The Last Dev News Weekly: Where a newbie gives advice to newbies

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Dev News Weekly was designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

The thing about the software development field is that it’s fast moving, ever changing and now encompasses a wide array of skills, frameworks, languages and disciplines.

I often compare being a developer to being an author. Saying “I want to write code for a living” is a lot like saying “I want to be an author”, it doesn’t really narrow things down at all. If you’re an author you could write sci-fi, mysteries, biographies, historical fiction, “how-to” books, etc. If you’re a developer you could do web, mobile, wearable or PC development. Within each of those are thousands of options and combinations of languages, operating systems and frameworks to work with.

What I’m trying to say is, the thing about the software development field is that it’s fucking huge!

As a newbie to the profession, it’s important for me to realize that I cannot learn all the things right now. Spending my time reading about the newest tools to take advantage of the hottest frameworks within the most popular languages is not a good use of my time now. I just need to focus on my learning, so sadly I have to discontinue my Dev News Weekly posts.

10 Pieces of Advice from a Newbie Developer to Newbie Developers

  1. When you’re overwhelmed by all the frameworks and languages you want to try, just pick one and go with it to try it out. There’s no “right way” to find what you’re good at.
  2. Listen to experienced coders talk to each other. I do this by listening to podcasts like Ruby Rogues. It’s great to hear that experienced coders have some of the same issues you have.
  3. Don’t worry about doing it right. Don’t even worry about failing fast. Just try and then learn.
  4. Schedule time to write code (I need to follow this advice).
  5. Go meet developers in your area. They are mostly nice and mostly socially awkward too (I need to also follow this advice).
  6. You cannot learn all the things right now.
  7. Feel comfortable being uncomfortable. The unknown is your new home – via @DianeKerstein
  8. It’s almost always a typo and you can do it! – via @latazzajones
  9. Stick with it because it can be very overwhelming early on. – via @robertcyoung
  10. Start today. Stop reading about it and just start writing it. – via @brianllamar

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

twitter-logo-round-edgesMy pick this week is Twitter. You may have heard of it. It’s that site that lets you share what you had for lunch using 140 characters.

It’s also an outstanding way to connect with mentors, icons and other programming newbies. For example, when I got stuck on my advice list I asked for help on Twitter using the #codenewbie hashtag and was answered by other supportive developers and newbies. Give it a shot and follow me: @scottpantall.

Thank you for reading!

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Dev News Weekly #5: Where it’s mostly about mobile… and niceness

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Dev News Weekly is designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

I’m not usually one to quote Mother Teresa, but I like this quote a lot. I do have to admit to having ulterior motives with this newsletter though. If I keep this up, I’ll soon learn which technologies I am most interested in. You would think that would be an easy thing for me to figure out, but it’s surprisingly difficult.

Developer News

  • Where are the mobile dev payouts? In enterprise apps [InfoWorld]
  • Sprint partners with Google to sell apps for business [ReCode]
  • Can the Amazon Fire Phone take on iPhone and Samsung? [ReCode]
  • New Firefox 31 focuses on improving developer tools [VentureBeat]
  • Nvidia announces Shield Tablet, an Android device for hardcore gamers [ReCode]
  • Microsoft Open Tech brings support for more open-source projects to Azure [TechCrunch]
  • Cisco launches DevNet to woo software developers [eWeek]
  • Apple has paid $20 billion to iOS devs, half of it in the past year [TechCrunch]
  • For half, degrees In computing, math, Or stats lead to other jobs [Slashdot]
  • Tango luring developers to its platform with new $25 Million Global Games Fund [TechCrunch]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

Ruby Rogues logoThe Ruby Rogues podcast has quickly become one of my favorite programming podcasts! I started listening to it because I am teaching myself Ruby on Rails. This is not why you should listen to this podcast.

It’s a weekly podcast that spends most of the time talking about issues that ALL programmers have, regardless of the language you code in. It’s fun. You should give it a listen.

Thank you for reading!

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Dev News Weekly #4: Where there are 10 stories, no more, no less

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Dev News Weekly is designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

I have a hard and fast rule for myself when it comes to my Dev News Weekly and Colorado Tech Weekly posts: There will be 10 stories, no more, no less. 10 shall be the number of stories, and the number of stories shall be 10. 11 stories there shall not be, neither should there be 9, excepting that when there is one more to make 10.

This week was especially difficult to narrow all the stories down to 10. No wonder so many people narrow their blogs down to specific languages and frameworks. It’s a little mind-blowing to keep track of it all. I eventually ended up getting frustrated and picking stories that had the word “developer” in the headline. Speaking of frustrating, I realized that I haven’t written any code since I started this news letter. I see little green squares in my near future…and Monty Python.

Developer News

  • We don’t need new image formats: Mozilla works to build a better JPEG [ArsTechnica]
  • Employers use customized bonus plans to attract developers, survey says [ComputerWorld]
  • Apple and IBM want you to use an iPhone at work, please [ArsTechnica]
  • Google offers up a free crash course in Android development [TechCrunch]
  • Net neutrality comments flood FCC, crashing site as deadline extended [ReCode]
  • Microsoft seeks developer partners for mobile-first, cloud-first world [eWeek]
  • Microsoft merges developer resources for Windows Store and Windows Phone, adds 21 new payout markets [TheNextWeb]
  • Developers and Apple open up on new Swift programming language [ZDNet]
  • Amazon sets sights on snagging mobile developers [InfoWorld]
  • Microsoft slashing up to 18,000 jobs [DBJ]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

static.squarespace.comThe Application Developers Alliance is one of the first good, general sources I found for development. It is “a non-profit global membership organization that supports developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.” It’s geared a little more towards the developer as a business person crowd so if you wonder about ROI as much as you wonder about TDD, then this could be a good group for you.

Thank you for reading!

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Dev News Weekly #3: All the big names doing all the big things

Dev News Weekly is designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

Satya Nadella laid out his vision for Microsoft this week. I like “productivity and platform” over “software and services”. “Software and services” sounds like “stuff and junk” just without the cool alliteration. Apple showed transparency with Swift. Amazon showed off some new AWS services and Google released a cross-platform SDK! I feel like I’m cheating at SEO but this all really did happen this week.

Developer News

  • Apple opens up with a new blog about Swift, its new programming language [TechCrunch]
  • App developers gain resource hub, search engine to build the future [MediaPost]
  • Microsoft is a ‘productivity and platform company’ now, Nadella says [VentureBeat]
  • Software developers rank ALM tools as best to use [eWeek]
  • Game of Code: Checkio gamifies and crowdsources the task of programming [VentureBeat]
  • Apigee initiates global API challenge [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Python is now the most popular introductory teaching language at top U.S. universities [ACM]
  • Amazon courts mobile devs with a new suite of AWS services [VentureBeat]
  • Google Updates Android’s Play Games and Cross-Platform SDKs [ProgrammableWeb]
  • New Raspberry Pi “B+” uses less power, has more USB ports [ArsTechnica]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

My last 2 picks have been podcasts so I felt the need to change it up. This week my pick is codecademy.com. For too long I said “I want to be a developer” without having an answer to the question “What kind of developer?” Codecademy allowed me to try out a language without too much overhead, actually without any overhead! It’s all on their site. If you want to check out a new web programming language, give them a visit!

Thank you for reading!

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Dev News Weekly #2: Where typos break code and Microsoft does evreything

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Dev News Weekly is designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

Did you notice my typo in my headline? I bet you did. It was on purpose, I promise. This week, Google told us that the top reason code doesn’t compile is typos. Telling programmers that typos cause the most errors is like telling us that water is wet or the sun is bright. But I guess with having it proven, it’s nice to know I’m not alone. Speaking of proving things, how do you prove that water is wet anyway?

Developer News

  • Amazon launches its most affordable EC2 instances yet, but there’s a caveat [TechCrunch]
  • Why the growing API economy gives developers limitless opportunities [VentureBeat]
  • Microsoft chooses sides in battle for Internet of Things [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Accessory developers, meet iOS 8 [DoubleEncore]
  • Zend upgrade improves quality of PHP code [ProgrammableWeb]
  • IBM expects nanotube transistor computer chips ready soon after 2020 [MITTechnologyReview]
  • Google study: Typos are the top reason your code won’t compile [VentureBeat]
  • Microsoft, Perfecto Mobile enhance multi-platform device testing [eWeek]
  • Microsoft wants Visual Studio to be your one-stop cross-platform dev shop [ArsTechnica]
  • “HummingBoard” looks like a Raspberry Pi but packs in more power [ArsTechnica]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

CoderRadio_1760-Feb.-15-09.35Another one of my favorite podcasts is Coder Radio. It’s a weekly podcast recorded every Monday. Coder Radio is hosted by IT guy turned podcaster, Chris Fisher and co-hosted by independent software development president and coder, Michael Dominick so it provides a great contrast between ops and development.

It’s a more discussion-based show. They touch on the latest news, but spend more time discussing the topic of the show and spend a lot of time interacting with viewer/listener feedback. Another fun, infotainment show!

Thank you for reading!

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Dev News Weekly #1: Where Android and I both try something new

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Dev News Weekly is designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

I’m getting fairly comfortable with my primary newsletter, Colorado Tech Weekly. However, I started that newsletter for 2 reasons. Keep up with the Colorado tech community and keep up with the developer community. Since there is so much Colorado tech news, it has pushed aside the developer news, so I decided to try this on for size. Since I’m leaning towards web development, that’s where most of my news will probably point. I hope you like it!

Developer News

  • Rackspace announces Global Mobile App Challenge with $20,000 In prizes [AppDeveloperMagazine]
  • One Month raises $770K to teach all of the coding [TechCrunch]
  • Hacking the hacker school: How the bootcamp is being taken to scale outside the coding world [VentureBeat]
  • Bootstrap 3.2 highlights mobile features, adds browser bug tracking [InfoWorld]
  • Android L first take: Developers are excited, intrigued [InfoWorld]
  • Developers rejoice: Android innovation rules at Google I/O [InfoWorld]
  • Oracle Embraces JSON and RESTful APIs [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Study: 9K apps and 397M users show cost-per-install is the worst mobile user acquisition method [VentureBeat]
  • Eclipse Luna picks up Java 8, PHP, C/C++ support [InfoWorld]
  • Mozilla launches built-in HTML5 app development environment For Firefox [TechCrunch]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

DTNS-LogoThis week you should check out the Daily Tech News Show! It’s one of my favorite tech podcasts thanks to host, Tom Merritt’s enthusiasm. Each show is less than 60 minutes long and is available every weekday afternoon. It’s informative and fun. It’s infotainment for your ears… or your eyes if you watch the video version.

Thank you for reading!

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