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I lost faith in the industry, burned out, but the cult of the tool saved me

Perfect code *.NET *C# *IT career F# *
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I often rail at technologies I find inadequate, and in response I receive (along with arguments) sheer anger and pain. Sometimes physical.

Developers take critique of their favorite technologies very personally for some reason. This “cult of the tool” is such a strange phenomenon I can’t explain it logically. Some say everyone’s prone to it, because a coder’s thinking processes intertwine very deeply with his programming language. Some say it’s a junior’s fallacy — you write something for the first time, it works, and you start treating your language like something divine.

Whatever it is, I never understood it.

I always considered cultists as imbeciles. But I always try to understand why imbeciles became them, why I’ve avoided that fate. I start thinking and bam! — it turned out I’m also an imbecile. I’m a cultist who worships F#. And, of course, there’s a story behind it.
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Total votes 28: ↑26 and ↓2 +24
Views 35K
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I ruin developers’ lives with my code reviews and I'm sorry

Personnel Management *IT career
Translation


Once upon a time there was a guy on my team so weak that he was going to be fired (a developer! Fired!). Every comment of mine was another nail in his coffin. I could almost hear the bang of the hammer every time I clicked “Submit review”. He was a nice person and I almost felt bad for him, but it didn’t stop me from tearing his work to shreds. I had an inalienable right to criticize his work, right? I’m a better developer, therefore I’m right. No one wants to say that bad code is good, right? He was eventually fired, not before leaving him without the customary bonus for a couple months.

I said to myself: “I’m not going to do his work, right? He was taking the place of a more talented developer. I did everything right”. But then I received another pull request for a review, and something changed. Drastically.
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Total votes 40: ↑37 and ↓3 +34
Views 229K
Comments 21

The Game of Archetypes: How Storytelling Works for Tech Brands

vscextv corporate blog Project management *Content-marketing Media management *Branding
How’s your work week going? I took some time off publishing new articles and consulting clients to look at «The Hero and the Outlaw» by Carol Pearson and Margaret Mark. It’s a guide to leveraging the power of archetypes for your brand, and I think there’s much to learn from it.

Archetypes are properly defined as «universal constructs of the human psyche». In layman’s terms, these are images we all recognise because they’re built into our subconscious mind. One such example is the archetype of the hero  —  a good guy who triumphs over evil and saves the day.

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Total votes 22: ↑21 and ↓1 +20
Views 965
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On higher education, programmers and blue-collar job

GTD *Studying in IT IT career


“Sometimes it happens that a man’s circle of horizon becomes smaller and smaller, and as the radius approaches zero it concentrates on one point. And then that becomes his point of view.”

David Hilbert
“When I thought I had hit rock bottom, someone knocked from below.”

Stanisław Jerzy Lec

Preface


Does a programmer need a higher education? The flow of opinions on this undoubtedly urgent topic has not dried up, so I have decided to express my view. It seems to me the general disappointment in education is due to the numerous processes and changes in the profession and it needs serious study. Below I will discuss the most common misconceptions, myths, and underlying causes of the phenomenon.
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Total votes 23: ↑22 and ↓1 +21
Views 8.8K
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Scaling a Tech Newsletter to 700k Subscribers in 300 Cities: the History of Techstars Startup Digest

vscextv corporate blog Content-marketing Start-up development Branding History of IT
Entrepreneurs are constantly looking for new tools and possibilities to develop their businesses and enrich their knowledge. One of the ways of doing this is visiting themed events — meeting colleagues in real life, exchanging experiences, and communicating with potential investors.

In fact, there are thousands of tech-focused events taking place annually. The important thing is to pick the best, most useful and easily accessible ones to optimize your time and expenses.

Techstars Startup Digest solves this problem by sending its subscribers an email newsletter with a curated list of relevant and reasonably priced events for entrepreneurs. Currently, Startup Digest consists of more than 700 curators, is approaching 700K subscriptions, and is available in more than 300 cities all around the world. Today, I’d like to share its history, how the founders came up with the idea, what it looked like in the initial stages, and what it’s going through right now.

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Total votes 23: ↑21 and ↓2 +19
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Feature requests and Product requirements

Product Management *
You can always count product manager’s strategy skills like innovative thinking, blue ocean approach and others. But on daily basis we use more practical tools and approaches. This article is about working with feature requests and product requirements.

The main axiom of managing requests is that feature requests from customers, partners and internal teams are not requirements to the product. This is because every request can be split into several requirements or, otherwise, several requests can be combined to a single requirement.
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Total votes 12: ↑11 and ↓1 +10
Views 865
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Teaching kids to program

Programming *Game development *Studying in IT DIY
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Hi. My name is Michael Kapelko. I've been developing software professionally for more than 10 years. Recent years were dedicated to iOS. I develop games and game development tools in my spare time.


Overview


Today I want to share my experience of teaching kids to program. I'm going to discuss the following topics:


  • organization of the learning process
  • learning plan
  • memory game
  • development tools
  • lessons
  • results and plans
Total votes 20: ↑19 and ↓1 +18
Views 2K
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Time management in real life

GTD *Lifehacks for geeks
Tutorial

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Have you ever noticed that you were busy all day, however, you've done nothing or at X-mas evening you experience an epiphany that nothing was done during the year? If your answer is "yes", you should improve your time management skills. According to Wikipedia, time management is the process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. Nevertheless, how can we deal with it?

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Total votes 19: ↑18 and ↓1 +17
Views 3.9K
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PVS-Studio ROI

PVS-Studio corporate blog Development Management *Product Management *

PVS-Studio ROI

Occasionally, we're asked a question, what monetary value the company will receive from using PVS-Studio. We decided to draw up a response in the form of an article and provide tables, which will show how the analyzer can be useful. We cannot prove absolute accuracy of all calculations in the article, but we suppose the reader will agree with our thoughts, and it will help to make a decision in the matter of getting the license.
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Total votes 33: ↑32 and ↓1 +31
Views 933
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How to learn English

GTD *Learning languages
Tutorial

One one hand I don't want to be the final authority, but on the other hand, I'd like to share my point of view on how to learn English. The English language is not secret knowledge; it is just a lot of hard training. One of the most important bullets is constantly improving English. You should do it from day to day if you want to approach result. It must not loathe torture for you, It means that you should find out something interesting in that process.

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Total votes 17: ↑16 and ↓1 +15
Views 12K
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How Brands Can Break Through the Tech Media Bubble

vscextv corporate blog Project management *Community management *Internet marketing Content-marketing
Good luck getting people to read your branded tech story. Now, before you get mad, I’m sure you’ve got something great to share. I’m sure you found an exciting new solution to some sort of problem. All you want is for others to be as excited about it as you are. Sadly, the odds are not in your favour.

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Total votes 23: ↑22 and ↓1 +21
Views 1K
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Starting point

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For a point of reference in the economy for a long time understood «the Wealth of Nations» by Adam Smith. In modern science, this point was transformed into GDP — Gross Domestic Product.

On the other hand, the benchmark in monetarism (Milton Friedman) and the Austrian School of Economics (Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises, Friedrich August von Hayek) is freedom. Economic and political freedom.

The third fashionable point at present is the concept of “The Happy Planet Index”.

Thus, there is no single point of reference.

Nevertheless, this point is easy enough to detect if you understand the basic principles of building a modern post-industrial democratic society. If you understand what is common in these models. Where is their common starting point.

The modern economic system, as well as the modern democratic system, were not created for themselves. They are made for people. And that means not a person for the state, but a state for a person. Laws are not to limit human freedoms, but to ensure respect for the rights and freedoms of each person, laws to increase the happiness and wealth of a person. Not GDP, but the wealth of each individual.

States are made up of people. No people — no state. Poor people are a poor state.

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Wealth, happiness, human freedom — is the area of respect for his rights.

Thus, a common unifying point in economic and political reasoning and theories is in the field of human rights.
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Total votes 20: ↑18 and ↓2 +16
Views 835
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The Cake is a Lie

Abnormal programming *Studying in IT

Have you ever thought — How to explain programming to the one never faced it before? It could be a problem, as long a new one will not understand you.


So, let's imagine — you have a friend, who is not soiled by computer science, never tried to automate something, never played factorio, never written a single line of code.


So, let's imagine a normal human being.


And let's call him Bill. He is not very good in Maths, just “not good”, but he loves candies!



Your task is to teach Bill some basic(or magic) IT things, you are doing every day. The simplest ones.
So what shall you do first? Basically — FEED HIM!

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Total votes 17: ↑15 and ↓2 +13
Views 2.2K
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Product manager’s mastery. Feature requests

Product Management *
Sandbox
It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced product manager or took charge of a product recently you always be thinking about a large list of customers’ requests. What you should do first. How you should process them.

Feature prioritization is based on multiple principles. Basic are aligning to company vision, product strategy, and customer profile. For example, if you’re targeted to small businesses or home offices doing SAP integration request shouldn’t be in your first place.

But what share feature requests take in a product backlog? An answer like “it is full of customers' requests” isn’t correct. It seems strange but true.

If you’re not happy to read long texts the advice is “you should not give attention to customers' requests if your product is mature”.
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Total votes 15: ↑14 and ↓1 +13
Views 1.1K
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How to test your own OS distribution

Configuring Linux *IT systems testing *Development Management *DevOps *

intro


Russian version


Let's imagine that you are developing software and hardware appliance. The appliance consists of custom OS distributive, upscale servers, a lot of business logic, as a result, it has to use real hardware. If you release broken appliance, your users will not be happy. How to do stable releases?


I'd like to share my story how we dealt with it.

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Total votes 17: ↑15 and ↓2 +13
Views 1.5K
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My experience of advertising and development of Android and iOS application

Programming *Development for iOS *Development for Android *Mobile applications monetization *Start-up development


Let me share an interesting experience in promotion of a mobile game.

1. Introduction


I am going to describe all the benefits and of course show the final results. The example will be the mobile game Quick Brain which is available for Android и iOS. Quick Brain Android was released the first that's why its possibilities differ considerably from iOS version.

I have been always kept by the thoughts that everyone's talking about high returns in contrast with Android. I just couldn't resist such attractive prospects and started more active refinement of iOS version in order to feel less embarrassed about it.

After Google play iOS has become an absolutely new field for the games for me. During my comparative experiment I've found out that iOS version can bring comparable earnings to Android with daily audience 3 to 10 times less depending on the country.
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Total votes 24: ↑23 and ↓1 +22
Views 3.6K
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Full-stack developers are in fact stuck at mid-level. Spare yourself from suffering – don’t go down that path

Personnel Management *IT career
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Back in those times when I just started learning how to code, I trusted the old wise weasels with their “Programming languages don’t matter” mantra. I grew obsessed with the idea of some day becoming a developer who can do just anything. That guy who transfers his experience from one technology to another and transcends the minutia. But that idea failed miserably.

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Total votes 28: ↑24 and ↓4 +20
Views 20K
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$10 million in investments and Wozniak's praise — creating an educational computer for children

IT-emigration Development for Raspberry Pi *DIY Games and game consoles Interview
We interviewed Mark Pavluykovskiy — the creator of the Piper educational computer. We asked him about immigrating from Ukraine to the US, how he almost died in Africa, graduated from Princeton, dropped out of a doctorate in Oxford and created a product that deserved a praise from Satia Nadella and Steve Wozniak.



In mid-October the Sistema_VC venture capital fund hosted a conference called Machine Teaching, where creators of various educational startups assembled to talk about technical advancements.

The special guest was Mark Pavluykosvkiy, the creator of Piper. His company created an educational computer — a children’s toy that, using wires, circuit boards and Minecraft teaches programming and engineering to children. A couple of years ago Mark completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, got a couple of Silicon Valley investors on board and raised around $11 million dollars in investments. Now he’s a member of Forbes’ “30 under 30” list, while his project is used by Satia Nadella and Steve Wozniak, among others.

Mark himself is a former Princeton and Oxford student. He was born in Ukraine, but moved to the US with his mother when he was a child. In various interviews Mark claimed that he doesn’t consider himself a genius, but simply someone who got very lucky. A lot of other people aren’t so lucky, however, and he considers it unfair. Driven by this notion, during his junior year he flew to Africa, where he almost died.
Total votes 28: ↑27 and ↓1 +26
Views 1.8K
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Startups’ mistakes and pitfalls at patenting their IP

Patenting *
Translation
Most startups are created by devotees who don’t really want to know about protecting their intellectual property. Often, this leads to unfortunate consequences. Here, I would like to give an overview of the most common errors — and how to avoid them.

Nuts and bolts


Patent is a document of title to:
• the exclusive right to,
• authorship and
• priority of an —
invention,
— utility model, or
— industrial design.
Invention, in its essence, is a technical solution expressed in the combination of essential features — that are sufficient for achieving the technical result.
Essential features are those affecting the achievability of the technical result — or, in other words, are in a cause-and-effect relation with the result.
Technical result is a trait of the technical effect, event, property, etc. that effectively appear in the exercise of the method, or in the production or use of the product, including in the use of the product produced directly by the method, of invention.
Patent claim defines the scope of protection of the patent, as it comprises the combination of essential features — that are sufficient for achieving the technical result.

Error 1 — The lack of protection


Peter created an ingenious algorithm; there are no known analogues to that whatsoever. He fiercely codes a prototype and begins the commercialisation in Russia. He puts up a website, uploads a demo, does some exhibitions. Gains momentum and taps into the US market. And here we go…

No protection — no entry
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Total votes 17: ↑16 and ↓1 +15
Views 1.4K
Comments 9