I am studying for the AWS Certified Developer – Associate certificate, and I don’t have all the time in the world to study. Needing more bang for my studying buck, I searched for study tips based on Cognitive Science and Psychology. These tips are new – at least, new to me. And they are powerful.… Continue reading The best study habits according to science
Startup Advice for Engineers. Do things that don’t scale. Timely advice on how to clean up your Twitter account. How Auth0 builds highly-scalable SaaS products. Serverless isn’t right for every scenario, but when it works, it works. Web scraping under the GDPR regime. . Long story short, don’t scrape the personal information of EU residents.
When Nixon said “I am not a crook,” Americans saw him as a crook. Because negating the frame activates that frame. I am studying for the AWS Certified Developer Associate exam. And I realized that I have been taking notes all wrong. I caught myself writing “ObjectNotFound is not,” and stopped. I stopped and crossed… Continue reading A Study Tip Based on Cognitive Science
“Let me tell you why my tv series in the 90s was so good, besides just an inordinate amount of just pure good fortune. In most tv series, 50 percent of the time is spent working on the show, 50 percent of the time is spent dealing with personality, political, and hierarchical issues of making… Continue reading Jerry and Larry Know How to Focus
Today I would like to share a helpful little tip. It will help you avoid problems in the future. But first the backstory. My team is new to the company. Our average tenure with the company is about six months. And with a new team, it always takes time for the team to bond. And… Continue reading Always Leave a Note
“It’s important to think of API evolution in terms of growth and increasing flexibility. Graceful API evolution is additive in terms of functionality, and subtractive in terms of requirements. While change is inevitable, planning for a graceful API evolution is a good way to minimize changes that break things. For example: required input may become… Continue reading API Development: Additive, not Subtractive
The Big Picture: Big changes need big focus. Let’s talk about focus today because the ability to focus is a superpower. We used to call it sticktoitiveness. I’m going to talk in pretty general terms today. But this applies to software engineering and leadership. So let me tell you some stories. Finance in College When… Continue reading Focus
Asymmetric payoffs Heads, you break even. Tails, you lose. Would you take that deal? Heads you break even, and tails you lose? That’s a terrible deal. We should avoid that at all costs. So let me talk a little bit about that in terms of software engineering. In software engineering, people want reliability and consistency.… Continue reading Slow Down
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