November of 2016 marked five years of my work at Liquid Analytics. On New Year’s Eve in 2011 I wrote: Breezing through your day at work is a recipe for stagnation. Any spare brain cycles you have at work should be spent on thinking about how to improve yourself and your project. The biggest lesson for me from 2011 is that change is good. Change … Continue reading Here is to a great 2017!
You don’t need to be a genius to find yourself in a situation where you are the smartest person in the room. This can be a result of your getting hired for a specific project requiring your specialized skill set that few other people have. This can also be because you are the last surviving original developer on some specialize module requiring a specialized skill … Continue reading The smartest person in the room
In a few weeks new college freshmen will begin their classes. Some of them will choose to pursue a degree in Computer Science. Over the course of the four years in college they will be surrounded by like minded people who are at least as smart as they are and are just as interested in computers. When they enter the job market they will compete … Continue reading What Every College Computer Science Freshman Should Know
Man’s wisdom is in what he writes, good sense at the end of his pen; and using his pen he can climb to the height of the scepter in the hand of his king — The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain Moses Ben Maimon (aka Maimonides) lived over 800 years ago. With his studies and writings he influenced … Continue reading On Maintaining Personal Brand as a Software Engineer
Techcrunch reports: If 17-year-old Google is at all worried that it’s losing its mojo, it should find some new data highly reassuring. According to a survey of 19,000 students across 340 universities around the world, Google is still their top choice when asked where they’d want to work. Their other top picks, in descending order: Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon … Continue reading Attracting STEM Graduates to Traditional Enterprise IT
When I was a freshman at Clarkson in 1996 there was a work-study program they called Student-Directed Computing Services. It was an effort to recruit students and get their help in wiring the campus for high speed Internet. It was thanks to that program that by the end of that year I had a real world paid experience in UNIX administration and networking. In the … Continue reading On apprenticeship