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Hi, I'm Gregory Brown. My goal is to help software developers get better at what they do, whether they've been at it for five weeks or fifty years. (he/him)

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What is an irrational belief you hold about software development?

For automated testing, it really depends. I think it starts...

What is an irrational belief you hold about software development?

Something to try... Rather than looking for the big, transf...

What is an irrational belief you hold about software development?

I feel the same way about Agile-as-practiced in most places...

What is an irrational belief you hold about software development?

The book Thinking, Fast and Slow permanently broke certain ...

What is an irrational belief you hold about software development?

For me, one thing I believe but have no direct evidence for...

Need help finding your next code project? Start here.

Great ideas here Lara. Thanks! One thing I like to do afte...

Explain "memory" like I'm five

It's a big sheet of paper with a number on each line. You ...

What aspects of software development will you still be excited about ten years from now?

Good point! This is indeed very much a discipline of life-l...

What aspects of software development will you still be excited about ten years from now?

Thanks for the very thoughtful reply! I've only worked rem...

What aspects of software development will you still be excited about ten years from now?

One thing that I've always enjoyed which I don't expect to ...

How to Embed CodePens into your dev.to posts - It's easy.

Nice!

How do you manage your time between Projects?

I recommend over the next year trying to double your rates ...

How do you manage your time between Projects?

Can you provide a little more context on the kind of enviro...

What was your win this week?

I finally found a searchable select box plugin for Vue that...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

The book To Sell Is Human is really good on this topic. Anot...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

Absolutely. There's no limit to how much investment is wort...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

These books might help: One small step could change your ...

What stands in the way of learning the things you really want to learn?

This may help! dev.to/practicingdev/a-dozen-ways-...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

Doing meal prep in batches on days where you are less busy,...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

That is exactly the problem this particular client is worki...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

This is a very real and often underestimated challenge! On...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

Since the start of this year, I've been taking the approach o...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

I still struggle with this at times, but realized a good am...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

Any luck asking for 1-2 work from home days per week? Beyo...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

Carving out slack time in the schedule is the most helpful ...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

How good is your documentation? Are there well-structured tra...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

Absolutely. Usually I like to flip this question around and ...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

Sleep is super important, and so many healthy and unhealthy...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

Ah yes, I've had to do my share of planning out work for ot...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

Ah, yeah! For me, walking while listening to audio books o...

What is the most challenging part of your daily work that doesn't involve coding?

I run a tiny web development shop that I occasionally work al...

What's the best documentation you have ever read?

As you mentioned, Vue is pretty great. And many libraries f...

Long article, or many small ones. What do you prefer?

It seems like if in doubt, small is better simply because i...

Long article, or many small ones. What do you prefer?

The ideal article size is whatever happens to fit your chos...

What are some common falsehoods about working as a software developer?

This is a post about what common falsehoods exist among sof...

What are some common falsehoods about working as a software developer?

Well, experience certainly helps. But the speed at which w...

What are some common falsehoods about working as a software developer?

The most obvious one but still worth mentioning: That the j...

You timetravel to when you were a kid, and past-you wants to learn to code. How would present-you teach them?

Given that I've got kids who are now just getting intereste...

How to be a super-effective remote developer?

All of this! But most of all, setting predictable office h...

What software development tools (libraries/frameworks/apps/whatever) make you feel most anxious while you're working with them?

Lately I have been anxious whenever I install a new version...

Are we pretentious and arrogant?

It often feels to me like there is a world in which toxic i...

What was your win this week?

For a while now I've been helping a client of mine build ou...

Jan. 24, 2020: What did you learn this week?

About changing the theme of a whole page, I mostly assume t...

Welcome Thread - v57

A big part of why I run my own business is to have the flex...

Jan. 24, 2020: What did you learn this week?

I learned that Tailwind CSS exists, and that it's fairly ea...

Welcome Thread - v57

Welcome! Developing your career while having young kids to...

Stop Interrupting Me.

Got it, thanks for clarifying. And I appreciate you counte...

Stop Interrupting Me.

The frustration comes through loud and clear in your post, ...

Write your first Google Apps Script with just a few Lines of JavaScript

Hi Stu, This is a nice, practical walkthrough of a real pr...

What software development tools (libraries/frameworks/apps/whatever) make you feel relaxed while you're working with them?

For me, in recent months, it's been Vue.js. Although once i...

3 Things That'll Help You Learn Any New (Programming) Language

Really good advice here! I have been coding for quite a wh...

To blog, or not to blog? What should a girl do?

Although there are plenty of ways to free up time, you stil...

To blog, or not to blog? What should a girl do?

My best guess is that for most jobs which would involve wri...

How to navigate learning to code online

This is an excellent post, thanks so much for writing it. ...

To blog, or not to blog? What should a girl do?

It's worth noting that if your goal is to get into develope...

Fear of asking questions? What mindset should you have?

Hi Ken, First of all, supportive environments for beginner...

What long-held belief have you eventually changed your mind about after learning from experience?

Early in my career, I treated every decision I needed to ma...

What long-held belief have you eventually changed your mind about after learning from experience?

Really good point about the need to establish context befor...

I made a portfolio! Feedbacks are welcome

As Robin mentioned, it'd be good to slow down the transiti...

What stands in the way of learning the things you really want to learn?

I understand the feeling. Sometimes it's easier to start wi...

Success and Work Relation

Hard work may be a precondition for success but that does n...

Jan. 17, 2020: What did you learn this week?

I learned that Pico-8 is a whole lot of fun! It lets you bu...

What was your win this week?

Keep at it, there is no limit to how much these kinds of ch...

What was your win this week?

For a while I have been helping a company write up design d...

Completing tickets - How long should it take? as a junior dev!

As a junior developer, you're going to have quite a bit of ...

6 new habits I’m building to level up as a junior developer

Excellent post, thank you for writing it! One thing worth ...

Favorite Vue Plugins?

I like BootstrapVue a lot. It doesn't just map Bootstrap f...

3rd party libraries, are they a risk?

On the one hand, yes external libraries are a risk vector, es...

What stands in the way of learning the things you really want to learn?

For a while I was using a tool I had built myself for routi...

What stands in the way of learning the things you really want to learn?

Si! Y puedes cambiar problemas grandes en problemas pequeña...

What stands in the way of learning the things you really want to learn?

Although the emotional context is different, for several ye...

What stands in the way of learning the things you really want to learn?

Do you get holiday and summer breaks from school? If so, a...

Fellow freelancers, is any of you successful at estimates?

For the most part I don't do estimates at any level of gran...

What stands in the way of learning the things you really want to learn?

Ah, yeah! I know that a lot of games use Lua for the higher...

What stands in the way of learning the things you really want to learn?

Ah yeah, we definitely could all use more hours in the day. ...

What stands in the way of learning the things you really want to learn?

Got it, that makes it challenging. I wonder if there is so...

What stands in the way of learning the things you really want to learn?

Is there an opportunity to make a clear case for Python in ...

Welcome Thread - v55

Hi, it seems like you'd have some great opportunities at th...

Welcome Thread - v55

Hi, I'm Gregory Brown. I'm super-interested in learning, t...

What are your strategies for remembering information in your role?

Having a very systematic yet very easy to execute on approa...

Will you write code after you retire? How will your relationship with our craft change?

Occasionally I get interested in coding for the sake of cod...

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