18 May

An on-site learning experience for software engineers

Education is getting more and more specific. Instead of simply teaching computer programming using general topics, some colleges in the U.S. are now actually pushing for curriculums that target a specific subject. One of the topics that caught my attention is casino software.

Apparently, fifteen community colleges in Massachusetts have added a casino syllabus in order to properly educate both programmers and non-programmers on how to handle the floor operations of a casino. The casino industry is cutthroat and ever-changing, which is why people who wish to work in this particular field need special training.

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27 May

Developers, tag your apps and don’t mess up

I worked with SugarCRM a lot. Actually, my first “real” dev job started with building a robust software solution based on SugarCRM. And so I learned a lot about enterprise software and developed a bunch of solutions using the platform I started with.

Not long ago I started consulting businesses from the US on SugarCRM and enterprise software. I even took over some dev work. Then I found myself managing more than one instance of the same web app. I soon started messing things up by making changes to the wrong application because they all looked and behaved the same!

I just had to find a solution that would prevent me from creating a complete mess and possibly some international scandal by playing with a live application instead of my local app. Naturally, I built a Google Chrome extension.

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25 May

“Hashtags don’t make you an expert”

Are you one of those people who like to list a ton of stereotypical keywords when applying for a job? Do you advertise yourself as creative, outgoing, smart person with this or that hobby? Do you claim to know an endless number of programming languages or are you by chance from the Balkans and claim to speak four languages – Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian and Montenegrin – even though it’s practically the same language?

If you were on Twitter, I bet you could turn each and every one of those stereotypes into a hashtag and try to put it in your one liner – A #super #awesome #creative #ruby #python #php #java #angular #developer that does #yoga and plays #amateur #tennis! Wow, you just burned my eyes…

Please, let me tell you something… Hashtags don’t make you an expert. It’s experience, projects, relationships and contacts. It’s all about what you’ve done, not what you claim you can do.

So what can you do? Go ahead and be awesome at what you do. And then get even better. And then focus on what you’ve accomplished. People will know how to appreciate that.

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