Delightful, practical book on a difficult subject. 20th Anniversary edition just came out in Sept 2019. I’m currently listening to the 10 hour audible.com edition, which is cheaper than the hardback book.
Adapted from Sean Allen
Just kidding, let’s start with 37! Mostly adapted.
- My recommendation: study software books from the top 100 list
- Learn how to learn: constant: learning
- Repetition is key
- Avoid tutorial trap: build projects
- Learn the Docs
- Cost benefit analysis: manage features to get job done on time
- How senior am i? irrelevant
- Find a mentor
- Be active on twitter: build networking relationships
- Go to meetups if you can
- Portfolio website: Visual showcase your work, pretty pics
- Create small porfolio projects, showcase lots of skills
- Create pretty ReadMe, visual / animated gifs
- Learn basic design skills
- Find the right fit in job, not first offer
- Lesser pay may be right fit
- Work in a tech hub: big city lots of tech, network effects
- Work full-time first before contracting
- Show initiative
- Learn to communicate
- Show that you care
- Do great work, your reputation will follow you
- You’re not too old
- Create content if you can: build online presence
- Be patient Padawan
- 90/90 rule: there’s the first 90%, then there’s the 2nd 90%
- Which language? Do what you enjoy. Learning 2nd language is not a problem
- Don’t use front door /apply : Build relationships first
- Complete hot-tub immersion when learning
- Listen to podcasts
- Network to get contracts
- Startup or big company: it depends on preference
- Study for months for job interview, that’s nuts
- Remote work can get old: fun for 6 months…
- Dev bootcamp worth it? no, force 8-10 hours a day, cooperating, yes. maybe
- It gets easier… after a while
- No need to memorize things
What pops out: The 5 most popular languages:
The language has grown beyond its roots as a simple scripting language for the web, and with the help of frameworks like React is today used to build graphical user interfaces for web and mobile apps, as well as to create server-side software running in a Node.js environment. It can even be found in software controlling IoT appliances thanks to the flow-based development tool Node-RED.
Developers are a lot of things!
In case you forgot:
I was researching how to automatically backup my computers online… and was looking for info on how to backup directories using ftp when I got “schooled”.
1: I learned I can’t recursively ftp directories.
2: I learned that there’s a better way to do what I need.
Alrighty then! How sweet online education can be.