Inspired by Rob Conery’s The Imposter’s Handbook, we take an introspective look at ourselves to find two weaknesses and one strength while Allen shows off his vocal prowess in song, Joe needs a list, and Michael is a dash.
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Two Weaknesses, One Strength
Assess your Knowledge
- Look at the StackOverflow Survey Results
- Try building something, writing, or teaching about your subject
- Read the Imposter’s Handbook, Listen to podcasts, go to meetups, etc, things that introduce new perspectives – diversify!
Build your Skills
- LinkedIn and Pluralsight have self assessments
- If it’s something measurable, establish a baseline!
- Code Wars, Code Fights, HackerRank, Interviewing.IO
- Find a friend!
- Ask for specific feedback (are my variable names clear, is my project screaming architecture?)
- Never been easier!
- Worst case scenario: assess yourself, but take it with a grain of salt
- Beware the Dunning Krueger effect
- Record yourself
- Modern UI development
- Machine Learning Trend
- Time Boxing / Non-Targeted Learning
- Academic / Big O / Algorithm Forgotten Knowledge
- Joe – Algorithms / Academic (Project Euler Problems Archives)
- Allen – Understanding and breaking down complex problems / Ability to learn how to solve the problems / Resourceful
- Michael – Attention to detail
- UI Development
“Successful software engineers are smart, but many have an insecurity that they aren’t smart enough.” – John Washam
Resources We Like
- The Imposter’s Handbook (bigmachine.io)
- How to pick up a new technology in minimal time (dev.to)
- Dreyfus model of skill acquisition (Wikipedia)
- Overview of learning styles (https://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/)
- The Technical Interview Cheat Sheet (GitHub)
- How to be a Programmer resources:
- Common gaps among programmers is a common question:
- How to get hired by Google:
Tip of the Week
- App Dev Diary – Listen to devs discuss their journey building a guitar practice app!
- Package Management in Visual Studio Team Services
- Microsoft has been sneaking in T-SQL enhancements like CREATE OR ALTER and DROP TABLE IF EXISTS