Land that first programming job

How does a person land their first job as a developer these days?

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Caribbean Developer's Conference

Picture a developer’s conference held at a resort on a tropical island. What comes to mind? An endless supply of Piña Coladas? Sand abrasions in all the dark crevices of your body? Or perhaps, if you’re a developer, you imagine sitting on the beach, staring out at the ocean as a nice respite between sessions.

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Abolish Performance Reviews

Who doesn’t love the smell of performance reviews in the morning? A smell welcomed by employees and managers alike with joy and delight. An efficient ritual that is fair and definitely motivates everyone to improve. A ritual that no one doubts is worth the investment of time and energy.

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Comments for Jekyll Blogs

If you are a long time reader of my blog, you might notice something different starting today. No, the content hasn’t gotten any better. What’s new is the comment system.

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Scientist.NET 2.0 Release

I have some big news! Scientist.NET 2.0 is now available on NuGet.

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PR information at your fingertips

The Information Industry Association adopted the motto “Putting Information at Your Fingertips” way back in the hazy days of the 1970s. However it was during a 1990 Comdex keynote (you can watch a scratchy VHS recording of it on YouTube), when a relatively young Bill Gates articulated a vision to bring that idea to reality.

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Analyzing GitHub Issue Comment Sentiment With Azure

Developers are real passionate about their semi-colons; or lack thereof. Comment threads on GitHub can get a bit…testy…on this topic. What’s a beleaguered1 repository maintainer to do when an issue comment thread gets out of hand?

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Incentive Pay Does Not Work

In The Case Against Pay for Performance, I argued against increasing pay based on performance reviews. Checkmate. Case closed. Or so I thought. Like many bloggers, I suffer from delusions of grandeur that millions ponder every word I write, are enlightened by insight, and then compelled to action.

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The Impact of our Work

There was once a time I regretted not attending a school with a more rigorous engineering program. I would tell myself, I should have gone to an institution like Stanford which has a strong CS program and ties to the bay area tech scene. I’d be further ahead in my career hobnobbing with VCs showering me with champagne and hundred dollar bills.

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Work hard and love yourself

Not to stereotype tech folks, but, I’ll do it anyways. Most of us could stand to get in better physical shape. I know, that’s about as surprising as a cryptocurrency crash.

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2017 - Darkest timeline

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This year felt a lot like living in the darkest timeline and an episode of Black Mirror at the same time.

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Git Coin Project Maintainer Consensus Protocol

A recent wry tweet by @bcrypt really tickled my funny bone:

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Why do managers go bad?

In Endless Immensity of the Sea I wrote about a leadership style that encourages intrinsic motivation. Many people I talk to don’t work in such an environment. Even those who work in places that promote the ideals of autonomy and intrinsic motivation often find that over time, things change for the worse. Why does this happen?

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Endless Immensity of the Sea

There’s this quote about leadership that resonates with me.

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Trying Medium

I started my first blog at haack.org some time in the year 2000. You can still see pieces of it in the Internet Archive Wayback machine.

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The Moment

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Twin Falls lies around a forty minute drive east of Bellevue, Washington. From the trail head, the path leads to views of three separate waterfalls. Yes, three. “Twin Falls” has a nicer ring to it than “Triplet falls.”

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Auditing ASP.NET MVC Actions

Phil Haack is writing a blog post about ASP.NET MVC? What is this, 2011?

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GitHub Beyond Your Browser

One of my goals at GitHub is to make GitHub more approachable to developers. If you use GitHub, I want you to have tools that complement the way you work and help you to be more effective. In some cases that’s integrating directly in your Editor or IDE of choice. In other cases, it’s offering tools that work side-by-side with your existing tools.

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On .NET and Other Things

Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of .NET’s debut to the world. And Visual Studio was first released twenty years ago! In a recent episode of On .NET, I went to the Channel 9 studios to talk a bit about the history of .NET, my work at GitHub, and challenges to .NET’s future success among other random diversions.

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Git Alias to browse

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Happy New Year! I hope you make the most of this year. To help you out, I have a tiny little Git alias that might save you a few seconds here and there.

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