Five Signs You Should Be a Low-Code Developer

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By Johan den Haan The demand for custom software has never been higher. There is an app for managing nearly every aspect of our lives, personally and professionally, and the enterprise is particularly hungry for more. Yet CIOs are painfully aware that the demand far exceeds their current ability to deliver. A recent poll of more than 500 IT chiefs found that application development is among the top skill set shortages anticipated in 2015. Because of this, there is… continue…

VR Presents Potential UX Issues for Designers

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Over the years, software UX has evolved in ways instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever used a PC or tablet. A great many applications and operating systems feature bars along the top or bottom, loaded with icons or interactive menus. Lots of software also features dynamic left and right rails, similarly thick with clickable elements. The point of this design is to leave the center of the screen free for whatever actions the user wants to take, and it’s worked… continue…

Always Come to the Job Interview With Questions

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There are lots of ways to mess up a job interview: Badmouthing a former employer or colleagues, getting excessively personal, arguing with the people in HR, and inflating your skill set. But a true killer is not having any questions for the interviewer. Asking questions about the company and particulars of the position shows you’re interested in the job, and that you did some research beforehand. That being said, some interviewees make the classic mistake of asking pointed questions about… continue…

Tech Pros Need Business Skills, Too

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Check out the latest job ads for software engineers, mobile developers, and data visualization experts, and you’re more likely than ever to find employers asking for candidates with a strong understanding of business operations in addition to the latest programming and coding skills. If you’ve spent your career siloed off in the IT department, eyes glued to a keyboard, you might wonder how someone’s supposed to intuitively know how to figure out budgetary constraints, sales initiatives, and brand identity. Good… continue…

A Bechdel Test for Tech?

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In order for a movie or television show to pass the Bechdel Test (named after cartoonist and MacArthur genius Alison Bechdel), it must do three things: Feature two female characters Have those two characters talk to one another Have those characters talk to one another about something other than a man A lot of movies and shows don’t pass. How would programming culture fare if subjected to a similar test? One tech firm, 18F, decided to find out after seeing… continue…

See How Google, ‘Minecraft,’ Others Got Their Start

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Everybody had to start somewhere—even tech luminaries whose websites and platforms have radically altered how we live and work. dug up some early postings by Google CEO Larry Page, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Linux creator Linus Torvalds, all asking for help on their respective projects. Those tiny undertakings eventually snowballed into gargantuan efforts, something that none of the three could have predicted at the time. (The possible exception is Bezos, who refers to his nascent startup as having… continue…

For Developers, Startups Could Equal Big Salaries

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Conventional wisdom suggests that, if you want to make truly big money as a developer or programmer, you should head to the biggest possible firm. On the surface, such advice makes sense: Who has deeper pockets than Google or Apple, after all? While those big firms might provide job security and some very nice perks (who has a better cafeteria than Google?), they’re not the only ones with money: Startups are shelling out quite a bit for tech talent, recognizing… continue…

Interview Tips for QA Engineers

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As always, QA engineers are in demand across industries. Entry-level technologists can expect salaries of $59,000 on average; after several years of experience, that pay can increase to $80,000 and even beyond. No matter how white-hot the segment, though, you still need to ace the interviews to get the job. Here are things that can make that happen: Hard Skills Understanding the job description and role ahead of time is crucial for success. Seems like an obvious statement, no? Except… continue…

How to Outwit Excessive Job Requirements

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Many in the tech industry believe that employers often want too much from candidates, publishing job descriptions that even super-qualified pros find excessive and unreasonable. There’s really no good justification for overwritten “specs,” but their continuing appearance on job boards and recruiters’ desks means that any tech professional who wants a job needs to find a way to deal with them. In situations where the bar is set too high, here are some concrete steps you can take to get… continue…

Building Your Tech Skills Without Quitting Your Job

Whatever your current position, continuing to grow your technical skills is crucial to landing your dream job over the next few years. But very few of us have jobs that afford the extracurricular time necessary to master the latest skills and trends. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to learn new skills while keeping your day job. Here are just a few of the best ways to make that happen. Be Clear This might sound overly simplistic, but knowing exactly… continue…