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Blueprint for a Slack-based development team reading list

6 February 2018 by Matt Baxter-Reynolds
Developers love to learn and read, and you can gain some real benefit by adding some tools and structure to help them share interesting articles both within the team, and on social networks.

The 3 P’s of the high performance software developer

26 January 2018 by Matt Baxter-Reynolds
"Levelling up" a software developer isn't just about supporting technical development. You can increase a developers overall performance by fostering an understanding the "3 P's": pain (sales), price (budgets), and plumbing (infrastructure).

The power of banning the word "bug"

17 January 2018 by Matt Baxter-Reynolds
Software developers don't think twice about referring to "bugs", but customers don't care about what causes there issue. They just want their problem understood, and a solution put into place. Banning the word "bug" is a very powerful move.

It's 2018, and it's time to use TypeScript

3 January 2018 by Matt Baxter-Reynolds
TypeScript can have a profound, positive effect on making complex JavaScript codebases easier to maintain. You definitely should be using it, regardless of where you sit on the static vs dynamic-typing debate.

Software engineers, or software developers?

18 December 2017 by Matt Baxter-Reynolds
One of the age old questions in our industry is "are we software engineers, or are we software developers". We want to be "engineers", because it sounds more worthy... but in this piece I'll argue we're actually "developers".

The tyranny of async/await

12 December 2017 by Matt Baxter-Reynolds
We're now taught to use async/await to create more responsive code, but the reality is that it creates fussy, messy, code bases, and delivers very little benefit.

Software security is a social good

28 November 2017 by Matt Baxter-Reynolds
Building software where security is not embedded at every layer is straightforwardly negligent.

Will we ever see anything like .NET again?

29 October 2017 by Matt Baxter-Reynolds
.NET was a huge engineering effort. But today, no vendor is attempting to build something anywhere near as ambitious in scope.

Microsoft and the consumer space

9 October 2017 by Matt Baxter-Reynolds
Billions spent chasing the two market leaders that were so far ahead, there was no way that they could catch up.

Where do we get all these data scientists from?

19 October 2017 by Matt Baxter-Reynolds
AI and machine learning require software engineers who are ridiculously good at maths. Where are they going to come from?
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