Making software for a living in ... Northern Africa

Making software for a living in ... Northern Africa

TL;DR The entry threshold in software development industry gets lower & lower - it's a great opportunity for so-called developing countries to spur the "close-the-gap" efforts towards more advanced ones. Some approach it more naively (ehhh, India ...), some approach it smarter - I had a chance to take a peek into how it's done in Tunisia, perceived as the most open & progressive Arabic country. My general impression is that Tunisian software developers have strong enough foundation to be competitive / cooperate as equal (depends on whether you see them as competition or associates) with their European / American…

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Boiling Frogs - about lowering your standards to mediocrity

Boiling Frogs - about lowering your standards to mediocrity

TL;DR Poor (in terms of engineering culture standards) work environment doesn't just impact negatively the end products (quality, fit-for-purpose), development process (effectiveness, efficiency) & people morale - it can also deteriorate their skills, attititudes, long-term motivations. One with high standards is not likely to welcome happily the sudden, significant drop, but we fool ourselves by justifying short-term "compromises" that slowly (but cumulatively) lower our baselines, effectively turning us into much more inferior engineers over longer period of time. If you were to describe an archetypical engineer with just one adjective (that depicts the most desired/characteristic trait…

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Developers who don't ask WHY

Developers who don't ask WHY

TL;DR Over the next few years we'll likely see another big shift in software developement industry -> basic app building knowledge will commoditize & another generation of smaller & bigger development centers will pop up. This model is highly inefficient & in majority of cases results in creating crap, but market is unforgiving - demand is just too high, just too crazy. That will be a huge shock for massess of devs who currently rule the market, but are too complacent, too satiated, too happy with just following 1 framework after another & mindlessly accepting concept work of…

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Badgers gonna badge: AWS Certified SAA

Badgers gonna badge: AWS Certified SAA

TL;DR AWS has one of the best professional certification programs in IT world - clear & well-defined paths, high difficulty level, practical questions that validate truly applicable knowledge. I've just (successfully) completed the first level of CSA (Certified Solution Architect) certification myself & below you can find few paragraphs on how was it & what did I do to prepare myself. In the end, it was time (& money) well spent, but also just the first step for much more valuable, higher prize. Passing exames & obtaining various kinds of "badges" (certifications) is clearly one of my…

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