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Matt Frost:
Avoiding Burnout
July 28, 2014 @ 09:59:32

Matt Frost (one of the two hosts on the Loosely Coupled podcast) has a new post to his site about some of his own experiences and advice around avoiding burnout.

Writing software is an incredibly gratifying profession; the idea that you can take a problem and find creative solutions through the use of technology is what drives a lot of us forward. What happens though when the drive is gone? What happens when that nifty little side project, training course, blog post or book goes from being nifty to being a drudgery? I came to this point a number of months ago and stayed there for a while, having now come out of this funk there are some things I learned that I'd like to share.

He talks about some of his own trouble with burnout, the project he was involved in and what it taught him about dealing with it (and life in general). He gives some sensible advice including "don't sit at your desk all day" and "prioritize things". The advice is simple and to the point - avoiding burnout is something only you can do for yourself. Waiting for things to "just get better" isn't going to work.

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Link: http://shortwhitebaldguy.com/blog/2014/07/avoiding-burnout

Adam Culp:
Developer Anxiety, we're not alone
May 23, 2014 @ 09:39:07

In his latest post Adam Culp discusses something that developers are all to aware of, whether they will admit it openly or not, is a feeling of anxiety around problems they have, both personal and work/development related.

Yesterday I was approached by a developer, apprentice, friend, and sometimes mentor, who was having some personal issues. I consider this person to be very strong, and capable of great things. [...] During the conversation it was revealed how they're experiencing HUGE anxiety, complete with panic attacks, and are even consulting a physician who prescribed medication for it. [...It's a] common misconception is that anxiety is caused by the stress of the moment, which is simply not true. [...] For each of us the cause is slightly different, because we each struggle with our own problems and OCDs.

Adam shares some of the common stressors developers can feel around their work and life including not being "busy enough" at work, wanting to contribute but not knowing where to start and loud or open work spaces. He includes a few bits of advice on these things, some from his own experience including how to say "no" to deadlines, talking and sharing with others and doing some kind physical activity. Be sure to check out the comments for thoughts and ideas from other members of the community too.

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Link: http://www.geekyboy.com/archives/880

Brandon Savage's Blog:
Why Tracking Bugs In Personal Projects Matters
December 09, 2009 @ 12:52:40

Often times developers only think about tracking the bugs in the code for their "real jobs" and don't worry about issues that might pop up in their personal projects. Brandon Savage suggests that they should both be important and that not tracking bugs on your personal projects can be a bad thing for the quality of your code.

Too often, it seems like these development practices are abandoned, especially with regards to the use of a bug tracker. I know I have personally been guilty of failing to use a bug tracker, even though I use things like Subversion and develop specifications. It's easy to forget, but important to remember.

He lists five reasons why you should use a bug tracker for your personal development:

  • Our minds are imperfect repositories of information.
  • Bad development practices can form.
  • It makes it harder to force ourselves to use bug trackers for private paying clients.
  • Predicting time to completion becomes more difficult.
  • Seeing progress being made is that much more difficult.
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Zend Developer Zone:
Move That Bus!
August 31, 2009 @ 11:25:19

There's nothing more telling about the quality of a conference than a personal experience and the Zend Developer Zone has posted one from Jason Austin and Garrison Locke about the ZendCon conference they attended back in 2006 and some of their experiences there.

One day when browsing around the internet Jason came across a posting about the 2006 Zend Conference being held in November. It was billed as "the premiere PHP conference." We asked our manager if there was any way we could attend. If we were going to be "real" PHP developers, we felt like we needed to be at this event '" it was the definitive place to be if you were in the PHP world.

They talk about the reality check they got when attending the conference - learning things they'd never heard of before ("fantastic and intensely frightening") in talks like Matthew Weier O'Phinney and Mike Naberenzy's "Best Practices for PHP Development" session.

The article's a good read for anyone considering attending a conference, either ZendCon or any others through out the year.

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PHPFour.com:
Becoming a Kick-ass PHP ninja
October 02, 2008 @ 07:57:24

New from the PHPFour website, there's this post with a few tips to help you become a "kick-ass PHP ninja" in your development.

You've been developing web applications using PHP for a couple months now and are finding it very enjoyable. Although you feel that you're doing quite good, you're not sure whether its the end. [...] If that's the scenario, then this post if for YOU.

Its broken up into two methods to move forward in your career as a developer - the technical way and the personal way. The technical way involves things like using version control and adhering to a coding standard. The personal way includes tips like "keep yourself updated" and "start community involvement".

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Andi Gutmans' Blog:
Launched andigutmans.com
May 05, 2008 @ 12:01:26

Andi Gutmans of Zend has posted about the next step in his personal growth on the internet - a personal site/blog of his own over at andigutmans.com.

For years I've wanted to run a personal Web site but never found the time to do it. A couple of weeks ago a few Zenders and I started leasing a dedicated server which gave us each a bit more hosting flexibility. Once we got the machine up and running I decided it was finally time to actually launch my own personal Web site.

He lists the technologies he's using including the Zend Framework, the Zend_Gdata component and the Zend_Cache (for local caching of his blog feeds from Blogger).

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Hannes Magnusson's Blog:
8 reasons why you should *not* write for the php.net manual
October 15, 2007 @ 07:58:00

Starting off the week on a light note, Hannes Magnusson has posted a few reasons why *not* to write for the PHP.net manual.

His tongue-in-cheek list includes:

  • You get a free pass to conferences by converting your work into presentation
  • You get a "trading card" and considered a star
  • You can flame the documentations without needing to do anything about it
  • You can license your work to forbid any commercial use or further improvements

Hannes also responds in a later comment to the post:

More and more people are thinking about themselves and publish their work on their blog or sell it. There isn't anything wrong with that, but its very annoying that user need to search for information on blogs, commercial websites or magazines rather than the manual.
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Michael Kimsal's Blog:
Generate random test data
August 16, 2007 @ 13:34:44

Michael Kimsal points out a small utility to create information he found himself needing over and over - information that looks like, but is not, personal details.

I put together a small utility to generate random user data several months back. I realized yesterday that I hadn't released the source code - I thought I had. This generates plausible names, addresses, phone numbers and social security numbers. The phone number area codes don't generally match up with the address, but the addresses are accurate in that the city/state/zip all match. The addresses are currently US-based only. The code will also generate SQL statements for you to insert directly in to your database if selected.

You can download the PHP code for yourself or just use his copy to generate some sample information when you need it.

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Jim Plush's Blog:
The Zend Encoder Fiasco Part Deux - The Personal Attack
January 27, 2006 @ 12:49:20

In a previous post, Jim Plusha follow-up post and some surprising results.

This story just keeps getting better. Some of you may recall I posted a story a few weeks back when to my SHOCK I found that websites were offering to decoded Zend Encoded files for $5. There were literally 10+ sites I found in a simple search. I emailed all my Zend contacts right away to find out what the status of this is. No reply.

Here comes the good part... Zend's Chief Marketing Officer Mark de Visser had the balls to say that I was just as bad as the people who were able to reverse engineer the zend encoding by showing people the websites.

Jim also notes that several of the links to the sites were found in Zend's own forums (which, apparently, have been removed), and includes links to screenshots of their site...

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Chris Shiflett's Blog:
2005 Highlights
January 13, 2006 @ 06:45:52

Chris Shiflett has posted this new item on his blog today with his look back at his year in 2005 - both personal and community related.

In the tradition of my 2003 and 2004 highlights, I'm posting my personal highlights of 2005. As in years past, this is mainly for my own benefit. I hope everyone has a wonderful 2006.

Some of the more memorable things on his list include:

Overall, a great year...he also includes some of the things that he'd like to do in the next year as well (speak at fewer conferences, contribute more to open source, etc).

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