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Stop chasing the shiny!

Dear Reader, Developers love shiny things. We love to play with new toys, try out new APIs, and libraries. If it was featured on Hacker News, we will find a way to shoe-horn it into a project, just to say we used it. Therein lies one of the problems with developers. In our race to […] The post Stop chasing the …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Friday September 13, 2019


Create a body of work

Dear Reader, Q: What is the best way to convince a potential employer or client that you can do the job? A: Show them that you have already. Every developer should have a public portfolio of code that they have written and can explain. That last part is important, we will talk about it in […] The post Create a body …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Thursday September 12, 2019


Developers CV: GitLab or LinkedIn?

Dear Reader, Every since “Social Coding” became a thing and GitLab and that other social coding site opened up, developers around the world have been asking “GitLab or LinkedIn for my CV/Resume?” I now present you with the definitive answer to this question. YES Github, or your favorite social coding site is absolutel…

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Wednesday September 11, 2019


Get a life!

Dear Reader, A while back I wrote I love writing code! in which I talked about the fact that am not ashamed of the fact that I love writing code. Software development is my passion and I am blessed enough to be able to do it for a living. The other side of that coin is […] The post Get a life! appeared first on …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Tuesday September 10, 2019


There IS a right way

Dear Reader, Fins in FIRST BCD next with the jacket open Place your regulator in the jacket and then close the jacket over it. Wet suit goes on top Zip it up I run this mantra about once a month with fresh new minds learning how to scuba dive. See, there is a right way […] The post There IS a right way appeared …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Friday July 12, 2019


Mistakes were made

Dear Reader, At the end of March, 2019, I was let go from a job that honestly, I thought would be the last company I worked for. (that’s a different whine) Most of you probably don’t know – not for any failing on your part but because you’ve got your own crap to deal with […] The post Mistakes were made appeared …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Thursday July 11, 2019


I earned my rope!

Dear Reader, That is MY rope. I EARNED my rope. As part of my PADI Dive Master Certification (yes, the same training that almost kicked my butt) I had to learn to tie several knots and to successfully tie them underwater. My instructor handed each of us a piece of rope as he cut it […] The post I earned my rope! …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Monday June 24, 2019


Humility: Part 2

Dear Reader, In Humility: Part 1, I talked about a recent event that humbled me. In Part 2, I want to share another event that has shaken me and in this case, shaken a lot of arrogance out of me. I am a Scuba Diver. In doing the work to earn my PADI Dive Master […] The post Humility: Part 2 appeared first on …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Wednesday June 19, 2019


Humility: Part 1

Dear Reader, I suffer from an overabundance of confidence. Two events though have shaken that recently. First, I was fired. Many men of my era have their identity wrapped up in being a productive member of society and being the provider for their family. Being fired shook me to my core. Especially being fired as […] …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Tuesday June 18, 2019


I’m mad

Dear Reader, I am pissed off…at myself. Recently, I got a call from a recruiter. She gave me her name and company, then asked me about the weather. She jokingly berated me for my answer. It threw me off. Then, without warning, she launched into a critique of my resume. I won’t go into the […] The post I’m mad …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Wednesday June 5, 2019


I teach…

Dear Reader, I have been working to educate developers for 13 years now. My mission it to enrich the current generation of developers, but also, to raise up the next generation of developers. — Uncle Cal (@CalEvans) April 8, 2019 My mother was a school teacher. My father ran music education programs for every church …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Tuesday April 9, 2019


Me first

Dear Reader, In training for a PADI Dive Master, they drill into you being a role-model. How can you expect other divers to dive responsibly if the ones in charge don’t? This means no skimping on my BWRAF, no ‘accidentally’ slipping down below my max depth to get a better look at something. It is […] The post Me …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Monday April 8, 2019


Leadership done right

Dear Reader, I don’t get to blow the whistle, I don’t get to ring the bell, but let this sucker jump the track, and see who catches hell. — Author Unknown Leadership is not about taking credit for the good; leadership is about shielding your team from the bad. Next time your project goes off […] The post Leadership …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Friday March 29, 2019


Rose Colored Glasses

Dear Reader, We each see the world through the filter of our own personal point of view. Stated another way, we each see the world through our own rose colored glasses. When I see someone shouting about “X” or that person “Y” will bring about result “Z”, I always have to stop and think about […] The post Rose …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Thursday March 28, 2019


Watching a million dollars walk out the door

Dear Reader, Co Worker #1: Did you hear? Bob is leaving. Co Worker #2: Bob? He’s been here 10 years, why would he leave? Co Worker #1: He wants to spend more time with his kids. He used to work form home 2 days a week to be close to them but since corporate implemented […] The post Watching a million dollars walk …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Wednesday March 27, 2019


Professionals

Dear Reader, At what point are we “Professionals” at what we do? In “Outliers“, Malcolm Gladwell says we have to put in 10,000 hours to master a skill, but does mastery of skill make us a professional? Albert Einstein tells us “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it […] The post …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Tuesday March 26, 2019


Take a deep breath

Dear Reader, I had a student recently getting her open water certification who had never put on a pair of fins before. She struggled with skills as we practiced them. No matter what, she was just not getting it. At one point, as we were in the deep end of the pool, she had a […] The post Take a deep breath …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Monday March 25, 2019


Core Values

Dear Reader, I spent time this week reading the employee handbook for the company I for whom I work. At this company, the handbook starts with a statement of the eight company core values, and an explanation of each. These core values are so important to the culture of the company that they are recorded […] The post …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Saturday March 23, 2019


My turn to be the giant

Dear Reader, I am a self-taught programmer. This does not mean I conceived of all the knowledge I have in a vacuume. It does mean that I did not have a formal guide on my journey. I had to figure out what was important and what was not. Whether you are self-taught or formally educated, […] The post My turn to be …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Thursday March 21, 2019


Be happy

Dear Reader, If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. — Maya Angelou Some days it is hard to be happy. You wakeup knowing that you’ve got to slog through a swamp before the day is done and you just start pre-dreading. Take 5-minutes, close your eyes, and […] The post Be …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Wednesday March 20, 2019