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How to Grow In Your Career

This is a great thread on Twitter from Jim Burger, a long time software developer. The thread is a distillation of how he keeps a passion for learning across decades. I think it’s a good list of items, seven of them in … Continue reading

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Job Interviews: What is Normalization?

This is part of a series that looks at interview questions that you might be asked. One of the cornerstones of a relational database is normalization. This is a database design technique that is used to decide how we might … Continue reading

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Understanding Your Value

Many of us work for some organization and get paid to do so. We might work for ourselves or others, but every so often we hope to get some renumeration for our efforts. For most of us, we negotiated some … Continue reading

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Back From Vacation and Ready To Go

It’s been a good holiday for me. I had a week’s vacation with just my wife, a nice holiday with kids, and a relaxing week where I’m trying to get a few things done. I’ve been away from my home … Continue reading

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Making Choices

I wrote about shutting down some travel for the foreseeable future. Its been a long couple of years for me. If you look at my speaking schedule, I’ve presented at an average of 20+ events for the last few years. This year … Continue reading

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Pluralsight is Amazing

I used to work for a digital learning company early in the modern Internet. We were ahead of our time and struggled to sell online learning at the turn of the millennium. Bandwidth limitations held back video courses from widescale … Continue reading

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Hit Refresh

I read Satya Nadella’s Hit Refresh recently, and it was a very enjoyable book. He’s had an interesting journey and I do think he’s dramatically transformed Microsoft. The book is recommended. Anyway, the Microsoft MVP Program asked is MVPs would … Continue reading

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Certifying Schools

We’ve debated the value of schools in technology careers plenty of times on this site. I have been torn on the value of schools, and I tend to go back and forth as to whether I’d recommend them for many … Continue reading

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Practice Until You Don’t Get It Wrong

I wrote recently about a bad first day for an intern. He/she was fired, without cause in my opinion, when a production database was damaged while following a document for developer setup. The situation felt like a mistake, and one that … Continue reading

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The Pressure to Perform

I’ve worked as a technical person for most of career. I’ve often been responsible for building or managing systems, and ensuring they operated according to some set of requirements. If things didn’t work, I’d have to fix them, but often … Continue reading

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