NDC Sydney (Aug 2016)

Ok so I normally would never post for a conference that is in the 4 figures – but this is something special for Australia:

http://ndcsydney.com/

Speakers include: Jon Skeet, Joe Albahari, Steve Sanderson, Scott Allen just to name a few.

Of course if you can’t make it – videos should be up after as always.

 

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More advice for University Students (newbie coders)

 

Another older but great article focussing on advice for young developers:

http://blog.codinghorror.com/learning-on-the-battlefield/

Here’s the key advice for students about to embark on a career in Software Engineering:

  • If you’re a student, seek out internships like your life depends on it. Some of the best programmers I’ve ever met have been college interns. Intern somewhere that you can absorb and learn as much as possible. You won’t make much money, but the experience will be priceless.  
  • Participate in local user groups. User groups are an unbeatable resource for people just starting out in their careers; they’re an excellent source of advice and mentorship.
  • Contribute to an open-source project. There are thousands, so pick whatever strikes your fancy. But pick one and really dig in, become an active contributor. Absolutely nothing is more practical than working collaboratively with software developers all over the globe, from all walks of life.
  • Publish articles. The cleverest code in the world won’t help you if you can’t clearly communicate how that code works, or what it’s for. Try your hand at writing.CodeProject is an excellent sandbox to practice in. Publish an article and the large, active CodeProject community will let you know how you’re doing with ratings and comments.  
  • Start a blog. Pick a writing schedule and stick with it; I recommend once a week at minimum. Select a general theme for your blog and write on topics related (at least tangentially) to that theme. And don’t be an echo chamber.

Source: blog.codinghorror.com (2007)

Advice for self taught programmers

This is a nice article focussing on self taught programmers.

http://blog.pluralsight.com/self-taught-developer-job-tips?utm_source=marketo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter_15_1202

What I really like the most is the focus on Craft a Portfolio – really like the advice the authors focusses on – this is not just useful for self taught programmers but all programmers should consider this.

A guide for university students…

I have the pleasure of working with some university students during a summer vacation program. It’s a great experience and their enthusiasm and drive is seriously impressive. For any current university students here is a great article by an absolute legend of the .net community:

http://ayende.com/blog/172609/what-i-wish-they-would-teach-in-universities

Here is a nice little quote:

“I’m talking about actually using a source control system to manage code, to review past work, to see the flow of changes, etc.

What about knowing how to debug? I’m talking about a bit more than F5 and F10. I’m talking about practical things like being able to debug a big system and understand how to work the debugger to give you what you want. Knowing how to look at the stack trace, or understand the difference between an exception that is thrown (and handled) and an unhandled exception.

What about actually solving real world problems? Like a project that has a double assembly reference because of a bad merge, and you need to be able to track it down and fix it.

What about actually reading code? Given a non trivial amount of code, figuring out what is going on and making changes there.”

Ayende Rahien, 2015.

Now if you are a student studying software engineering don’t be disheartened. It’s just that you’ve started a journey and one of the things most seasoned developers will say is “there are no shortcuts”