As I browsed Google career portal today, out of 2932 job postings, only 197 had “hands-on experience” in the job description.
That’s barely 6%.
Does it mean hands-on experience no longer matters? Quite the contrary. It’s not mentioned, because it’s given. It’s inferred. It’s an implied requirement that gets tested during the grueling interview rounds. Beyond that, it rules the Agile sprint boards.
Without hands-on experience, the software world is lame.
I have heard stories about several young and strong soldiers abandoning nicely paying military jobs, simply because they could not withstand the physical training.
Hands-on experience holds a similar…
When Facebook was new, my friends often insisted I come onto it. I resisted. I was inherently reluctant to post my life events on any social network, just for the sake of it.
As Facebook became more mainstream, I observed a lot of valuable information, and communities began to solely exist there. This was the start of what would someday end as FOMO. I quickly signed up, put up the bare minimum profile, and sent Join requests to the groups I was passionate about, without posting anything on it.
Fast forward to today: Almost every 3rd human being on Facebook…
Any software product is prone to bugs. In today’s times, responsive customer support for software products is the key differentiator to any software company.
Obviously, customer care does everything possible in weeding out sales + billing issues. But the few remnants end up in the tech lead’s queue. Those tickets decide the fate of the company.
In this article, we try to list out steps about how a tech lead could effectively allocate work within the team, and make their lives a bit more comfortable.
Every software team is made with people from different nationalities, races, genders, and backgrounds. …
FAAMG — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google — are lifelong dreams for every developer. Added to the periphery are some more tech giants: Netflix, Uber, Lyft, and so on.
An average developer invests an inordinate amount of time and energy in getting into FAAMG and its ilk. And that’s not all. There is a high degree of emotional investment too. This factor easily infects the family and friends of FAAMG aspirants.
If you get into one of the most coveted companies of our time, great. Life is a celebration. …
Creativity is the holy grail of the world powered by the internet. Everyone is chasing flow state. Everyone admires creative professionals like they are from another planet, or born with a quill in their mouths. Motivational influencers sell habits that are guaranteed to crack the creativity code.
That reminds me of an incident I read about music prodigy.
One day, a young Composer asked Mozart: “I am thinking of writing a symphony. How should I get started?”
Mozart said: “A symphony is a very complex musical form and you are still young. …
Two decades ago, I went through the loneliest phase of my life.
Physically, nothing was wrong. I was promoted in my tech career. I was earning more in a peaceful American town. Barnes and Noble’s bookshop was within walkable distance. I was experimenting with my newfound passion for self-help writing.
This was the life I had yearned for years, and finally, I had it.
But I was growing lonely. My first & only self-published book had bombed, partly due to my lack of industry research and mostly due to poor writing I immediately loathed past publishing it.
My family held…
Brian Acton, the founder of WhatsApp, was looking for a job in 2009. Despite his gleaming experience at Yahoo and Apple, no one wanted to hire him. Don’t forget: this was the time after the 2008 financial crash.
In the list of companies that turned him down, Twitter came first. Then, there was Facebook.
The rest is history. Teaming up with Jan Kuom, Acton went on to create the next generation messenger app that ended up being acquired by Facebook for a whopping $19 Billion.
Everyone isn’t Brian when it comes to programming interviews, or creating the next awesome software.
Some time ago, I came across a super popular TED YouTube video about the Good Country index that established Ireland as the best country.
That got me thinking “how does one measure this in terms of programming languages?”
When I thought deeper, I got more confused. The parameters that establish a country’s greatness cannot be applied to a programming language, for two reasons:
Teaching coding for kids is the latest millennial obsession.
Since around 2016 when President Obama announced his $4B funding plan to teach kids coding in school, the edTech is booming with teach-kids-to-code-early startups.
In 2020, Byju, the world’s 2nd most valuable edTech company based in India, acquired White Hat Junior for $300M — all-cash transaction. White Hat Junior is an instructor-based coding education platform.
Out of the topmost valuable edTech companies (as of April 2020), many have their coding schools already set up.
The fad is growing at an unprecedented pace. And it’s not all good.
They are. That’s precisely…