The Programming Language Skill Scale

Beginner Know nothing about it Know enough to successfully pretend to know it during lunch Know enough to be dangerous with it Know enough to be employed to be dangerous with it Intermediate Know enough to ask intelligent questions about it on stackoverflow.com Know enough to answer n00b homework questions about it on stackoverflow.com Know … Continue reading The Programming Language Skill Scale

5 signs that you should hire a programmer on the spot

Bringing a programmer in for an interview and a coding test can lead to some interesting experiences, both for the interviewer and the interviewee. Most end up with the hiring manager telling them that they'll "be in touch," but sometimes a candidate just nails it. That's when you consider extending a job offer before they … Continue reading 5 signs that you should hire a programmer on the spot

Web engineer looking for work? Start by rethinking your resume.

We're currently hiring web engineers to help build the next-generation of TimeTrade's online appointment scheduling system. Lots of resumes come my way, but 99% of them look exactly the same, following this format: Summary "I'm a web engineer looking for web engineering work". [No link to an online portfolio. No effort to craft the objective … Continue reading Web engineer looking for work? Start by rethinking your resume.

When Outlook Attacks

Most people have had to deal with awful user interfaces at some point. Cluttered, messy applications are everywhere from Windows to Mac, Android to iPhone. There are already plenty of examples online of terrible user interface design, but there is another problem which gets a lot less attention: unwelcome interruptions. Microsoft Outlook is possibly the … Continue reading When Outlook Attacks

How to phone-screen programmers and not go insane

Technical phone screens are hard to do right. Yet, they serve an important role. They are the primary filter that ensures you only bring in appropriate candidates to spend valuable hours meeting your team. If you don’t phone-screen correctly, you’ll end up bringing in some real timewasters who don’t even come close to having the … Continue reading How to phone-screen programmers and not go insane

URI construction: give it a REST

Picture the scene: you've just updated your product's REST API. You've added lots of new features, revamped the URI structure and you're excited for your clients to start using it. One of these two things will happen within the hour: Your support line will ring off the hook with angry customers screaming about how none … Continue reading URI construction: give it a REST