10 Developer Job Interview Tips To Land The Best Job You Can

There isn’t a large amount of advice out there on developer job interviews. I’ve found that many talented developers have difficulty with job interviews, because they spend more of their time focusing on what they are truly passionate about, technology and development, and not much time prepping their interview skills. It’s unfortunate, because having good job interview skills can really …

So You Think You Can Polymorph?

In the true spirit of this blog I am going to take the complex idea of polymorphism and make it as simple as possible. Now you may already think you understand polymorphism—and perhaps you do—but I’ve found that most software developers don’t actually understand exactly what polymorphism is. What is polymorphism? How many times have you been asked this question …

Getting Up to BAT: Hiring an Automation Lead

This is my first in a series of posts about getting to fully automated blackbox testing, or BAT, as I like to call it. In my last post in the Back to Basics series, I mentioned that I would begin this series with the intent of showing you step by step how to go from no automation to a quality …

Solving Problems, You Better Learn How

It is astounding how many developers can write and maintain large enterprise systems dealing with all kinds of complex logic, database access, etc and cannot for the life of them solve a moderately difficult programming problem given in an interview in less than 30 minutes. It is also astounding how many developers that can not write even a single line …

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Why Hard Developer Interviews are Good

I’ve never understood the shock people have of hiring a programmer and then finding out that he can’t actually write any code or that he completely lied on his resume. This is a very simple problem that can easily be solved, yet not too many hiring managers or developers responsible for doing interviews are willing to do it. All you …

Selling Yourself: Why? (Part 1)

I know many good developers who are under the impression that they either don’t have to sell themselves, or selling yourself is wrong, but is that really true? First, let me clarify by defining what I mean by “selling yourself.”  I don’t mean “selling out,” I mean marketing yourself, what you’re doing and what your skills are.  Especially to your …