Dev Storyteller

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

Education Articles

JIT Learning

When I first entered the field of software development, in order to become a so-called expert, we needed to learn a handful of technologies. It was challenging, but it was doable. This is no longer possible. Today, we need to be able to apply JIT (just-in-time)...

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Re-Education Action Plan – Learning Process

In my last post, I continued my saga about the re-education of a software developer by introducing the technologies I’m looking to (re)introduce myself to.  In this post, I’ll talk a bit about how I learn.  Everyone learns differently, so “your mileage may...

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Re-Education Action Plan – The Lessons

In my last post, I wrote about my next life phase, which is mainly a return to my former self – software developer.  In order to get back in sync, I need to develop an action plan.  Thankfully, I’ve kept a very close eye on the stack I’m most familiar with (the...

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The Re-Education of a Software Developer

I’m in the process of re-directing my career back to hands-on development. This is the start of not only one of the most exciting phases I’ve ever embarked upon, but it’s also one of the most gut-wrenching and sometimes paralyzing. I’ve been in software development...

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Code Camp NYC 4 (2010) Recap

Wow. What a day. It’s taken me almost two weeks to write about it. I’ve now been involved in five code camps, and these are the highlights of my year. I’m so grateful that I was asked to be a key contributor in organizing the NYC event. And I’m doubly grateful that my...

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NYC Code Camp 4

Ready for another code camp?  Well, we can never have too much free learning (what we in the tech field call “fun”), so reserve Saturday, March 6, 2010 to attend the 4th (somewhat) annual NYC Code Camp, from 8:00 AM until 6:30 PM! It will take place at the...

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Running a Code Camp – Preparation (2009 Update)

This post is dedicated to my father, who passed away on 12/5/2009. He was a wonderful father and husband. He made friends with everyone he met. He taught me so much, and always had faith in me. I miss him terribly. I love you dad. You're in a much better place now. I...

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Fairfield / Westchester .NET Code Camp 2009

The Fairfield / Westchester User Groups are proud to present our 3rd Annual Fairfield / Westchester Code Camp! As in the past, this event will be held at the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus. We will once again hold 24 sessions (75 minutes each) across 4...

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Observations of a Speaker Idol Event

Update: I've updated some of the points below, based on some of the comments I received, including points about when to answer questions, the appropriateness of jokes, and following through after the presentation. Last night, I attended a terrific Speaker Idol event...

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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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