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Monday, September 29th, 2014

What Ever Happened to the Founders of Sierra Online?

Some of the fondest memories of my childhood involve playing adventure games like Space Quest,

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Caffeinated Coder: Is Caffeine Good or Bad?

For a long time I’ve wondered about the benefits or detriments of caffeine. I’ve always been one of those coffee drinkers who didn’t have to have coffee, but drank it when it was available. I’ve never really noticed how caffeine affected me, because I never really paid that much attention. But, I’ve always been curious, […]

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Monday, September 15th, 2014

Don’t Focus on Your Strengths

Guys, guys, guys… (and gals) I think we are starting to becoming a little “wussy”–all of us–no offense. I’ve found the most success in my life by working on my weaknesses and making them strengths. Why? Because, when you make a weakness into a strength you appreciate it more and you are more committed and […]

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Soft Skills is the Manning Deal of the Day!

Great news! Early access to my new book Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual, is on sale today (9/11/2014) only as Manning’s deal of the day! If you’ve been thinking about getting the book, now is probably the last chance to get it at a discounted rate. Just use the code: dotd091114au to the get […]

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Open as Many Doors as Possible

Even though specialization is important, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to open up as many doors as possible in your life.

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

Your Worst Enemy Is Yourself

Here’s the thing… You could have been exactly where you want to be right now. You could have gotten the perfect job. You could have started that business you always wanted to start. You could have gotten those 6-pack abs. You could have even met the love of your life. There has only been one […]

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Monday, September 1st, 2014

Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual, Early Access

Wow, this is a pretty exciting week for me. This week, the book I’ve been laboring on, is finally available for early access through Manning’s MEAP program. I spent about four months working full-time on this book. That might not seem like a lot of time, but believe me, writing a book is no easy […]

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Monday, August 25th, 2014

Anything Worth Doing is Worth Doing Right

It seems that I am always in a rush. I find it very difficult to just do what I am doing without thinking about what is coming next or when I’ll be finished with whatever I am working on. Even as I am sitting and writing this blog post, I’m not really as immersed in […]

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Monday, August 18th, 2014

Taking Action

On any given day my inbox is full of emails from software developers asking me for advice on all kinds of topics. Even though many of these questions are unique, I’ve found that many of the emails have one root, all-encompassing solution: taking action. Most people never actually do anything with their lives. Most people […]

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

How Often Should I Blog

In this video I talk about how often you should blog and why blogging more often is better as long as you can maintain a consistent level of quality.

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

How to Negotiate Your Salary

I’m often surprised how many software developers neglect to do any salary negotiations at all or make a single attempt at negotiating their salary and then give up and take whatever is offered. Negotiating your salary is important—not just because the dollars will add up over time and you could end up leaving a lot […]

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Monday, August 4th, 2014

I Hate Astronomers

The majority is not always right. If you get nothing else from this post, but it has helped remind you of this fact, then I’ll feel that I have done my job. The society we live in today is more connected than ever. It is easier and easier to share ideas and communicate. Right now […]

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