I was recently on a chairlift talking to my uncle who is a technology exec at a finance company in New York, and he told me that one way they vet people is by looking at their Stack Overflow score. I've landed on Stack Overflow pages many times in the past, but successfully finding and answering questions takes putting in a decent amount of effort and requires knowledge about the problem domain (sometimes, a lot of knowledge about it!). Well, in an effort to selfishly increase my own fame and unselfishly help other struggling devs I've recently began to really try to look for questions that I can answer and provide a solid answer for. I've learned some tips to make the search faster, weed out the fluff, and make it much easier to find those low-hanging fruits. The tip I'll share here is to strategically search for Stack Overflow questions. Enjoy! :)
I have a habit of falling in love with a company as soon as I leave the interview. Unfortunately, I've had a good deal of no's while looking for a new job. It's important to take the bad new gracefully, reflect on it, and prepare for getting that yes next time. Indeed, I heard a "no" today regarding an interview I went on this past Friday. Yes, I am bitter because I really wanted the job, but sometimes it's just not the right fit for whatever reason.
Even though I consider myself more of a developer than a tester, I've realized that the best creators of perfect software of those who can build a balanced suite of automated tests with some code implemented to make them work. Although the ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) exam has to do with all testing including just manual testing. Also, as the inventor of Triplex Testing Theory I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. They have some weird vocabulary, but overall studying for this this exam can give you a great awareness of all areas of software testing without being a programming language specific tutorial on it. I don't have much time left before I go to the testing center, but my last method of studying is copying my notes here in a blog post. If you're taking the exam soon, I hope this helps!
A great presentation by Elizabeth Hall, VP of People at Trello on how they are having a lot of success hiring remote developers. It's true that finding the best developers is difficult, and being able to hire from any geographical location is a huge advantage. Hall mentions that it took some transitioning to a more remote-focused culture but that overall it was "definitely worth it"!
Continuous Integration- it might be the last thing I'm lacking that is preventing me from developing in a truly agile, world class programmer level. Nobody loves automated testing more than me, and so I was naturally by this concept of having the unit and e2e tests run each time the code is pushed to the git repo.
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