Microservices Are NOT The Solution To Your Problems

01.02.2018 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning

Microservices are not the holy grail of software development as many devs and managers see them. They don’t solve all your problems at once, not even the tech ones. Yet, they follow a fad blindly again. Yesterday it was Agile and SOA, today it’s still microservices and cloud. Instead of solutions, many find themselves facing new problems; worse problems.

How I learn

27.11.2017 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning

I published in a recent newsletter how I learn. Today, it’s moving from the secret labs to the open space.

Change is Inevitable - Do you Adapt or Go Extinct?

06.11.2017 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning

I recently stumbled upon a cartoon which made that really visually - it is a bit harsh but pretty accurate.

leaves change

Review: Python Hunting Book

28.07.2017 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | python | pygame

I recently stumbled up on a book about game programming with PyGame for beginners. Even I am not the target audience it did catch my attention and my desire to play a bit again with game development and Python. And I had a fantastic time so far :-)

Why You Should Think Twice Before Even Considering Polyglot Microservices

22.07.2017 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning

Microservices can be a good solution for a particular problem. But, sometimes they are not a good fit. One of the aspects involved is that developers praise the benefit that you can develop every service in your landscape in a perfectly fitting tech stack for a given problem. Honestly, this can become your worst nightmare, so I will cover why you should think twice about this before going that route.

How Minimalism can Help You to Bootstrap Your Own Business

28.06.2017 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning

It’s been now a few months that I quit my job and went on doing my own business. It’s tough so and totally different than being an employee. But, that’s not the topic for today. Today, I’ll show you what helped me the most with starting and going on my journey.

3 Learning Mistakes Developers Make

14.06.2017 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning

Learning can be fun or hard or maybe both. For me, it’s often a mix of both. I developed my own learning style over many, many years. It usually works well for me and I pick up new topics, be it a new programming paradigm, language or business stuff, pretty straight forward. However, when I tried to learn some basic Japanese last year, I forgot everything and made some common mistakes again.

Should I learn Spring or Spring Boot is the Wrong Question

01.06.2017 by Jens in Spring Boot | Learning | Developers Life

There exists a lot of confusion about Spring Boot and its relationship to the Spring Framework. Some of that lead to questions like “Should I learn Spring Boot rather than the Spring Framework” or “Do I need to know Spring before I can start with Spring Boot?”.

Do you learn with video courses?

10.05.2017 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning

While researching alternatives to publishing books for programming related topics, I noticed that video courses get more and more common as the medium. I started wondering if works for coding related topics.

Ultimate Resources for Freelance Developers

20.04.2017 by Jens in Developers Life | Learning | resource tip

It all started a few years ago that I felt stuck in my career as a software developer. For years I’ve been following the typical way of learning and dabbling with new technologies, mainly in my spare time or on occasion on the day job. Tech was fun, and I always love learning new things. However, when I felt stuck I realized that my previous ways did bring me so far, but they do not take me any further. It doesn’t matter if you’re an employee, freelancer or owning a small agency. At some point, there’s a glass ceiling for money and the kind of work you do.