is Open, and it’s Great

Monday, September 15, 2008

If you haven't heard about it, Stack Overflow is the new baby of Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky. The concept is as simple as it can be: creating the most massive programming FAQ in the world. Questions are asked, answers are given, and the best answers appear on top. I was in the private beta of this site, and I can be a witness that this works really well. Never was there a forum or a newsgroup in which I asked a question about programming and received good answers so quickly. Also: the simple-yet-clever UI of Stack Overflow can...
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Why I Like My Job

Friday, June 27, 2008

Recently I've been reflecting on my life's choices. Just a reflective kind of mood, I guess. I chose to become a programmer when I was 18 years old. That was 6.5 years ago, and a pretty young age to make life-changing choices - at least in my country. That choice pretty much set the course for me for the next 9 years, as I was going to study in the university for 3 years and then work in the same place for the following 6 years. That's a lot of burden on 18-year old shoulders. So I got to...

The Plunge

Thursday, September 27, 2007

I believe that there is a step that every developer must take. For lack of a better term, I will call it the Plunge into Knowledge. I've seen it happening many times, and it happened to me as well. You start your development life by doing your job. You get a task, you do it. If you hit a snag, you turn to one of your co-workers for advice. If they hadn't yet taken the Plunge themselves, they will give you the best answer they have, an answer they probably received from someone else who used to be in...
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