It’s been a very long time since I judged any programmer based on their commit history and I believe if you think you can judge a programmer’s ability by reading his/her code YOU ARE WRONG.
As technical folk, we are often fast to judge an implementation purely on its technical merits, forgetting, that there are other factors often at play. Mehdi Khalili, the author of the post, goes over just some of them, including:
Abiding by bad coding standards
Bad leader and project manager
Synergy or lack thereof
Physical issues (which is similar to the Personal issues above)
Imposters! (which is funny and, something I didn’t think about)
I’ve seen (and done) almost all of these. Business reality and junior devs are the two I’ve come across the most.
A few days ago BitBucket announced the re-worked dashboards, which are now much more focused on the Pull Requests that you’ve created or need to review, rather than lists of repositories that you have access to. I’ve enabled the feature for my team and it looks super awesome!
If you’ve been suffering from being lost in dozens or hundreds of projects and missing out on the Pull Requests activity, check them out. You’d be surprised.
There are things I’ve wanted to do, but if I didn’t do them I’d be fine with that too. There are targets that would have been nice to hit, but if I didn’t hit them I wouldn’t look back and say I missed them.
I don’t aim for things that way.
I do things, I try things, I build things, I want to make progress, I want to make things better for me, my company, my family, my neighborhood, etc. But I’ve never set a goal. It’s just not how I approach things.
Also, Jason Kottke’s therapist advice:
For the longest time, I thought I was wrong to not have goals. Setting goals is the only way of achieving things, right? When I was criticizing my goalless approach to my therapist a few years ago, he looked at me and said, “It seems like you’ve done pretty well for yourself so far without worrying about goals. That’s just the way you are and it’s working for you. You don’t have to change.”
I myself don’t set goals either. But I’m yet to reach that “you’ve done pretty well for yourself” part. Wink.
Remote work is a complex subject. More and more individuals want to do it, yet very few companies offer it. Communications, project management, knowledge sharing, remunerations, time tracking, team building – are just some of the issues.
Here’s the list of 10 companies that are very successful with their remote work cultures (read the article for details):
Evernote is an excellent note-taking service. But it lacks any kind of templating, which is a pretty much required feature once you have more than a few hundred notes. It’s nice to see that some people realize this enough to create alternative services. Transpose is one such attempt.
I haven’t tried it yet, but judging by the video, the interface is not the friendliest ever. Flexibility is a hard problem to solve when it comes to the UI. And at $15/month it’s a bit pricey. But it’s still nice to see that someone is trying.
Internet companies across China are embracing programming cheerleaders, pretty, talented girls that help create a fun work environment. Their job includes buying programmers breakfast, chitchatting and playing ping-pong with them.
According to the HR manager of an Internet company that hired three such cheerleaders, its programmers are mostly male and terrible at socializing, and the presence of these girls have greatly improved their job efficiency and motivation.