Junior Dev Diaries is a blog series aimed at junior Software Engineers.
It is for developers of any career stage, but will be most helpful for juniors and intermediates. It'll cover a series of topics, from Finding Mentors to Code Reviews and more!
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So you want to get better at a certain language or expand your toolbox, and you’ve heard side it’s good to blog about them or open source the finished(ish) project. Great! But you just don’t know what to work on. Nothing is coming to mind and you’re not really sure where to start!
It's time for another Q&A post. This time I have two interesting questions to answer. What is a senior, and what do I do when I get stuck?
As a Junior Developer, we're often met with many different technologies, all new and foreign to us, and with someone telling us it's the next big thing and we must learn it. I've listened to those people for years now and I've found some patterns for a suitable abstraction of what types of technologies should be in your toolbox. So here there are...
As a software developer, having the ability to learn and adapt is probably the most crucial skill to have. Coming at a problem with no prior knowledge, sitting down and figuring it out is what you're paid to do
Performance reviews a pretty critical in a healthy business, they let you and your manager have a frank conversation on what you are doing well, and what you could be doing better. This is your yearly or half yearly time to get feedback, grow, negotiate position and remuneration.
This series is about how to become a better software engineer, not a better programmer. What’s the differences? Well, coders write code and software engineers build multi-version, multi-person programs. Let’s focus on that multi-person element. Whether you like it or not, software engineering is a team sport.
As a junior or intermediate developer, you might be asked to give an interview. I remember the first time I was asked to interview some candidates, and quite frankly, the idea of that scared the crap out of me. Who was I to determine someone’s ability as a software engineer? Why does my opinion matter? Isn’t this a Seniors job?
As a developer in 2017, it’s important to have some form of online presence. This could be a GitHub (see my recent post), a blog, a vlog or simply just a Twitter account. I think gone are the days of Gamertags and secret online identities, and those acting as their true selves online, giving real, justified opinions, earn more respect. Subsequently having better careers as a result.
For this post, I have a bit of Q & A. These come from blog comments, DMs, tweets and the original survey. I plan to do a few more of these to give back even more, so please send your questions in, however you’d like. I’d recommend avoiding Sky Writing however, the Wellington wind may blow it away before I see it.
As an employer, or even a fellow developer, I want to see your passion for this industry. One of the best ways to do this is to have some of your favourite projects’s code open to view by me and others.