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Skill Up: A Software Developer's Guide to Life and Career

By : Jordan Hudgens
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Book Image

Skill Up: A Software Developer's Guide to Life and Career

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By: Jordan Hudgens

Overview of this book

This is an all-purpose toolkit for your programming career. It has been built by Jordan Hudgens over a lifetime of coding and teaching coding. It helps you identify the key questions and stumbling blocks that programmers encounter, and gives you the answers to them! It is a comprehensive guide containing more than 50 insights that you can use to improve your work, and to give advice in your career. The book is split up into three topic areas: Coder Skills, Freelancer Skills, and Career Skills, each containing a wealth of practical advice. Coder Skills contains advice for people starting out, or those who are already working in a programming role but want to improve their skills. It includes such subjects as: how to study and understand complex topics, and getting past skill plateaus when learning new languages. Freelancer Skills contains advice for developers working as freelancers or with freelancers. It includes such subjects as: knowing when to fire a client, and tips for taking over legacy applications. Career Skills contains advice for building a successful career as a developer. It includes such subjects as: how to improve your programming techniques, and interview guides and developer salary negotiation strategies.
Table of Contents (5 chapters)

As we continue to work through ways to hack the developer's mind, the focus of this chapter is going to be on increasing productivity. Specifically, we're going to analyze practical ways to use the Pomodoro Technique.

I'm constantly researching new ways to improve my personal productivity. And through my journey as a developer, a popular approach that I've discovered is the Pomodoro Technique. This is a process that I've utilized and I credit it with allowing me to focus on a large number of tasks each day.

Don't let the weird name scare you away. The Pomodoro Technique is a dead simple productivity system that focuses on splitting tasks into timed intervals throughout the day.

One of the greatest strengths of the Pomodoro Technique is how easy it is to implement. The process that I follow is:

Have you ever tried dieting before? When I was younger I struggled with my weight and to help fix it, I tried a number of intense diets. This included nutrition strategies such as dramatically decreasing calories, or killing off carbs. However, I noticed that I'd stay true to the diet for a few weeks or even a few months, but eventually I would fall back into poor eating habits.

Once I recognized this trend I moved to having a balanced approach to eating. I stopped trying nutritional fads and I transitioned my focus into eating in a way I felt I could eat for the rest of my life.

I made this change in my nutritional approach a few years ago and it's completely stopped my roller coaster dieting and weight loss and weight gain.