There's More Than One Way to Become a Developer

I’ve come across a lot of discussion lately about the best path to becoming a developer. Unfortunately, often this is focused on disparaging one path over another. For instance, I’ve seen comments that bootcamps are a waste of time and money and I’ve seen similar talk about obtaining a CS degree from a university. …

Some Things You May Have Missed in the Stack Overflow Developer Survey (2019 Edition)

With over 90,000 responses, the Stack Overflow Developer Survey is the largest survey targeting the developer community. This doesn’t mean the results are perfectly reflective of the developer community (something, StackOverflow themselves acknowledge), but they are a useful metric to gauge certain aspects of the community - from changes to the make up of the community itself to interests and job focus. …

A Fresh Look at Netlify CMS (Part 1)

When I wrote the chapter on “Adding a CMS” for the O’Reilly static sites book, which is now two years old, I had the opportunity to check out a brand new project called Netlify CMS. It was so new that when I’d reviewed it to write the chapter, it was not even public yet. …

14 of My Favorite Developer Blog Posts in 2018

There was truly so much great content in 2018, it was hard to limit this list (thus why I ended up with 14 in a post originally intended for 10). In reviewing articles for this, some themes stuck out. 2018 was a year when developers seemed to focus on things like performance, making the transition to mobile (and specifically this was the year of the PWA) and, finally, making the often difficult choices about which technologies to focus on (especially when faced with so many options). …

Is Today the Best Time to be a Developer? No...but We're Getting Better.

I have been a developer for over 20 years. Over the course of those 20+ years, I have often heard statements along the lines of “there’s never been a better time to be a developer” or “now is the best time to be a [technology name here] developer.” But, let’s be honest, this wasn’t always accurate. Or, perhaps like the article touting that “there’s never been a better time to be a Blackberry developer” from 2009, it was accurate for all the wrong reasons (as in, things deteriorated relatively quickly thereafter). …