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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


Hurts so good

Dear Reader, I’m old. By the time you read this, I’m even older. Getting old means that some things I used to take for granted now come at a price. That price is usually pain. When I was younger, I could ride my bicycle for hours and think nothing of it. Now, my 35 minute, […] The post Hurts so good appeared first …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Tuesday March 19, 2019


My ONE Friend

Dear Reader, My paternal grandmother, Grace “Mamaw” Evans, was a Godly woman. She was also a master marketer. Whether she was introducing someone at the flower shop she owned for as long as I can remember, or she was introducing a new member to the Sunday school class she taught, her introduction was the same. […] …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Monday March 18, 2019


The future is up to us

Dear Reader, I often talk about standing on the shoulders of giants. I don’t always mean the people that developed the tools I use day to day to get my job done. I stand on the shoulders of the people who reached down, helped my up and then helped me climb onto their shoulders. I […] The post The future is up to …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Sunday March 17, 2019


Making Happiness

Dear Reader, WordCamp’s have a concept that PHP conferences need to steal. A dedicated room for people to hang out and help each other with technical issues. Yes, every PHP conference has the hallway track and that’s good. But the happiness bar is for more in-depth help. Speakers go there after their talk to help […] …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Saturday March 16, 2019


Conferences are for making new friends

Dear Reader, I met my three best friends, Paul, Keith, and Adam, at PHP conferences. Meeting people and making new friends is one of the major benefits of participating in a conference. I would not say that ‘the hallway track’ is the reason to attend a conference, but it is in the top 3. The […] The post Conference…

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Friday March 15, 2019


Leadership is a skill, not a talent

Dear Reader, Talents are special natural abilities or aptitudes. Skills are abilities coming from one’s knowledge. Leadership is a skill, not a talent. Anyone willing to learn and continually practice this skill. If Malcom Gladwell is right in Outliers, anyone willing to put in 10,000 hours of learning and practice …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Wednesday March 13, 2019


What you love may not be what you are good at

Dear reader, I think the worst advice that my generation has given those that have followed us is this. “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” or “Follow your passion” I’m guilty of perpetuating this myth because I’m lucky enough to do something I enjoy, writing software. It […] The post …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Tuesday March 12, 2019


Don’t HAVE an awesome day, MAKE it an awesome day!

Dear Reader, PM: “GOOD MORNING! How is everybody today?” Me: “AWESOME!” That’s how our daily stand-ups start more often than not. Most days do not start out as “awesome” for me. They start out like they do for you, dragging my increasing old butt out of bed to spend another day bending computers to do […] The post …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Friday March 8, 2019


Burger With Relish And Fries

Dear Reader, In diving we teach BWRAF. It’s a memory device for the checklist a diver has to go through before they dive. Burger = BCD/Buoyancy With = Weights Relish = Releases And = Air Fries = Friend Once your gear is setup, you run the checklist. The first 4 points remind you how to […] The post Burger With …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Thursday March 7, 2019


Figuring it out together

Dear Reader, I am the first to admin that I’ve not figured out everything there is to know about software development. I don’t know anyone who has. How am I expected to function when none of us have it all figured out? The answer is that we have to rely on each other. There are […] The post Figuring it out together …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Wednesday March 6, 2019


I am not qualified to teach that

Dear Reader, I was sitting on the edge of the pool setting up my gear when a student asked a question about the skill they had just learned. I opened my mouth to answer when the instructor chimed in from a ways away with the answer. Later he pulled me aside. Apologizing for interrupting, he […] The post I am not …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Tuesday March 5, 2019


You see the things you are looking for

Dear Reader, A few years ago I decided I wanted to buy myself a Jeep. Once I made the decision, it amazed me, that everywhere I looked, I saw people driving Jeeps. The percentage of the population that drives Jeeps hasn’t changed drastically, my perception of the world changed. Once I decided I was interested […] …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Monday March 4, 2019


Practice the best

Dear Reader, The tenants of software development put forth in Fred Brook’s seminal work “Mythical Man Month” are considered by most professional software developers to be “Best Practices”. They are not considered to be best practices because someone smart wrote them down; they are given this title because for the past …

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Written by Cal Evans - - Aggregated on Friday March 1, 2019


Sunglasses as an investment vehicle

Dear Reader, In my lifetime, I have owned 3 pair of expensive sunglasses. One pair of Ray-Ban Aviators in the 80’s Two pair of Oakley’s. Each lasted me approximately three months before I lost or destroyed them. More recently I’ve started buying a significantly cheaper – yet still polarized – brand. Guess what? They …

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


Stretch learning

Dear Reader, As I write this, I a reading The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea. It is a fascinating look at the Gulf of Mexico, past and present. Most of the books I read attempt to make me a better business man, developer, or person. This one is far out of any of […] The post Stretch learning appeared first …

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