Improving Your Listening Skills Much of this outline comes from SkillsYouNeed.com. We highly recommend looking at the site. Will and BJ start by talking about why you need to improve you listening skills by explaining the differences in hearing and listening and the benefits of being an active listener. They then provide tips for improving listening skills by removing distractions and putting your focus on the person speaking. Next they define what it takes to become an active listener and signs of active listening. Finally the guys discuss some of the hindrances to becoming an active listener and how to avoid them
Why Your DBA Hates Your ORM Typically an ORM integrates a unit of work pattern that allows you to modify multiple objects then push the changes back to the database as a unit. This returns a chunk of data known as an aggregate root. The ORM pulls the data from the database and allows the developer to edit the data as an object in the code then returns it to the database. The ORM figures out what SQL to generate to send the data back to the database. This is called a unit of work pattern. It is effectively a transaction as it either all goes to the database or none.
The Value in Not Working Down time can mean time spent not coding at work for various reasons. For this episode though the guys use down time to refer to total down time, not at work and not working at home. Time away from the computer screen.
How Cognitive Biases Affect Developers https://media.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/p/content.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/CDP-Episode0035-How_Cognitive_Biases_Affect_Developers.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (53.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | RSS | More “Critical thinking is an essential skill in our age of constant information (and misinformation), but our own subconscious biases don’t help matters much when it comes to sorting out truth from viral nonsense.” ~ Alan ...
An Introduction to Design Patterns Design patterns are a way of thinking about abstract concepts in Object-Oriented Programming. In the original book 23 patterns were listed divided into three sets of patterns: Creational, Structural, and Behavioral. Will and BJ discuss both the benefits and some of the critiques of using design patterns when designing and developing code.
Learning Styles Learning styles are a guide to help programmers understand how they learn and how to optimize their ability to learn new materials and keep up on trends in the industry. Will has found that he is primarily a kinesthetic learner whereas BJ is primarily a visual learner. However both enjoy listening to podcasts when driving because the content of the shows and the situation of driving lends itself to auditory learning.
Writing Effective Documentation Many open-source docs are lacking in content. When looking for details on the API all the documentation contains is how to install. Whereas others like Microsoft's MSDN are verbose and troublesome to navigate. This week the guys discuss the different types of documentation and what should go into writing each. One of the best areas for a junior developer to gain experience is writing documentation as according to Will many senior developers are lacking in the skill.
Lessons From The Trickster Tricksters are found in the mythology and stories of almost every culture. From Coyote to Prometheus to Loki, today is April 1st or April Fools Day a day we as a culture celebrate tricksters and pranksters. In cultural stories, or myths tricksters play tricks to teach or create changes that leads to growth. In Norse mythology which has been in the movies lately Thor would not have his hammer without Loki, nor Asgard it's walls. This episode will be a little different from most as the guys discuss nine lessons a trickster would teach programmers.
Web Development Skills to Get the Job Finishing the two part episode on skills web developers need to know the guys tackle the skills needed to land a job along with advanced skills to set yourself apart. The episode closes with a list of honorable mentions that do not directly apply to web development but are interpersonal skills useful to a career in development.