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My overwhelming desire to join the club of ones and zeroes

My older brother was an obscenely smart kid. He and Mum would sit at the table discussing politics, economics, ethics until I would leap from my chair and sing them a song. I used this spontaneous performance technique to disguise my lack of any real understanding. As an adult, this strategy hasn’t served me as...


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How Digital Agencies Around the World Manage Their Projects

It doesn’t matter where you are, running a web agency has its challenges. You have to get your name out there, conduct needs analysis for clients, provide customer support, check that your entire team is working well, and make sure that you keep these balls in the air all at the same time. With a...


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How to take a risk

Risk is probably not something you’re looking for more of, but it could be just what you need. Risks, after all, can sometimes pay great dividends. Plus, taking risks can be exciting. It opens us up to new possibilities and the potential for huge rewards (if the risk is big enough). Taking risks can lead...


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You Don’t Have to be a Genius to be a Programmer

I remember coming home from a long day of coding a few years ago. I was living with a friend from high school and his girlfriend was over for dinner. When she asked how my day was, I explained it was long and exhausting. Her response was: “Well, at least it’s not hard work. Your...


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A Letter to Every Developer

You make stuff, because that’s what you do. You have a creative mind and you like bringing your ideas to life. It doesn’t really matter what I say, because you’ll keep making stuff regardless. Stuff that you think is cool, or that solves a problem, or that simply scratches an itch you have for a...


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Debunking The Myths About The Programmer’s Brain

The brain is fascinating. It’s complex and powerful, and despite the best efforts of neuroscientists, so much of it is still unknown. Too often, folk neuroscience or simply brain-related words are used to sell us products or ideas without any real basis. This is how we get far-reaching myths about our brains and how they...


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Ignore what EA is telling you about Sim City – the real issue is ownership

Even if a giant, flaming ball of space elephant doo-doo fell from high orbit directly into the board room at Electronic Arts and exploded in a firestorm of excrement, there would still be no justice for the poor, dumb bastards who handed over a wad of their hard-earned for the latest release of Sim City....


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If you’re a freelancer, it’s about time you tricked your brain

Whether you’re working from home or a temporary office, after everyone’s asleep or at the crack of dawn, freelancing brings with it unique challenges. Being your own boss means it’s up to you to make sure you focus on the task at hand and get the work done on time. I used to think that...


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You will make a better product if you ignore user feedback (sometimes)

In a recent office discussion about users and what they want, I was surprised by this comment from our work experience student: “There’s nothing worse than having to wait.” It seems an obvious sentiment now, but my initial reaction was shock. Are users really this impatient? I wondered. Image credit Later that same day I...