N Ways To Be A Better Developer
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N Ways To Be A Better Developer

About the Book

With over 25 years of combined experience as software developers, we share some of the lessons we have learned throughout our careers. Without diving into technical details and without focusing on any particular programming language, we analyze the nature of the developer and find patterns that help developers become better at their job. The book is based on our own careers: it's a reflection of what we've done right and wrong and analysing what got us to where we are today.

It is also based on the progression we have seen in so many developers. The both of us have not only worked as developers but we've also hired developers, managed developers, trained developers and coached developers. We've also spoken to many developers at conferences and in our developer communities. There are some common patterns that we recognize when we look at developers. We've seen things that work, we've seen things that didn't work. We've seen developers grow from shy fresh-out-of-college coders to super software architects. We've also seen developers wither away and never really progress. Being able to work with so many developers has helped us form an opinion on what we think are the key aspects that move developers forward. 

The book is based on a number of keynotes we have delivered at developer conferences, where we talked about our experience as and with developers. The presentations and the book have a common goal: we hope that by sharing our insights, we help other developers become more succesful. 

Note: the book is in early beta stages. We will be updating and enhancing it regularly. Buying the book before it's finished gives you early access to its contents, and will encourage us to continuously improve the book.

About the Authors

Lorna Mitchell
Lorna Mitchell

Lorna is an independent web development consultant and trainer based in Leeds, UK and working with a wide variety of clients to improve their development practices.  She is the author of traditionally published books "PHP Master" and "PHP Web Services" in addition to her Leanpub collection and writes regularly for her own site lornajane.net and other publications.  A regular conference speaker, you can often find her at conferences and other events speaking about both business and technical topics, particularly HTTP and APIs.  Outside of work, Lorna leads the joind.in open source project - enabling real-time public feedback for speakers and organisers of community events.

Lorna Mitchell

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Ivo Jansch
Ivo Jansch

Ivo is an 'entreprenerd', a nerd who turned into a business owner. He runs Egeniq, a mobile development and consultancy firm and Buildozer, a cloud based continuous integration tool for mobile developers. He organizes developer conferences (such as #mdevcon, for mobile developers), speaks at conferences, has written a number of books, but most of all he is a developer and software architect, with experience in Java, Objective-C and PHP.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • From Keynote to Book - Ivo
    • Sharing Ideas - Lorna
  • Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone!
    • Status quo doesn’t move you forward - Ivo
    • A word of encouragement - Lorna
  • The Dunning-Kruger Effect
    • Seniors vs Seniors - Ivo
  • Keep Your Hands Dirty
    • Don’t leave the trenches - Ivo
  • Reflect
    • Take a moment to consider the big picture - Lorna
    • Continuous Evaluation - Ivo
  • Passion
    • Love your job - Ivo
  • Learn to Google
    • Search terms are an art - Ivo
  • Read, Meet, Code, Repeat
    • The Devil is in the Details - Ivo
    • Release Often, Even In Business - Lorna
  • Learn Other Languages
    • Transferrable skills are transferrable - Lorna
  • Participate in Communities
    • What colour is your community? There’s so much to choose from! - Lorna
  • Learn to Speak Manager
    • Simple words - Lorna
  • Ask Questions, But Learn To Fish
    • Asking great questions. Once - Lorna
    • Helping by not helping - Ivo
  • Keep Reading
    • Share, and harvest the rewards - Lorna
  • Teach!
    • Educate yourself by educating others - Ivo
    • Can I explain this to you? - Lorna
  • The Frog
    • Always challenge expectations - Lorna
    • Expect the unexpected - Ivo
  • One Step At A Time
    • Don’t be overwhelmed - Lorna
  • Be Healthy
    • Allow your brain to reach its full potential - Lorna
    • Do as I say, not as I do - Ivo
  • Have a Role Model, Be a Role Model
    • Follow, and Lead - Lorna
  • Draw Something
    • How visualization helps create better software - Ivo
    • A picture is worth a thousand words - Lorna
  • Explain Your Problem
    • Talk to the penguin - Ivo
    • Confessional Debugging - Lorna
  • Know Your Tools
    • Get the best out of what you have - Lorna
  • Watch The Stars
    • Be inspired, but remember you are not facebook - Ivo
  • What, when, why?
    • The difference between what they ask, and what they need - Ivo
    • What problem are we solving? - Lorna
  • Managing Time
    • Time is Money - Lorna
  • Code Hygiene
    • Keep your code clean - Ivo
  • Don’t believe in magic
    • Code is deterministic - Ivo
  • Work Hard, Play Hard
    • Avoid Work/Life Overbalance - Lorna

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