Do you believe in TDD?

09.07.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | Newsletter

TDD here, TDD there.


Single repo vs few vs many

06.07.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | Newsletter

We scratched topic yesterday, but I thought we could talk about that a bit further.


Readers question about cutting services

05.07.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | Newsletter

Reader Onno wrote in with some questions I’d like to discuss on the list (with permission of course).


Do we need to have a vision?

04.07.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | Newsletter

I was hosting a meetup yesterday and an interesting discussion came up about the lack of vision at German companies. In this particular case, we were mainly talking about hosting companies. They almost all missed the move to the cloud. Sure, they can offer a tiny bit of it and call it cloud hosting. But essentially, they lack know-how and humans. Now they are still standing on the rail platform and see the cloud train on the horizon. Wondering, if they should have taken the train.


Do you market yourself?

03.07.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | Newsletter

I bet you do not. As most devs don’t do it. I didn’t do it too. At least not intentionally and outside of projects.


What's your worst client experience?

02.07.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | Newsletter

I am preparing for a talk about mistakes clients do during software dev projects and I’d love to spice it up with some of your experiences.


What we can learn from team rocket

29.06.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | Newsletter

I’ve been watching Jessie, James, and Meowth failing for almost two years now with my daughter. It’s fun and both of us enjoy the show. I never really watched em when they first aired. Surprised me a bit. What surprised me, even more, is that they promote some great virtues along the show like never give up, teamwork, give your best and don’t be an arrogant asshole.


The framework rat race...

26.06.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | Newsletter

one of the favorite pet peeves of us developers. Learning is fun, so learning new frameworks is fun too. Or subjectively mandatory for getting a new job or better projects. Moving from one framework to another makes you feel better. You learn, you improve and eventually, you get a higher paycheck or a better rate if you freelance. It always seems that people using framework X or language Y get better paid.


Do as toddlers do and ask...

25.06.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | Newsletter

Kids already sue the most powerful question in the world pretty early on.


And a readers question about how to talk about business outcomes in enterprises

22.06.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | Newsletter

Reader Paul chimed in on yesterdays email and was wondering how one can talk business oriented in an enterprise environment. That’s a good question and a tough one.
If you work with smaller clients, the chance is higher that your work directly with the business owner or at least with someone involved in the business. Someone who cares. It is a totally different game in larger corporations. There is no single business owner anymore. There are multiple and their goals often do not align. And that goes along down the line to your dev position.