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Hiring Developers Is Hard

My company is currently trying to hire a senior JavaScript developer. It’s been two months and so far we haven’t even interviewed a single candidate. We posted the job all over the internets but have only received a few responses, and none from qualified candidates. We have an…

Initial Thoughts on Learn.co

Today I was given early access to Flatiron School’s new online learning site Learn.co. I played around with it for about an hour and was very impressed. Here are my initial thoughts: Flatiron Is Free* I think Flatiron is now the first coding boot camp to open source…

Question From A Mid-Level Developer

I’ve been a professional software developer for 2 years now. I’m at the stage where I no longer consider myself a junior developer, and don’t need my hand held to do work anymore. While someone of my skill level may be considered called a ‘senior’ developer in…

3 Lessons Learned While Paying Off Technical Debt

For almost the past year, I’ve been part of a team at my company building a new web application. Because we’ve operated using agile methodology, we generally only do things very incrementally, building the smallest features or making the smallest adjustments one at a time. While there are…

Fog Creek Should Just Hire Female Developers

I was very excited when Fog Creek announced that it was offering fellowships to female graduates of the Flatiron School. However, now that I've personally talked to some of the fellows and had more time to reflect on it, I'm more puzzled than anything. The idea behind offering this fellowship…

Going Off The Rails

Somehow the majority of my vacation got taken over by my obsession with building a side project. While it may seem like a waste to spend my vacation doing the exact same thing I do at work (coding) - it's actually been a great experience. I've learned a ton and…