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Do’s and Don’t's for Changing the Ratio in Tech

By Suzanne Axtell
April 18, 2013

You’ve probably heard of Etsy, the bustling online marketplace for crafters and artists. You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that most of its customers are women, both buyers and sellers. Ditto that the Etsy team is a pretty good representation …

A Few More Things Every Job-Seeking Programmer Should Know About Project Management

By Andrew Stellman
September 25, 2010

There are a lot of programmers who really don't like project management -- they toss all things project management related into the "pointy haired boss" category and try not to think about them again. But if you're a job-seeking programmer, or a programmer looking to move your career ahead, then there are a few really basic things that could do you really well on an interview.

Geeks at work

By Mac Slocum
August 16, 2010

Michael Lopp, author of "Being Geek" and a self-described "system thinker," understands that geeks and nerds face unique workplace pressures. In this Q&A, he reveals key lessons he's picked up during his career. Those include: how geeks can communicate with non-geeks, why geeks and managers don't get along, and how to know when it's time to move on.

Essential developer skills: Refactoring in Visual Studio 2010

By Andrew Stellman
August 8, 2010

If you've been reading my blog posts, you know that I try to help novice and intermediate C# programmers improve their skills, and help progress along the developer career path. I think this goes beyond simply getting better at programming C# and .NET. There are additional skills that, in my opinion, really make a difference in your ability to code. It's possible to become an advanced programmer without them, but it's a lot easier with them. Refactoring is one of those skills, and I think that any C# developer—even a novice one—can benefit from it. If you're a C# developer looking to take the next step on your career path and you don't refactor your code regularly, this is a great starting point to help move to the next level.

A constellation you should know

By Lucy Gray
June 14, 2010

This blog post has been sitting on my computer’s desktop for a few weeks now.... I’m finally getting around to telling you about a great week I had at the end of May. It started off with a brief trip to Northern California with stops at Dale’s amazing Maker Faire (equally impressive were his sprinting skills as he leapt into...

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