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13 2 / 2014

13 2 / 2014

I’m testing out medium, so here’s a post I wrote there.

07 2 / 2014

Note to self: try not to give advice; instead, speak from prior experience, letting others draw their own conclusions on how to best proceed

06 2 / 2014

It’s never been a better time to be a software engineer in Silicon Valley.  If you’re going out for your first “real world” software development job, here are the main things I hope you’ll come in *already* having a decent handle on:

- MVC (Model–view–controller paradigm)
- DOM Manipulation (Perhaps with JQuery)
- How HTML Templating Frameworks operate (you could do worse than using Mustache)
- Client-Side vs Server-Side frameworks (example: AngularJS with NodeJS)
- RESTful Routing (Rails has them built-in)
- How CSS Frameworks operate (e.g. Bootstrap)
- SQL Table & Index Design (how would you optimize an SQL query to be faster?)
- ORM (Sequelize for NodeJS seems to be well-documented)
- Page Caching & Partial Caching (Rails still has an amazing caching layer)
- Git or Mercurial Source Code Management (just put your project on GitHub already!)
- TDD (Test Driven Development, and CasperJS is pretty good)
- Documentation formatting (like JSDoc).
- OAuth (implement signin with google, twitter, or facebook)

The best way to show me you have a decent handle on them, is to make an open source app that’s available on GitHub and deployed on Heroku – all for free!