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The lives of millions of people were changed in 2020, including mine. The landscape for programming jobs changed as well. Many companies that did not allow employees to work remotely had no choice but to start allowing employees to work from home. I’m talking about big companies like the Twitters and Facebooks of the world. Even the company I currently work for is allowing us to work from home, with no date in sight to come back to work in the office. I believe that many companies will not return to their offices because it does not make business sense…


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Embrace yourself to learn

Did you just turn 30, 40, maybe even 50? Does that mean that you are too late to start learning how to code? I don’t think so. For many of us, the year 2020 is a year that we will never forget. For me, it is a crucial year because this year I turned 40. If you just turned forty or older. If you also turned forty or older and want to become a developer, you might think you are too old to start your developer journey. Reaching a certain age brings on particular challenges, especially in your life, your…


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This is one of the popular questions that I get. If you are a software developer, you probably ask yourself the same question regardless of your skill level.

You would probably have heard about platforms like Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer. You might have also heard about the success stories from people using these platforms doing work for other people. Moreover, there is a chance you are looking for a job. You have been applying to get an entry level job as a developer, but you have not had any luck yet. So, you are stuck in the middle. Should you…


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Social Media

What is the Problem?

If you have been following the news for the last few years, many of the events, especially bad news, can be linked to the massive problem with misinformation or fake news in social media in general. Misinformation is not the problem I am referring to; the problem is how fake news can manipulate and influence people’s opinions and beliefs. I consider myself tech-savvy, and I still don’t entirely understand how some people still fall for fake stories, but maybe not everyone can tell the difference. If it’s on the internet, it must be true, right?

Attempts to Fix the Issue

Facebook, along with other social…


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Golden Gate Bridge Things are Created Twice

Twice?

If you think about it, whenever we want to accomplish something, we need first to make it happen in our minds first. After we have created or visualized our goals in our minds, we apply effort. It can be a significant effort or not; this will depend on what you want to make a reality. Think of the Golden Gate Bridge for a second; that structure was not always there. Out of need, to meet transportation needs in the area surrounding San Francisco, people visualized it (in their minds first). …


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I have always been a shy person, quiet, an introvert. I used to cringe when I heard recordings of my voice, and I could not look any stiffer in front of a camera; actually, I still might, but I didn’t let that hold me back. I want to share the experiences I’ve had in the last couple of months since I committed to growing my YouTube channel. I’m sure many of you felt or feel the same way while you are contemplating starting a YouTube channel.

Why

I am a software developer. I consider myself self-taught since I do not have…


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Pomodoro Technique

A little over a month ago (on 3/15/2020), I wrote an article (you can find it here) talking about how I would never work from home. A few days later, I got “slapped in the faced” by the world, and I was forced to work from home. The following is how I am making the best of it.

Communication

It is challenging to get the point across when you are in a conference call instead of meeting someone face-to-face. I think communication is more efficient when you can walk a couple of desks away and tell someone about an issue and…


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Being able to work remotely is very popular, and it is the best choice for many people who want to avoid a commute, but not for me. I do not think working remotely is the best option. Let me explain.

I recently become a lead developer, which I humbly consider a great accomplishment, but by no means to I think I am where I want to be in my career as a software developer/engineer. You might be asking yourself, what does this have to do with working remotely? Technology has advanced a lot, especially with conferencing software and other ways…


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Teken at the local Starbucks while I was working on mybiolink.co

Running @thedevlife on Instagram has exposed me to a lot of questions from software developers and engineers from different skill levels and experience. Using that information, along with my personal experiences in the industry, I have identified the two mistakes new developers make. If you are new to software development, this might be beneficial.

Waiting Too Long

When is a developer ready to start creating applications? That is one of the most popular questions I get. My answer to that question is “now.” Let me explain why. When I get that question from a developer, I take that question as…


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When we are doing our job at our workplace, when we have been doing it for a long time, we become good at it. We also become complacent, and we lose our ability to see better ways of doing our job. We become efficient at following the same process every day, and that could be scary. At the personal level this could look like an excellent thing for you, chances are it actually is, but at the company level, this could be counterproductive.

The competitors to the company you work for could be embracing change and maybe have developed processes…

Francisco Gaytan

Full stack software developer. I write about software development and productivity. I also share my thoughts about life https://mybiolink.co/chesco

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