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Comment on The Dark Side of Javascript Fatigue by Ryan Chapin

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:46:26 +0000

This has nothing to do with the fundamentals of JavaScript, the diversity of JavaScript frameworks, or the perceived lack of focus or stability in said frameworks. When I see an application that has that many different frameworks used for any language it is an indication of a lack of solid, technical leadership. The inability to choose a viable framework, jumping to the newest thing that comes out without any thought as to how it will impact the wider application architecture, and the inability to decouple specific implementations from core business logic are the reasons for situations like this. There isn't anything wrong with JavaScript as a language. Moreover, the diversity of various frameworks (good or bad) is an indication of a healthy JavaScript development community.

Comment on The Dark Side of Javascript Fatigue by Paul

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:40:54 +0000

Pu-leease.... It's "a phenomenon". "Phenomena" is plural

Comment on Books -> Digital -> Subscriptions by Neil Anuskiewicz

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:10:17 +0000

So true, I've noticed my physical bookshelf has become rather sparse, yet I read far more now that I can read books on demand.

Comment on Books -> Digital -> Subscriptions by Amandeep Singh

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:14:25 +0000

The way Digital has taken books, gaming and music by a storm - it would be insane to imaging how we used to live without our smartphones and digital devices... Thanks Ed for introducing me to pragprog - I hadn't heard of it before...

Comment on Why Isn’t Remote Work Common in the Bay Area? by Mark

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 05:26:50 +0000

Because face to face communication is really more effective than electronic communication. Electronic communication doesn't yet share real human emotion. Slack as useful as it is doesn't share everything that is going on. Dispersed teams can become high performing but it is usually much slower and much harder. If Google et al had the data and tools to support regular remote work it would be the norm. I don't imagine the change will happen in my lifetime. Cheers Mark

Comment on Hiring In 2015 Is Hard by Dave

Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:16:12 +0000

I feel your pain, even from the distant employment market of Montreal, Canada. Hiring is also very hard here, there's way too many opportunities flooding the market for the number of available candidates, and candidates aim for the best possible opportunities. To get good candidates interested, you need to be on the top of the 'food chain' and that requires employers to raise the bar on every front. Convincing candidates that an opportunity will be challenging, rewarding and pay well is difficult to say the least. Another issue in finding good people is, like you said, many candidates perceive themselves as top-level when they are in fact just about average. This makes the hiring process very time consuming. Even aiming for newly graduates is hard because there's a shortage of graduates compared to the demand. The IT employment market has felt like a roller coaster in the last 20 years or so. When there's a shortage of offers (employees) on the IT market, employment conditions tend to raise, then academic counsellors start orienting graduates towards IT (this happened just before y2k). This eventually floods the market creating imbalance in the opposite direction (post y2k: 2005-2010). Eventually, employment conditions are not that attractive anymore so academic counsellors stop selling IT to students. This in turn reverses the imbalance, leaving the market with a shortage of employees - we're probably in that phase right now. Academic counsellors are probably selling back software again to students due to the current employment conditions that are definitely in the employees' favour. Until these students graduate and flood the market again, we're left in an imbalance that is in the favour of employees. Interestingly, the offer (the number of jobs available on the market) never stops increasing, and in fact should increase at an even greater pace once the boomers really start retiring... Good times to be in the software development market :)

Comment on Hiring In 2015 Is Hard by Ben

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:00:51 +0000

I've been going through the same thing in the Twin Cities. The market is very tight right now and a lot of companies in our area are bringing Dev and IT back in house or just rapidly expanding. It's a good time to be a recent CS grad. What has worked well for me is to find a good, local development-focused recruiter. Our guy is a one-man shop and he's been very successful in bringing us folks when our in-house searches don't work. Good luck!

Comment on Dev Lunch as a Power Tool by Mariano Kamp

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:22:31 +0000

Welcome to Continental Europe ;)

Comment on Converging on Javascript is a Bad Idea by Ryan

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:08:24 +0000

Reminds me of this talk I saw once:

Comment on Spock Intro by Mukund

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:32:36 +0000

Excellent tutorial!! Thanks