Tag: career

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5 reasons to always be coding

In the film Glengarry Glen Ross, Alec Balwin's character Blake goes on a 7-minute rant on the importance of closing a sale. Three minutes into the rant he flips over a blackboard and points to the words "always be closing", aggressively repeating the words. This has become a popular meme

Perfection and procrastination

The amount of pressure that software engineers put on themselves is monstrous. Our view of world as a finite, discernible system causes us to aim for nothing less than perfection. With such high expectations, it's no wonder that we procrastinate, struggling to find a place to start. Thankfully, according to

Getting better at programming

Last month I wrote an article giving advice for those getting started with programming, the conclusion being: you learn by doing. In this post I want to focus on how to get better. Work to failure When I'm not a geeking it out behind a computer, I'm training in the

Pick a language, any language

When you get started with programming one of the first obstacles is picking a language. A mistake beginners often make is asking experienced developers where they should start: The truth is it doesn't matter. The first programming language I was taught was Pascal. This was long after my childhood experiments

Getting started with programming

The most common question that people ask when they want to learn programming is: how do I get started? Some think this is the wrong question to ask, but it's understandable. The field is huge and can be overwhelming for newcomers. Learning to program is like learning to ride a