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Best Practices: Change is all You Need

If you put ten engineers in a room and ask them about best practices, you’re probably going to get at least 20 opinions. If you ask them again six months or a year later, you’ll get a new set of 20 opinions, and there won’t be a whole lot of overlap. So herewith is the only best practice I’ve been able to stick with: It’s all going to change, so be ready. continue…

Trends

Software Engineering as a career is a juggernaut. In 2011, it was described as the best job in America by CNN, U.S. News and World Report and others. Why? High pay, good work environment and a whole lot of hiring. So where are all these software engineers going? What are they doing, and how do they get there? continue…

Job Hunting Tips for Engineers

You love being a software engineer and you’d like that to continue. There’s just one small problem: You need, or want, a new job. The good news is that the market for software engineers in the U.S. is pretty hot. Here some things to consider as you plan your strategy. continue…

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Amazon WorkMail Seeks Business Email Crown

Posted In Working in Tech
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As if it didn’t have enough going on already, Amazon has decided to plunge into the corporate-email game. Amazon’s cloud-based WorkMail boasts all the features that corporate email users expect, including public folders, distribution lists, calendar sharing, Out-of-Office messages, and more; it works with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and other popular browsers. Inboxes can store up to 50GB of messages and attachments, while individual messages can total up to 30MB. The platform costs $4 per month per seat, or $6 if… continue…

Should Employers Use Hackathons to Find Tech Pros?

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Pop quiz: What’s the best way for employers to find suitable tech pros? A.) Post a job, sort through resumes, and interview candidates. B.) Host a hackathon, and interview those individuals who do well at it. Staffup Weekend is a startup (“it might evolve into a nonprofit, a shareholder corporation, or even a benefit corporation,” its website helpfully offers) devoted to a variation on Option B. It works like this: An employer presents a small project, which candidates tackle in… continue…

Can You Trick Behavioral Assessments?

Posted In Looking in Tech
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As if phone screenings, multiple job interviews, and coding tests weren’t enough, a growing number of tech employers now use behavioral assessments to weed out job candidates early in the screening process. The tests might even come before an in-person interview or an assessment of someone’s project management experience. It’s certainly disheartening to get kicked out of the running by a computerized personality test, even before you show off your tech skills. But what can a candidate do to ace… continue…

Daily Tip: Think Like a Scientist

Posted In Living in Tech
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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…