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Daily Tip: Think Like a Scientist

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How often do you receive productivity tips from one of history’s legendary scientists? Over at LifeHacker, there’s an interesting rundown of the advice that Carl Sagan offered over the years for squeezing the most out of your efforts. As befitting an analytical thinker, one of the top points is diversifying your knowledge base: Maintaining a curiosity in subjects outside your field of mastery can pay off by enlarging your skill set and boosting your overall knowledge. Maintaining a scientist’s mindset… continue…

In the Mobile App Market, Few Get Mega-Rich

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Apple paid out $10 billion to third-party developers last year, industry analyst Horace Dediu wrote in a much-circulated blog posting this month. Combined with Apple’s cut of developer revenues, that’s more than Hollywood earned from the U.S. box office in 2014 (according to Dediu). Whatever the comparison, it’s clear that the app market is huge, and rapidly growing as the years pass. But as Charles Perry pointed out on the corporate blog of app-builder Metakite Software, those developer revenues aren’t… continue…

3 Tips for Reopening a Salary Negotiation

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Your search succeeded: You found the right job, accepted the salary proposal and agreed on a start date. And then… another company makes you a better offer. While some people might tell you the better deal always wins, you’re actually in a delicate position. The manager who hired you has stopped interviewing candidates, and is certainly planning for the day you’ll start work. If you back out of your commitment, there’s every chance that others in the IT world (and… continue…

Next Up for Oculus Rift: Movies

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For years, developers and early adopters have talked at length about Oculus Rift’s ability to immerse users in virtual-world games and even business applications. Now Oculus VR, the Facebook subsidiary that builds the Oculus Rift headset, is working on yet another angle: VR movies. The idea certainly makes sense, especially as virtual worlds become more realistic. The new Oculus Story Studio has already produced a five-minute film, “Lost,” directed by Pixar veteran Saschka Unseld. Story Studio must not only demonstrate… continue…

What Makes a Great Software Developer?

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What does it take to become a great—or even just a good—software developer? According to developer Michael O. Church’s posting on Quora (later posted on LifeHacker), developers who want to compete in a highly competitive industry should be unafraid to learn on the job; manage their careers aggressively; recognize under- and over-performance (and avoid both); know the politics of software development (which he refers to as “CS666”); avoid fighting other people’s battles; and physically exercise as often as possible. Click… continue…

Daily Tip: In Job Interviews, Know Your Audience

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If you’re applying for a highly technical role with a prospective employer, and you reach the interview stage, make sure you prepare adequately, and that you know your audience. If it’s a first-round interview with an HR staffer who doesn’t know the innermost workings of your field, resist the urge to launch into long descriptions full of technical detail; instead, aim for clarity and a good description of how your actions (positively) affected the business. But if you’re interviewing with… continue…

Stanford Will Teach You Apple’s Swift for Free

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Interested in building iOS apps with Apple’s new(ish) Swift programming language? Want to learn Swift for free? Stanford University’s School of Engineering now offers a set of lectures (available on iTunes) on Swift, covering everything from user-interface design and animation to networking and performance considerations. But this isn’t a beginners’ series: Prerequisites include C language and object-oriented programming experience “exceeding Programming Abstractions level” as well as “completion of Programming Paradigms.” (Fortunately, Programming Abstractions and Programming Paradigms are likewise available from… continue…