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Simon Barker

At CareerSwitchToCoding.com I am on a mission to get every developer get their first job with more than "just make a profile and apply"

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PhD Electronics

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Senior Full Stack Developer

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5 Interviews, 7 hours: Lessons From Not Getting A Big Tech Job Offer

Thanks for this comment, 100% agree. The middle test where I ...

5 Interviews, 7 hours: Lessons From Not Getting A Big Tech Job Offer

No problem, here is the "Is it over" email template from my b...

5 Interviews, 7 hours: Lessons From Not Getting A Big Tech Job Offer

If you haven't heard back in that long there are two possibil...

5 Interviews, 7 hours: Lessons From Not Getting A Big Tech Job Offer

Yes, there were elements of this process that were good but t...

5 Interviews, 7 hours: Lessons From Not Getting A Big Tech Job Offer

I appreciate the comment but disagree with: I would think a...

Stop! Put Down That Ternary, Lines Are Free

Thanks @pjotre86 , @jayjeckel , @andreidascalu for the awe...

Stop! Put Down That Ternary, Lines Are Free

Totally, not against ternaries - I just feel that have become...

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

Nice, almost like a bullet journal?

Are you even learning if you’re not working at a start up?

thanks, yes i think that's a good idea to gain an idea of how...

I Narrowly Avoided Burnout, What I've Changed and What You Can Learn From It

Mainly weight training and cycling but over the last 10 years...

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

Thank you - will check it out

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

This looks brilliant - nice one 😀

I Narrowly Avoided Burnout, What I've Changed and What You Can Learn From It

Notifications for management is a hard balance (I’ve made an ...

Are you even learning if you’re not working at a start up?

you have the chance of getting maintainable code Love this, ...

Are you even learning if you’re not working at a start up?

Agreed, there are challenges joining a greenfield from brownf...

Are you even learning if you’re not working at a start up?

Quite possibly, the good ones are like a rocket ship though, ...

Are you even learning if you’re not working at a start up?

I like the sound of that rule, I can't imagine a smaller comp...

Are you even learning if you’re not working at a start up?

Yeh I think a good mix of both is probably my the best but it...

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

Depends how engrossed I am I guess. If it's an obvious "this ...

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

Sounds awesome, I imaging the listeners of the Cortex podcast...

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

I have heard that emacs is a whole world in and to itself, I'...

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

These are all great resource - thanks for taking the time. ...

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

It's nice when the system helps more than just yourself right...

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

Sounds like a great system, also by popping them in old you k...

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

Hi David, this is a cool idea - well done

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

Hi Omri, Your scripts.sh sounds good as well! Yeh, here is a...

I Bet You Don't Keep A Developer Journal: 3 Reasons You Should

Joplin looks great - sounds like you are using it just like I...

5 VSCode Extensions I Use Every Day

Thanks for those suggestions - I will check them both out

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

Thanks for this comment, you make fantastic points and I agre...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

I think this is something that would be best learned in the f...

7 Tips to Make Sure You Don't Get Your Dream Developer Job

Thanks Matt 😀

I forgot to have fun, are you?

100%, I think the "planning for scale" and "best practices" g...

I forgot to have fun, are you?

So long as you're having fun in you spare time I don't think ...

7 Tips to Make Sure You Don't Get Your Dream Developer Job

If you find you get jobs fine without it then your experience...

7 Tips to Make Sure You Don't Get Your Dream Developer Job

You're welcome, no tragedy unless you don't fix it 😀

7 Tips to Make Sure You Don't Get Your Dream Developer Job

16 is going to be tough without really showing you have some ...

Mastering this single technology makes you employable for life

I have genuinely thought about learning COBOL, FORTRAN or Fox...

Mastering this single technology makes you employable for life

Haha, that’s also important but it’s not a measurable skill a...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

That’s great, have a conversation with them and find out what...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

This isn't the list you want to follow for game, iOS or Andro...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

Meh, I think people learning to code and looking to get their...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

I agree, I prefer Angular over React for that reason as well ...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

Cool, at least I avoided being full cringey 🤣 It's a checkli...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

It really isn’t a UI developer post. SQL, Mongo, Express don’...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

For banking I would suggest a bit more than "basics"

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

I think either is fine for getting started, the point it to l...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

If you are already learning it that great, the only reason I ...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

Agreed, this addition would make it more comprehensive 😀

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

These are good additions. I actually almost put Angular as wh...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

Yes, it's a starting point to get into full stack dev, only h...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

JS is enough to work on a full JS stack but ideally you would...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

This is totally aimed at being the bare essentials to get sta...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

I think the danger with current full stack is getting stretch...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

Agreed, the main reason for only saying JS is that it's the o...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

Now I think about it I might say the opposite is true. 10 yea...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

😀 excellent

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

Possibly, the best way to find out is to speak to someone who...

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

In what way?

Skills required to be a full stack developer: a checklist

You're welcome @ariajanke - Python is very valuable as a bac...

Are you on TikTok?

I've just added it to my todo list 😀

Are you on TikTok?

I'm on TikTok 😀 tiktok.com/@allthecode? I mainly post my In...

10 must follow rules for asking coding questions

I really should go for a walk more often when I'm stuck - I j...

10 must follow rules for asking coding questions

Great points, in this case I am thinking more around asking p...

Really, why React?

Thanks for writing this, I am not a frontend expert but have ...

Developer Communities Every Developer should Join According to your niche.

Cool, shoot me a DM here or on twitter (@allthecode_) and I'l...

Developer Communities Every Developer should Join According to your niche.

Great list! IndieHackers has gone invite only (at least for a...

My Tech Bootcamp Experience: The Job Hunt

24 instances of total radio silence Makes me so mad, there...

Coder vs developer vs software engineer

I totally get where you are coming from. I am a chartered eng...

Coder vs developer vs software engineer

Totally, see my comment above to @jayjeckel that when I star...

Coder vs developer vs software engineer

Thanks for the comment, I agree that none of this should matt...

How to ask good interview questions

Thank you, shame more candidates don't take this a kind of ap...

I tracked every minute of my time for the last 4 months. Here are 7 totally unexpected results

Nice write up, i've been tracking time spent on side projects...

Which programming language should I learn first?

Before I programmed professionally this is how I coded and it...

Which programming language should I learn first?

I agree I just don't think it's broad enough right now to be ...

Which programming language should I learn first?

My first language was C, nearly 15 years ago!

Which programming language should I learn first?

This is interesting, although people often need quick feedbac...

Which programming language should I learn first?

I think JS is probably the most likely langague to meet that ...

Which programming language should I learn first?

That's a good idea, perhaps once comfortable with syntax and ...

Which programming language should I learn first?

Totally, the language is a tool to learn programming 😀

Star-rating with simple animations (the saga continues)

Great improvement Andrew, your CSS is way above mine, I guess...

Star-rating using Unicode stars

This is great, I used unicode stars for a exactly this a few ...

Welcome Thread - v131

Hi everyone, I love to code and see all the new people comin...

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