Dev Storyteller

Thoughts of practical idealistic problem solver and software engineer, Mark Freedman.

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Self Taught

Scott H. Young is one of the wisest and most intelligent self-help writers I've read, and the fact that he just started college makes this even more impressive. It'll be interesting to follow his writing as he matures, and to see how he reacts as he experiences life...

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Using the Calendar to Focus

The ability to focus is one of the most powerful habits that a person can establish. The reason people try so hard to get organized with to-do lists, GTD, etc., is because of the inherent need to free themselves up to focus on something important to accomplish....

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Running a Code Camp – After the Event

In my previous two posts, I discussed guidelines for the preparation of running a code camp, and then I went through all the tasks for handling the actual day of the event. Here, I'll be discussing the things you should do after the event is done -- after you've given...

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Running a Code Camp – The Event

In my previous post, I discussed guidelines for preparing for the running of a code camp. If you're not out of breath yet, hang in there. This is where it all pays off. I'll then follow up with a post about the follow-up steps to be done after the event. Arrive Early...

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Running a Code Camp – Preparation

I've only been involved in running one code camp, but I think we learned a lot, and it went well enough to be able to recommend some guidelines. This first post will list my guidelines for the preparation steps. It assumes you're already involved in running a user...

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Code Camp was a Success — Whew!

Well, the big day has come and gone, and we survived. Not only did we survive, but I think we did pretty well. Our first code camp took place on Saturday, and I have to say, it was an amazing experience. You can't have a code camp without speakers, and we were...

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NY/NJ/CT Community Mixer

On Wednesday night, Microsoft held the first official "community mixer" event for the community leaders of the tri-state area, which was a great opportunity for all of us to meet face to face. We've been having monthly conference calls to keep abreast of all the...

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Don’t Forget to Think

Thinking hurts. Not thinking hurts more. When you're harried at work, do you tend to shoot from the hip when called upon to make a decision? No matter how confident and experienced we are in our abilities, it's too easy to make a huge mistake without some sort of...

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A Man, A Plan, A Canal: Panama

We all learned that phrase in elementary school when learning about palindromes, but this is taking on a new meaning for me. So many of us feel that we accomplish way too little from day to day. The majority of our accomplishments take place at work, likely because...

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Is Your Job Title Important?

Jeremy Miller is a Software Consultant, but really struggled when trying to decide what title to put down on a loan application. I'm sure they couldn't care less, for the most part. Maybe, just maybe they take it into account to make sure it jibes with salary info....

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The Go-To Person’s Conundrum

Are you one of the go-to people in your company? How do you like it? How long have you been one? When you first realized you were one, how did it make you feel? Did it give you a feeling of security? Did it boost your confidence and ego? Did it give you courage?...

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Business Value of Deep Understanding for Developers

Many software developers just "get by" at the companies they work at, knowing just enough about the business the company is in to do their jobs. This trait is more common amongst the lesser experienced, but like those immature kids we knew in high school --...

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Just Do It!

Every so often someone will create a simple blog post that whips you into shape. Thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Jeff Atwood, over at http://www.codinghorror.com, it's happened again. His recent post, triggered by the simple but straightforward ass-kicking post...

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