The alert() method available on the Window object for notifications and alerts in your apps is really not ideal for most situations. For one, it’s ugly and has no way to be customized. Thankfully, a popular library called SweetAlert 2 (sucessor to SweetAlert) … more
Modal notifications help make single page applications easier to use and understand. This VUE library has been upgraded and the new one has many features to make modal notifications easy to use without Bootstrap.
via Simple Modal Notifications in Vue.js with Vue-SweetAlert2 — JSFeeds
How can you stay motivated while learning to code? Studying web development is a path with many ups and downs. You might have one day where you figure out a tough problem and feel absolutely amazing. But then the very next day, you get stuck on a seemingly easy problem for hours. You end up feeling completely defeated. It’s often hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But when you’re in those tough, dark spots, try to find the motivation to hang in there.
Remind yourself of your ultimate goal in learning to code. Maybe it’s to get a better job, to provide for your family, or to find a more purposeful form of work.
Do a simple project for someone who needs it and is willing to work with you while you learn the issues your new skill. You may have to do the first one as a freebie to get some street cred as a developer.
Via: Lessons from 7 self-taught coders who now work full time as software developers
I don’t know a single software developer who hasn’t thought of starting a side project. I, myself, have had many different side projects throughout my career. Well, I should be more clear by saying that I started many side projects throughout my career. To be honest, most of them didn’t get finished. To be honest, most them didn’t…
“Always have a side project” is something I have told every developer who I have managed or mentored. “Make it kinda related to what we do” that way we get double the mileage out of it. I have a lot of dreams, those projects you get caught up in preparing for and never finish or worse yet never get started. I started a YouTube channel GeekMustHave as a side project with the goal of sharing experiences I’ve had with technology. This is a side project that is never done but still has mini dreams I turn into video goals.
Pick a side project that is just a little bit more than you know how to do. This way the amount of learning is possible in a short period of time. One goal that has been achieved helps to give you the commitment for the other side projects you’re considering.
This article reminded me how much of a “Starter” I am and less of a “Finisher”. It’s a great read for all developers.
via A Software Developer’s Guide to Side Projects — DZone Agile Zone
Progressive or not progressive… If you have been designing or developing web applications for a while, you would have probably came across the term Progressive Web application a tons of times, and will probably do so for the coming years. You probably wondered what exactly is the definition of… Link: Progressive Web apps recipes for […]
Progressive Web Applications, this is not a new term or idea. But, it has had a few different buzz words attached to it over time. This article is good at defining this, even it is from a Java focused site 😉 It also has some awesome infographics about the mobile share of the marketplace.
Less is more is my motto when talking about technology. If you use too many words, especially buzz words, to describe a technology you have failed in helping people learn about it.
- It a single web application
- It is NOT a mobile application (Apple Store/ Google Play)
- It works everywhere on anything
- Thay are designed for mobile devices first
- Loads fast, runs fast, reacts fast, it’s fast
- Can work offline or with shitty internet connections
- Can be “Installed” on home screen
- Looks like an “App”, behaves like an “App” but, it’s a web application
- It’s just a URL that can be shared
- Developed using some newer frameworks and development practices
via Progressive Web apps recipes for GWT — Techie.Buzz
“Backlog” is one of those SCRUMmy terms used to identify features or functions that have been dreamed up or discussed for an application. You collect these ideas into a list which is called the “Backlog”. Then this list is reviewed (Sprint Review) and the ideas are refined (Groomed) and an estimate of effort (Story Points) is assigned to it. Then folks get together and discuss which ones should be done in the next timeframe (Sprint). To collect these ideas some companies use an issue tracking system or an off the shelf ticket system (Atlassian JIRA) and others just use a spreadsheet… gasp.
Sometimes all you need is a simple web application that all the participants can use to enter any ANY of the ideas that came up. Even things like “The buttons should be colored blue.” I needed a simple project to help me learn some technologies that are new to me. Hence the “Backlogger” was born. The whiteboard above shows the original concept.
Technologies used in Backlogger
- Mongo without the headache, neDB
The design requirements were meant to be simple as possible to make this project something that could be done quickly. They also needed to be flexible to allow for better learning.
- Single Page Application
- Open Source
- No user logins, just a password, we are a big happy family
- Self-contained application, no need for outside services or servers
- Mongo database and Mongo queries
- Allow for a maintainable list of people names who contributed ideas to the backlog
- Allow for a maintainable list of functional areas to help groups the ideas
- One time entry of an idea, no editing,
- The editing of an idea will be done during the grooming
- Filters that help find ideas quickly
- Ability to backup and wipe the database (Mongo Documents)
- Simple report that can be printed directly
GeekMustHave would like to thank Phoenix Learning Labs for the resources and funding to do this project. GeekMustHave would also like to thank the MDHHS-DWIP team for the testing and feedback.
Open source, common components
What does it look like?
Backlogger is an Open Source project available on Github.
I’ve used “Backlogger” in one project so far but others who have seen it have expressed some interest in it. That’s another reason why it’s Open Source.
Depending on the feedback I might do additional updates. Maybe I need a “Backlogger” for the “Backlogger”?
In a lot of my Scrum training sessions, I show this great video of a talk given by Daniel Pink, the author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates People. Pink explains there are three intrinsic drivers for motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. I think the roles in Scrum all nicely help in stimulating these drivers. Here’s how: Autonomy…
The SCRUM Master helps the team become self-organizing by letting them have a hand in deciding what needs to be done and then leaving them alone to do it. Devs are the craftsman, and it’s not money as the primary motivator, it’s mastering their skills and learning.
via How Scrum Motivates People — DZone Agile Zone
Being brave is about doing what is necessary, even when you are afraid. The single most important thing in agile is to inspect and dare to change things which aren’t working. You can start with small experiments to find solutions, and if it turns they do not work, then you can stop them. By Ben…
One of the quotes I love from this article is
Being brave is not about removing fear or not being afraid – it is about doing what is necessary even when you are afraid.
It is true being a developer is being a craftsman. It’s a learn-code-adapt-repeat cycle, not just a code-repeat cycle.
via Courage to Become Agile — InfoQ
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I have been asked this question, many times, “Aren’t web designers and web developers the same thing?” Currently ing a web designer and formally a web developer, I can safely say, No! This article from DZones Amaya Farkiya does a better job than I at explaining the difference.