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Enthusiasts vs. Pragmatists

Do you love programming for its own sake, or do you just program for the outcomes it enables? Depending on which describes you best you will face different problems in your career as a software developer. Enthusiasts code out of love. If you’re an enthusiast you’d write software just for fun, but one day you discovered your hobby could also be your career, and now you get paid to do what you love. Pragmatists may enjoy coding, but they do it for the outcomes. If you’re a pragmatist, you write software because it’s a good career, or for what it enables you to do and build. Which is your camp and why?

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The next career step for Senior Software Engineers (that isn’t management)

This is a must-read for any software engineer wondering how they can move up the ladder without falling pray to the Peter Principle. Career progress for programmers doesn’t require giving up coding to become a manager. You can get more autonomy—and stronger negotiation leverage—by going from implementer, to problem solver, to problem finder.

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Stabbing yourself with a fork() in a multiprocessing.Pool full of sharks

I really dig Itamar’s writing style: It’s time for another deep-dive into Python brokenness and the pain that is POSIX system programming, this time with exciting and not very convincing shark-themed metaphors! There’s a lot to learn here, and it’s not all Python specific. Hop in, the water’s warm (but filled with sharks)!

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There’s always more work to do—but you still don’t need to work long hours

“There’s always more work to do” is a common excuse for why programmers need to work long hours. But a little bit of planning and prioritization will do far more to help you ship your product on time—with the features that really matter. 💯 times yes! Everything Itamar is saying in this post aligns with my experience.

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You are not your tools

Itamar hits the nail on the head: If you think of yourself as a Python programmer, if you identify yourself as an Emacs user, if you know you’re better than those vim-loving Ruby programmers: you’re doing yourself a disservice. You’re a worse programmer for it, and you’re harming your career. I’ve been preaching the gospel of generalization for many years. This industry moves fast. Today’s new hotness is tomorrow’s old and busted. Learn specific skills, yes. But always keep yourself above the fray. I am not a Rails Developer. I am not an Elixir Guy. Heck, I don’t even consider myself a web developer. I solve problems; sometimes by writing software. Back to Itamar: The technologies you use, the tools you build with, are just that: tools. Learn to use them, and learn to use them well. But always remember that those tools are there to serve you, you are not there to serve your tools.

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