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Should I Work On Non-Work Things At Work?

I’ve received a lot of questions lately about whether or not it is appropriate to work on non-work things at work. This isn’t an easy question to answer and every situation is a bit different, but I thought I’d offer some general advice that can help you figure out the answer for yourself. Doing something is better than doing nothing …

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How Taiseer Joudeh, Built an Incredibly Successful Technical Blog in 14 Months

I recently had the opportunity to interview very prolific and friendly, Taiseer Joudeh. He first caught my attention when I saw he had mentioned me on Twitter, thanking me for the help in getting his Microsoft MVP and mentioning me in his blog post. John @jsonmez Thanks for all the inspiration and motivation you blog about! I’m MVP now. Special …

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24 Quick Tips to Boost Your Career as a Software Engineer, This Year

This is your year! Well–it can be. I want it to be, you want it to be… Everyone wants it to be, except for Bobby. Who’s Bobby?   He’s the guy that bullied you in high school and shoved you into lockers. Bobby doesn’t want to see you succeed. Bobby wants you to end up flipping burgers, like he is. …

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What It Actually Means to Market Yourself as a Software Developer

Today is your lucky day! No, really it is. I am going to tell you exactly what it means to market yourself as a software developer and why it just might not be such a bad thing. Believe me, I know what you are thinking. I get a lot of flak about the idea of marketing yourself or doing any …

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How To Get a Jump Start In Your Programming Career

Getting started in the field of software development is difficult. No doubt, if you are just starting out as a programmer, you have already experienced how difficult it can be to get a job without having much or any experience. If you’ve been a software developer for any amount of time, you’ve probably experienced how difficult it can be to …