This is one of the most commonly asked questions in the entire field of software development. To give you an idea of how many aspiring developers are worried about their age, I looked for variants of this question on Quora.
Do you like complex application logic? We don’t either. One of the things we’ve learned here at Google is that application code is simpler and development schedules are shorter when developers can rely on underlying data stores to handle complex transaction processing and keeping data ordered.
Surprisingly, it seems to me that there are many developers who appear to be unfamiliar with the dos and don’ts of possibly the most ubiquitous tool in software development, Git.
Morgan Jaffit is the founder of Defiant Development, a Brisbane, Australia-based independent game developer and the creator of Hand of Fate and Hand of Fate 2. I’ve been thinking a lot about what it costs to be a developer these days.
To provide higher security for logins, websites are deploying two-factor authentication (2FA), often using a smartphone application or text messages.
"As part of our engineering team, you will work in a fast-paced environment using best-of-breed technologies to deliver cutting-edge solutions to challenging business problems." People love to talk about themselves, and companies are no different.
So you are a beginner having no knowledge about this field.No Problem. This article will remove all your doubts regarding how you should start web development. It is written in an easily understandable language and practical steps which can help you start with web development.
Most engineering organizations will have to answer the question: “What makes a software developer a senior developer?” This is a challenging question because it is extremely subjective. Search for the answer on the internet and you will get many different answers.
In 2015, I joined a startup called Landdox. I was the first employee. In fact, I joined Landdox before it officially became a company. Since then, the application has grown from an idea designed in Sketch by the founder to a fruitful large application with a customer base.
It’s an easy story for me to tell. When I was 10 there was nothing more exciting to me than playing around with the old broken computers my dad, who worked in tech, would give me. I became a teenage game modder and hobby web developer.
About 6 months ago I decided that I was going to build a SaaS company from scratch. I had recently left my previous job and found myself in discussions with a number of startups around making angel investments.
This is #3 in a very long series of posts on Stack Overflow’s architecture. Previous post (#2): Stack Overflow: The Hardware - 2016 Edition We’ve talked about Stack Overflow’s architecture and the hardware behind it. The next most requested topic was Deployment.
Last year, I wrote a post on how to go from zero to being hired as a developer in five months. Since then, things have changed, so I wanted to offer an updated and improved version. If you are a junior developer or are curious about the industry, this post is for you.
In Rework, Basecamp guys David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried advise to “Fire the workaholics”, while in Zero to One Peter Thiel argues that great working conditions (as described within Google for example) result from 10x technological advantages, not the other way round.
There’s a certain kind of old-school, backend web developer who, a long time ago, mastered things like Perl or Python or PHP or Java Server Pages, maybe even Rails or Django. This person worked with giant relational databases and built APIs that serve up JSON and even (gasp!) XML.
Test-driven development (TDD) (Beck 2003; Astels 2003), is an evolutionary approach to development which combines test-first development where you write a test before you write just enough production code to fulfill that test and refactoring.
I’ve been working in software development for twenty-eight years. My current position is Senior Development Director at a software consulting company in Austin, Texas, a position I’ve held for just over six years.
Recently, several amazing visualizations of the various technologies web developers use surfaced online. One of them (geared toward backend developers) is pictured here: These visualizations are great resources for both beginners and experts.
When people ask me what they should know first about going into technical interviews, they get the same answer: be prepared to talk. Interviews are stressful situations, and that stress can impact how well you communicate. You don’t think things through entirely.
Email, the web’s much maligned little cousin, is in the midst of a revolution—one that will change not only how designers and developers build HTML email campaigns, but also the way in which subscribers interact with those campaigns.
At Frontside, we gather every Tuesday afternoon for our company meeting, where we talk through our accomplishments and plans for the coming week. In a recent meeting, we talked about our search for a senior developer to join the team, and you could see passions flare.
It takes ten-thousand hours to master your field, so the story goes, except that programming is too broad of a field. Solving arbitrary problems with code isn't what ultimately matters, but problems within a specific domain. Maybe it's strategy games. Maybe vector drawing tools.
The other day I read What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Career as a Software Developer, an article in Lifehacker adapted from a Quora answer by Michael O. Church. I haven't stopped thinking about it since.
Last year I wrote a post that went viral which gave you step by step instructions on how to become a web developer in 2017. A lot has changed since then and since I’m a proponent of not wasting time, I wanted to share with you the updated article because there is a ton of changes.
“How screwed am I?” asked a recent user on Reddit, before sharing a mortifying story. On the first day as a junior software developer at a first salaried job out of college, his or her copy-and-paste error inadvertently erased all data from the company’s production database.
This text is a transcript of a presentation I have given on October 9, 2015, at the CityCode conference in Chicago. This content is also available in video, and as a PDF Document better suited for printing. I've been lucky enough to have been born before computers and video games were ubiquitous.
As the web continues to evolve at a breakneck, Moore’s-law pace, the divisions between traditional design and development are increasingly shifting.
There is now an update to this post for 2018. Check it out here. Last year I wrote a post on how to go from zero knowledge to being hired as a developer in 5 months. Since then, a few things have changed, and I want to offer an updated and improved version.
Recently several amazing visualizations of the various technologies used by web developers in 2017 surfaced on the Interwebs. One of them (geared towards backend developers) is pictured above. These are great resources for both beginners and experts alike.
Many people want to become developers, but just don’t have the time or desire to learn to code. But guess what? Thanks to advances in no-code technologies, workers with zero programming skills can take on roles as software developers. The new term coined for these folks: citizen developers.
At my current company, we do a fair amount of code reviews. I had never done one before I started here so it was a new experience for me. I think it’s a good idea to crystalize some of the things I look for when I’m doing code reviews and talk about the best way I’ve found to approach them.
Specialties: web development, test-driven development, agile software development, Grails, Groovy, Spock, and AngularJS. “I've been coding for a living for almost 16 years now. Spent several years as an independent contractor & at 42 I'm joining Netflix as a senior engineer.
The skills you’ll need to land a job as a front-end web developer will vary from one place or one position to another, but there are several skills that are common to most web development jobs. Skillcrush shares 11 of them below.
I am a perfectionist. Or, at least, I like to think I am. Either way, I’m definitely somewhere close. That’s all well and good. Yet, I have recently realized that this was actually stopping me from becoming a better developer.
Ruby on Rails (“Rails”) is a popular open source framework, based on the Ruby programming language that strives to simplify and streamline the web application development process. Rails is built on the principle of convention over configuration.
Low bug count, good performance, easy modification. Good code is high-impact, and is perhaps the main reason behind the existence of the proverbial 10x developer. And yet, despite it’s importance, it eludes new developers.
We live in a world that changes everyday and software is one of the biggest part of that change. People interact with software in many ways, such as their laptops, their smart phones, their cars and they expect to get the most out of the devices they use.
We recently showed that, based on Stack Overflow question visits, Python has a claim to being the fastest-growing major programming language, and that it has become the most visited tag on Stack Overflow within high-income countries.
Every software developer uses APIs and most of us make them. The design of a "good" API is a black art. You know one when you see one. And yet how many of us could explain why some APIs are complex and hard to learn, while others are clean, simple, and a joy to use.
Working with SVG in a RWD workflow usually involves a design phase and a development phase. The design phase is usually handled by designers who may or may not know how to code.
This is Part 2 of a series of articles for programmers looking to upgrade their skills. Part 1 took us through the very beginning stages where we set out to find the most efficient way to go from zero to an employable developer. Today, we are going to take things a whole lot further.
If you have recently ventured in the world of professional software developers, you should probably be aware about the business of writing code for a living that you even can’t learn from a university course or a coding academy.
Empathy is your most important skill. Practice it with everyone you interact with, and everyone who interacts with your work. Humility goes hand in hand with empathy. Be open to the possibility (likelihood, even) that you are wrong. Know that you will always be learning and improving.
If you’re one of those developers who still don’t use any version control system, I don’t know how you’re still managing to get work done. In this post, I’m focusing on important git commands that gets all (almost) your work done ( I know you’re a GUI person ).
It’s July 3rd 2017 at the time of publishing this article. Why am I mentioning such a seemingly arbitrary fact? Because today marks the five-year anniversary of beginning my software engineering career.
It’s been 6 years since I started my freelancing career as a full-stack developer in Tokyo. In recent years I work for companies only 30% of a year and 70% is assigned for my personal projects like Inkdrop while I still make the same income. I love my life style.
This article was peer reviewed by Tom Greco, Dan Prince and Yaphi Berhanu. Thanks to all of SitePoint’s peer reviewers for making SitePoint content the best it can be! Almost every developer has had the experience of maintaining or taking over a legacy project.
It was winter of 2012. I was working as a software developer in a small team at a start-up. We had just released the first version of our software to a real corporate customer. The development finished right on schedule. When we launched, I was over the the moon and very proud.
Can You Be Too Old For Software Development & Programming? Is it possible to be an excellent programmer when aging? In today's video, I've answered a question from a reader that asked me about “Programming Till Old”.
If you want to attract and keep developers, don’t emphasize ping-pong tables, lounges, fire pits and chocolate fountains. Give them private offices or let them work from home, because uninterrupted time to concentrate is the most important and scarcest commodity.
In part 1 of this series I argued that it’s time to start thinking about how to replace the web. The justifications are poor productivity and unfixable security problems. Some people felt that what I wrote was too negative, and didn’t recognise the web’s good points.
This is a question that I get a lot, especially from co-workers or friends that are just beginning their journey as a software craftsman. What book should I read to become a better developer? Do I need to read books?
Everyone looking to get a junior web developer job and transition careers should be intimately familiar with the technical interview process. Especially, since the technical interview is likely the only thing between you and a fulfilling career as a web developer.
Software projects are incredibly hard to maintain. In many cases when developers get handed an old project they prefer to re-write it than to understand it. This is an incredibly costly problem and hard to counter. Not impossible though.
Redux is used mostly for application state management. To summarize it, Redux maintains the state of an entire application in a single immutable state tree (object), which can’t be changed directly. When something changes, a new object is created (using actions and reducers).
There is one remarkably simple trick you can learn in only a few minutes that will be useful for the rest of your future as a programmer. And there’s a critical reason why this one small trick is so significant that is important to understand