Getting Better Sleep We all have those nights where no matter what we do we just can't seem to fall asleep. Looking at the clock, calculating how many hours until we have to get up just makes it worse.
Creating Conference Talks Speaking at conferences can be daunting, especially if you are first starting out. Public speaking can be hard enough without going through the conference talk process. Both Will and BJ have gone through the process of creating and submitting a CFP (Call for Papers), putting together a conference talk, and making it memorable and engaging.
Boundaries Between Work and Side Hustle If you are contemplating starting a side project, there are some things you need to keep in mind in order to keep your day job from interfering with, or even damaging your side project. You also need to be careful that your side project doesn't create problems at your office.
Pragmatic Programmer There are a ton of programming books out there, but there are only a few that have made a huge and lasting impression on developers across the board. One of those is The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman To Master by Andrew Hunt and Dave Thomas, which has helped an uncountable number of developers refine their career and practices.
Taking Personal Responsibility Taking responsibility is taking action in your life that moves you toward happiness and success. It is about owning the consequences of what you do. When taking responsibility in your life you allow yourself you be in control.
User Personas As software companies mature, many of the employees (including developers, testers, project managers, and designers) find themselves further and further removed from the daily lives of those who use their software. Not only does this make it more difficult to onboard new employees, but it also makes it much harder to foster reasonable discussions about what the users of a piece of software actually want.
Design Patterns in Automated Testing Test code is code! Just like with real code certain patterns emerge when writing automated tests for your code. The patterns or observations about the best way to write tests help us to design our automated testing to best optimize the code and our time.
Successful Entrepreneurship Throughout your career as a developer you are likely to work at some well established companies as well as some just getting started. You may even start your own company at some point. Working as or with entrepreneurs no matter your role has a unique set of challenges and rewards.
Analyzing Technical Debt Regardless of who you are, technical debt represents an issue that you need to understand in order to be effective. In this episode, we're going to discuss some other ways to understand the problem that may help you and your team have better discussions about it.