Have you ever noticed that software developers tend to be extremely opinionated? If you haven’t, then go to your favorite programming email list or forum and state the “Eclipse is the only IDE you should use” or “Java is better than any language in existence” and watch what happens. Software developers have been known to… Read More There Is No Room For Zealotry in Software Development
PLEASE REVIEW THE MORE RECENT VERSION FOR FEBRUARY 2010. I recently wrote about what programming languages jobs are currently requiring. In the comments and other venues, people mentioned it would be really interesting to see the job trends over time. So, I decided to see what trend information I could find. Thankfully, Indeed and SimplyHired… Read More Traditional Programming Language Job Trends
As a software engineer, you need to keep your skills sharp and current. This is a general requirement of the job. In addition to this, in the current economy you do not want to be without a job. Obviously, this means learning more about what your current company uses for all of its development. What… Read More [UPDATED] What Programming Languages Do Jobs Require?
Yesterday, I was helping a coworker understand part of an application I had worked on previously. When we had finished going through his issue, he asked whether he needed to write unit test. Obviously, I recommended that he write new unit tests and ensure the old unit tests did not break. He then asked me… Read More What Does Your Development Environment Look Like?
Continuing with my introduction to software development posts, I have listed some of my favorite computer science books. Many of these are fairly theory based, or were really important when they were released. Many software developers I know have huge libraries, but I wanted to focus on some that I refuse to give away. The… Read More My Favorite Programming And Computer Science Books
As a java developer, I write unit tests all the time. There are a lot of ways to do this, but sometimes unit testing becomes difficult. This could be because you need to test a Struts action or you do not want your unit tests to hit your database. So, the question is what tools… Read More Tools For Unit Testing Java Web Applications
Image via Wikipedia Chris Brogan has been making me think a lot lately. The other day he asked what inspires people to action. He has a very lofty goal: My goal with every blog post is to get you thinking in a way that might cause a change in your course of action. As a… Read More Why Do You Write Code?
Image via Wikipedia In a continuation of the idea behind my “What Programming Language Should I Learn” post, people always ask how to learn a language. These are people who have not learned a programming language yet, so we have to start at the beginning. The following is some simple advice on how to get… Read More Simple Advice For Learning A Programming Language
As I do my professional and personal work, I am always looking for the best tool for the job. In software development, there are several programming languages that can be used for a wide variety of reasons. I am often asked by people new to software development what is the best language to learn. They… Read More What Programming Language Should I Learn?
Image via Wikipedia Obviously, the US financial crisis is on a lot of people’s mind. Given the downturn in real estate and the financial sector, investments are taking a beating. Of course, if you are an investor and have listened to practical investment advice, you have diversified your portfolio. If you have diversified, your investments… Read More What Can Developers Learn From the Financial Crisis?