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Cracking The Coding Interview: 12 Things You Need To Know

Cracking the coding interview is the holy grail of many programmers and software developers, but is cracking the coding interview really possible? Nothing, I mean nothing, terrifies more software engineers than the dreaded coding interview. Sure, Gayle McDowell, wrote an excellent book that is actually called “Cracking the Coding Interview,” but is it actually possible? Yes, but I don’t think …

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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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How I got Robert (Uncle Bob) Martin to Write a Foreword For My Book

Last week my publisher, Manning, gave me a little surprise. They told me that my new book, Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual was going to publish early; that anyone who ordered before December 14th would be able to get the print version in their hands by Christmas (barring any unforeseen circumstances.) This was very exciting, until I realized …

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The Code Is NOT Greener On The Other Side Of The Cubicle

One of the worst traps we can fall into as software developers is discontentment. It’s really easy to become discontented with our current situation and to want to seek greener pastures elsewhere. I’m not saying that there aren’t necessarily better situations you could seek out, but finding a better job may not be your problem. Learn to be content with …