Archive for the ‘Career’ Category

Don’t Ask the Client for the Answer

Monday, November 21st, 2011

When reading the title of this article you may immediately think that it seems obvious. You’re the commissioned expert, why would you be asking the client how to do your job? That’s precisely the point; I’m giving you the answer and not the problem. When given a solution the natural tendency is to take the easy way and simply… implement it. But what is the problem you’re addressing? And is that the right solution? Will it work? How would you even know? So maybe, it’s not so obvious. In fact I would argue that being provided the solution is much more common than being told the problem.
Bailing Water
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HTML5 is Dead

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

html5 is dead
You read that right. One day after the W3C’s earth-shaking announcement to brand HTML5 with a new logo… The WHATWG announces that HTML5 will no longer exist. Hey, Ian Hickson says that the WHATWG works closely with the W3C — but now I have to wonder. (more…)

Presentation: How to get a Job as a Front End Developer

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I’m posting my presentation from last month’s meeting on how to get a job in the industry. This was a very thought-out presentation, as I felt a need to answer several questions that gets asked of me often – the most predominant of which was “How do I get started?”. This is not a tutorial on how to learn JavaScript, but more of a step by step process in what you should learn and where, and how you would then apply that knowledge to a career or even just side work.

  • Skills and subsets needed to be hirable
  • How and where to learn FED Skills
  • Job search preparation
  • Where to find job openings
  • How to write a resume
  • How to be a good interview

Much of this information applies to other fields as well (though if you’re not interested in Ajax, I’m not sure that you are reading this blog!). How to write a resume in particular has some insights that I’m guessing, based on some of the resumes that I’ve seen, may be of value to a lot of people.

View the presentation.

Video: Career Development Tips

Friday, September 10th, 2010

At our last meeting, we had the honor of having a guest speaker give a presentation on Business and Career Development Tips for AJAX Programmers.
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