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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


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