other, you may have a sense of impostor syndrome because you know how much you don't know.
It's the beginning of a new year, and a new decade, this is the first episode of 2020. As has become tradition we'll be reviewing our predictions for the past year discussing the ones we got right, the ones we got wrong, and the ones we came close. Then we'll each give our predictions for coming year.
It's almost the start of a new decade. It's become our tradition to review our goals for the past year. We'll each go over our goals talking about our progress toward them. Then we'll talk about our podcast goals from last year. Finally we'll discuss our goals for this year.
If you struggle with regular expressions, you aren't alone. Regex is a huge pain point for a lot of developers and can be complex to understand.
While most higher level languages have sorting algorithms built into them or in their standard libraries they may not be the best option for what you are building. Understand sorting will help you to use the most efficient method for your purposes.
When you have a huge backlog of possible features to implement in your app, you may be tempted to create a plugin model so that other people can modify it. However, this path is trickier than it seems.
Defensive programming is about creating long lasting applications that will graciously handle unexpected inputs from users. It's building code to survive the test of time.
We've all been there. You get placed onto a "new" project, only to find that it's actually really old code that nobody in the office knows anything about. A lot of developers have a really hard time jumping into a legacy codebase, because it takes an entirely different set of skills to understand legacy code than it does to write new code.
While you may rely on documentation to help you most of the time with tech-related things, there are plenty of times you need to be able to rely on your own memory. Whether it's because you are doing a process for the 100th time, you are trying to recall things from memory for a job interview, or you are answering impromptu questions, your memory is a vital asset that you need to use to your best advantage.
It's happened to us all. We get excited about a great idea or project we're working on. Put in a lot of work and effort up front. Then things get difficult or we hit a slow down and have to force ourselves to remain focused.