The software development profession is becoming little more than an amalgamation of abstract paradigms, useless concepts and ‘cool’ tools that bring us few real results, says Steve Naidamast. In this long read, he takes a sociological look at the downward trajectory of programming.
The more languages you know, the better a programmer you are, right? Not always – your coding skills are just the beginning of what most companies are looking for in a fresh programming recruit.
Developer performance and how it impacts the industry is a big deal – so much so that Jacob Kaplan-Moss made an attempt to tackle it during his PyCon 2015 keynote. Calling himself a mediocre programmer, he confronts the programming talent myth.
As a developer, are you able to run free with other species? Are Ops and architects allowed to frolic together as God intended? Or are you trapped in a pen of expertise? Nigel Moulton discusses the pros and cons of converged skills in IT departments.
No concept is more complex and nebulous to a software developer than the one that is suggested by the word “done”. Is there such a thing as a finish line in IT? And if so, what exact requirements should a programmer need to fulfil in order to cross it?
Do you really want to hire somebody that’s good at making themselves look good? Or are you looking for a certain skill-set? Perhaps you need to shape your job spec differently, or recognise non-traditional talent. How do you define expertise?
Are you a junior or a senior developer? Perhaps you’re somewhere in the middle, but how do you know for sure? We look into what differentiates each rank and how experience plays the major part in determining your position and authority.
The perfect candidate for that developer job is hard to find, but are you taking more than their skills into account? How can you tell they’ll be a great addition to the team? Developing with passion is something that all hiring managers should look out for.
David Heinemeier Hansson says that workaholics aren’t the solution to your start-up cash woes. Rather than rely on slave-driving to push your idea, DHH thinks you need a better strategy to get creative, interesting people investing in your vision.
Technical tests are becoming part of the norm during the interview process, so Roy Bailey has outlined what you should be focusing on when it comes to navigating technical interviews and tests. It’s time to look at the value, rather than the cost of things.
Programmer Marco Behler believes that productivity starts with requirements, not tools. Developers need to care about the end user and stop living by the “Start first, finish never” routine – where half of what you’re building remains unclear.
Kent Beck wants to help programmers work towards more production-like feedback sooner, so he fashioned a manifesto for ‘Making Making’ – the process that developers engage in to create and code. Quicker, more accurate feedback is the ultimate goal.
The typical developer dress code isn’t known for being chic: the t-shirt and jeans combination are the epitome of comfort for most, yet some companies seem to want to change the rules. Could this mean the end of the casual office?