Issue #223

4 February 2021


Issue #223
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How To Be A Sponsor When You're A Developer
- Lara Hogan
#Leadership #Management
 
tl;dr: You don't have to be a manager to sponsor someone. Lara provides a framework of real-life, non-managerial examples facing within the org and outward, and when speaking to your sponsee and to others. 
#ThoughtPiece
 
tl;dr: Broken into three sections: (1) things Chris has changed his mind on e.g. typed languages are better when working in a team with various experience levels. (2) Opinions he's picked up e.g. adding more technology is rarely a good call. (3) Old opinions that are unchanged e.g monoliths are pretty good in most circumstances.
The Cult of Best Practice
- Dominik Krejcik
#CareerAdvice
 
tl;dr: "Many best practices in programming don’t meet the definition. They spread, not based on merit or evidence, but thanks to authority bias and social utility. As they spread, they lose nuance. As they lose nuance, they become easier to evangelise. Combined with lack of experience, they can lead to cult-like behaviour."
#CareerAdvice
 
tl;dr: As a developer advocate, there’s always something new to learn or adopt. The price of which is limited comprehension. DJ compares this to seeds planted loosely in the ground that don't grow properly, as opposed to mastery where seeds are deeper and more rooted.
#CareerAdvice
 

tl;dr: Michael quit his job at Google to go solo three years ago, focussing on his own projects. This is his annual report of what he's learned - (1) Product/market fit is magic. (2) You can build a successful business without being available 24/7. (3) Success is more stressful than failure. 


“People have an enormous tendency to resist change. They love to say, 'We've always done it this way.' I try to fight that.”

- Grace Hopper

 
#InterviewAdvice
tl;dr: Zain covers: (1) How to use recruiters to your advantage. (2) Going to real interviews for practice (3) Being open to learning during interviews (4) Keeping those skills sharp even when you’re not job hunting. 
#MentalHealth
 
tl;dr: (1) You are never the only one. (2) Openness is a habit, not a character trait. (3) There's strength in showing vulnerability. (4) Some people just don’t get it, and more. 
#Python
 
tl;dr: "I will be diving into CPython's C code, but understanding or even reading those parts of this post won't be required in order to understand how the unravelling works."
#JavaScript
 
tl;dr: "The concept is the same as before: see by the numbers which projects got traction in 2020, by comparing the numbers of stars added on GitHub, over the last 12 months."
#GitHub #Performance #FrontEnd
 
tl;dr: Tobias runs through the code that makes the page performant, how illustrators work with designers and engineers, the way in which the page was designed, and more. 
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