Before coming to Python, I did a lot of work in Java. Java is pretty good language and environment, but it is different than Python. Beyond the language syntax there’s a ton little differences to be aware of. Sometimes when we move from Java into Python it shows by some of the things that we do.
Here’s some things I’ve learned over the years, (or things that I’ve stubbed my toes on recently). Continue reading
Debugging with real bugs
Recently at work I discovered that everyone on my team had different approaches and tools they used for python debugging. Here’s a quick run down of some of the favorite tips and techniques that we came up with. This list is ordered from simplest to more advanced. Continue reading
One day you look up and you realize you don’t feel like doing anything. Tasks are piling up, everyone seems to be on your case, and you can’t get it in gear to get even the smallest thing done.
It happens to everyone, and affects each person a little bit differently. In my experience there’s a few common warning signs. Continue reading
Mindset is everything
To software developers, the word “agile” usually conjures up thoughts of project tracking, story points, and team velocity. To truly be the most effective developer that you can be, the word agile should also remind you that change is constant and that you must adapt. An agile mindset is the greatest tool a software developer can possess.
Too many software developers fall into the routine of their process. We work our stories, finish our sprints, and move on to the next iteration. While this does allow software to be produced in a predictable manner, it also can shackle developers. When facing a new challenge that challenges their existing mindset, these shackles can hold a developer back. Continue reading
Every time I think I’m doing pretty good with my projects, I take look over and see what Elon Musk is doing. Then I instantly feel like I’m wasting my life. That guy does such huge things and he does them so quickly it is mind boggling. What is his secret? Can I be like that?
The answers is yes, if you use “First Principles” reasoning. I have found that when you apply first principles to debugging software that you will get to better solutions. So what is first principles? Here’s Elon explaining the how and what of it:
So here’s the take away:
In most workplaces, software developers have someone who tells them what to do and when to do it. Managing projects usually is the responsibility of a Project Manager, Scrum master, team lead, or even just “the boss”. But what happens when you don’t have that guidance? Or of you are working on side project by yourself? Here’s how I manage my projects.
If you are going to succeed on a project you’ve got to have a plan. A plan has a start, an objective, and the series of steps that have to be taken to get to the objective. Continue reading
In the world of software development there’s always something new popping up. New languages, frameworks, operating systems, databases, you name it. The challenge for a developer is to stay on top and ahead of these new technologies. It can be very tempting to give up and not learn anything new, but I want to propose that learning new things like a new language or framework can be very helpful!
Learning begets learning
The more you practice the art of learning something new, the easier it is to learn new things. This sounds like tautology, but it is true. Continue reading
Have you seen the Gitlab Continuous Integration feature? It is pretty sweet. All you have to do is include a special yaml file and then when you check in new code it will build/test it for you. As awesome as that is, can it also deploy your code? The answer is YES!
The first step is to create a .gitlab-ci.yml file in the root of your repo. This file is seen by gitlab and is used to configure a Continuous Integration (CI) server that will build and test your code. Continue reading
In my last blog post I talked about dealing with Coder’s Block. But what happens when you aren’t blocked, yet don’t produce anything? You are suffering from a lack of focus. Let’s discuss.
The first step is admitting you have a problem
Many people know that they need to focus. But most people don’t realize this until it is Continue reading
Writer’s block is a problem that writers have when they simply don’t know what words to put on the page. Developer’s have this same problem, I like to call it coder’s block. Where does it come from, and how do we get rid of it? Let’s dive in.
Where coder’s block comes from
My theory is that coder’s block is the result of burn out. When you are so close to your work for so long burnout becomes a serious problem. At first you will start to make “simple” mistakes more frequently, and eventually most things start to take longer to finish. This all builds on itself and starts to erode your self confidence in your work.
Once your confidence is being questioned it is every easy for things to snowball to the point where you are afraid to write code for fear of it being another broken thing to fix. At this point you are deep in the throes of coder’s block. Nothing seems to work right, and it seems like it never will.
The worst part of this is that most of the damage is self inflicted. Continue reading