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Accents and Dialects… and Coding Standards

In college and in my career I have regularly worked with people who originated from foreign countries. Their home may have been China, South Africa, Korea, India, UK, or any number of other countries. One thing we all have in

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Posted in Advice, Software Construction, Software Engineering

Changing The World and Taming The Spirit

I started training a great group of new hires at work this week. This is my first time training a group and it’s been exciting. Today I had something interesting pop up that brought me back to something I blogged

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Initiatives and Mandates, or, Why We Try To Shove Square Pegs Into Round Holes

Imagine that you have a board in front of you with a series of holes. Each of these holes are different shapes and sizes. In the pile to the left of you is a is a set of pegs, of

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Posted in Advice, C, Software Engineering

Training SE’s: Top-Down Vs. Bottom-Up

As I blogged about a few weeks ago, I am now responsible for training new developers at my place of employment. The training program is in need of an overhaul and I am exploring options. One of the things I have

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When I was in college and was starting to seriously look to where I was going to go after I graduated, I had a mock interview with the CIO of an insurance company in Minnesota. She was a graduate of

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Well, Actually… This Is So True

While perusing twitter today I stumbled upon this blog post Well, Actually by Miguel de Icaza today, and wow this so true. To sum it up, Miguel argues that us software developers suffer from a social weakness, a behavior identifiable by

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Posted in Advice, Career, Goals, Mentorship, Software Engineering

Advice to New Software Developers

At my job I have had the unique opportunity to be involved in the hiring process of new software engineers. Where I work, after the initial interview you have a series of second interviews with a subset of the developers.

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Posted in Advice, Career, Education, OOP, Software Engineering