8 Minutes of Programming Advice From My 13-Year-Old Self

In 1999, Smash Mouth was topping the charts. Me?  I was a 13-year old script kiddie.  If you’ve never heard the term script kiddie before, here’s the formal definition: “A person who uses existing computer scripts or code to hack into computers, lacking the expertise to write their own.” I, like many current developers, got…

Ken Mazaika

29 Behaviors That Will Make You An Unstoppable Programmer

When it comes to programming, there is the notorious myth of the 10x developer.  It is said that a 10x developer accomplishes roughly 10 times as much as the other programmers on the team.  It’s quite a controversial topic and there are people on both sides of the issue. Some people propose the myth of the…

Ken Mazaika

The One Thing You Need To Do Before Launching Your Tech Startup

People learn software engineering for many different reasons. Some seek change. They want to transition into a new career they love. They want the opportunity to make a huge impact on a team of developers who are excited about building an awesome, problem-solving product. Other people want to start something themselves. They have aspirations of…

Ken Mazaika

How Challenging My Mentor Made Me A Better Programmer

In my first job as a developer I was a bit… irresponsible. I had the freedom to quickly cobble together code without completely thinking it through. I didn’t need to fully understand what I was doing before I moved on to the next thing. I was capable of building things out very quickly. But I…

Ken Mazaika

No. But…

If you’re learning to code, there’s always going to be more stuff for you to discover and understand. You’re not going to always know all the answers and that’s absolutely ok.  So how do you react in the scenario when an interviewer asks you the question… Do you have experience with [specific technology]? …when you don’t have…

Jake Abrams