Attitude vs Experience: What’s more important for developers?

When I was looking for my first software development job, I kept hearing the same thing: “you don’t have enough commercial experience for this role”…

I kept persisting and eventually I got a job at a startup, where I worked for two years.

When I decided to go freelance I was surprised that, after having two years experience as a developer (which in my eyes is a like a century in the fast-changing technology world), I was still hearing the same thing: “you don’t have enough experience for this role…”

But I kept on trying. I worked on my own projects. I published them online. I kept reading and learning new things…

After a few months I got my first freelance contract working with Python.
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How to Build a WebSocket Multi-Client Chat using Ionic and Node.JS

I first started learning how to code at age 12 when I taught myself how to make basic Windows batch scripts. It wasn’t long after that when the easy-to-use GUI drawing feature of Visual Basic 6 had me hooked on programming for good.

I graduated onto making proper network connected applications shortly thereafter. I was obsessed with making client-server programs that could talk to each other over TCP. I spent many of my younger years hacking away at the VB6 WinSock API. First learning how to make one client talk to a server, then figuring out how to make the server handle multiple clients at once and so on…

More recently I was tasked with making a real-time scoreboard for a company I’m currently contracting for. It involved an AngularJS front-end with a WebSocket client and a Node.JS server that would accept connections and broadcast the latest scores from a text file.

To be honest, before taking on this challenge, my Node.JS/Angular experience was sparse at best. But I saw the challenge as an opportunity and quickly learned what I needed to get the job done.

I was amazed at how quickly you can make a multi-threaded network application using Node.JS and the standard JavaScript WebSocket library. In a few minutes you can do something that used to take hours to figure out.

I was so amazed I thought I would make a tutorial explaining how to create a multi threaded chat client and server using Ionic and Node.JS.

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10 Productivity Hacks for Developers

How can you be a more productive developer? That’s the million dollar question.

As a professional developer, one of the most difficult challenges you are faced with is being able to stay focused on tedious lines of code for hours at a time. Whether you’re programming professionally or just fun, you probably have goals you want to achieve, and staying focused is key to achieving them.

I always had trouble staying focused, so over the years I figured out a number of techniques or hacks that have since helped me become a lot more productive.

Although I haven’t found a way (yet) to meticulously measure this – my guess is that, when implemented, these hacks increase my productivity by 100-200%.

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How to ask questions on Stack Overflow (and get answers)

A lot of people ask me questions when something isn’t working.

While I’m more than happy to help where I can, the questions I tend to get don’t outline enough information for me to be able to answer them. But more importantly, I might not be the best-suited developer to help.

Which is why every programmer should learn how to ask questions properly on Stack Overflow — to get the answers that they’re looking for.

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How to Get a Software Developer Job in London

Are you currently looking for a software developer job in London? The scene is booming at the moment, but I still encounter people who have trouble when looking for new roles. So I thought it worthwhile to pass on some of the things I’ve learned whilst navigating this exciting job market.

Whether you’re looking to move from permanent to contract work, or just trying to land your first developer role, there are some things you need to know about getting a programming job in London.

Note: I’ve written this guide with the London job-market in mind, but the principles and methods I’m sharing with you here can be employed regardless of where you live.


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How to Build an App Part 3 of 3: Using Ionic Framework

Now for the third and final part of this three part tutorial: How to build an app. If you missed out on the first two instalments, you can read part one here, and part two here. For our third part, I will explain how to build the app using the Ionic framework.

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How to Build an App Part 2 of 3: Creating the back-end with Django REST Framework

Welcome to part 2 of 3 of my How to Build an App tutorial. In the first part, I explained how to create the back-end server which we will use to host our app’s back-end (if you didn’t get a chance to read it, you can check it out here). In this second part, I will explain exactly how to build the back-end itself.
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How to Build an App Part 1 of 3: Setting up the Development Server with Vagrant, Ubuntu and Salt (Mac OS X Version)

Using Windows? Click here to view the Windows version of this walk-through.

After my previous post, Android Development for Beginners: 6 Steps to Building Your First App, I received some requests asking me to explain in more detail how to build an app, step-by-step. If you have any experience buildings apps you will know that it can be a complicated process and there are a number of different components that need to work together to have a fully functioning app. This includes creating a database, a REST API and the app front end.

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How to Build an App Part 1 of 3: Setting up the Development Server with Vagrant, Ubuntu and Salt

Using a Mac? Click here to view the Mac OS X version of this walk-through.

After my previous post, Android Development for Beginners: 6 Steps to Building Your First App, I received some requests asking me to explain in more detail how to build an app, step-by-step. If you have any experience buildings apps you will know that it can be a complicated process and there are a number of different components that need to work together to have a fully functioning app. This includes creating a database, a REST API and the app front end.

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Android Development for Beginners: 6 Steps to Building Your First App

Learning any new technology can be a challenging and frustrating task. When I first started learning Android development, I spent a lot of time reading the official documentation provided by Google, and following various tutorials over and over again, trying to memorize all the syntax. After a while, I realised that this was a complete waste of time. The fastest way to learn anything is by doing. I know you probably hear that all the time, but it’s as true in software development as it is anywhere else.

In this article, I’ll explain some of the lessons I learned on my journey to becoming proficient in Android development, and the critical steps I took when starting to build my first app.

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