Quit "playing with". It's the goals, that drive us.

Quit "playing with". It's the goals, that drive us.

August 2015 Me: Hey dude, how's it going? Whatcha doin'? Dude: Playing with Docker, cool stuff. Sniffing around, trying to figure out things. December 2015 Me: Hey dude, how are things? Doin' anything interesting lately? Dude: Playing with Docker, neat thing. Hard to grasp, but very promising. April 2016 Me: Hey dude, what's up? Cooking something up? Dude: Playing with Docker, truly impressive plaything. Amazing potential & seems getting mature. August 2016 Me: Hey dude, long time no see. What are you up to these days? Dude: Playing with Docker, amazing tech with steep learning curve. Evolves so swiftly, I…

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Proudly breaking things since 2001

Proudly breaking things since 2001

The Formula IMHO tech skills are 10% talent + 20% engineering common-sense + 20% theoretical knowledge + 50% practical experience. If I've under-estimated any of these, it's most likely (still) the practical experience. Needless to say - it's not ANY practical experience. Going through tutorials on every possible topic is still something, but to actually learn & improve, you have to challenge yourself: to learn something new on regular basis ... solve more & more difficult problems ... keeping in mind that difficulty has different aspects & dimensions (scalability, performance, maintainability, versatility, ...) Learning all this on your own may be fun, but ... learning scales well…

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How to spend you training budget (if you have some) weasely, ... erhm, I mean 'wisely'

You all know how this business is alike: if you’re not learning, you’re getting out of the game quickly - knowledge that is more than 3 years old is pretty much worthless. That’s why you should use every possible opportunity to invest in your self-development: fortunately many companies understand that pretty well already. This blog post is just a collection of hints - these are the rules I follow personally. Enjoy and feel free to comment: If your current employer doesn’t have anything like a training budget (or an equivalent) - make…

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