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Unexpected circumstances have meant I've done two job hunts in recent months. I usually scribble down a handful of questions to ask or consider prior to each interview. Here they are so I can remember and refine them over time.
What does the...
After Ruby Conf AU, I came away noticing a few common traits of good talks:
On stage, you’re not just speaking, you’re performing. Turn the enthusiasm up a few notches from what you’d use in a face-to-face conversation. Don’t just...read more
A list of my pet hates - particularly re: management, so I can make sure not to do them should I ever be in that position.
People who prefix every task they delegate with words like 'simple', 'quick' and 'easy'. They rarely are, and it makes...
In year 10, my art teacher stopped me.
Stop! You're a perfectionist! And perfectionism is a disease!
Having been praised for my perfectionism all my life, I dismissed her advice. It took more than a decade for me to realise just how right she...read more
I took my own advice at Ruby Conf and introduced myself to several of the better known speakers. One thing I asked each was: what is the common trait between yourself and others who are 'famous within the community'?
Interestingly, none thought it...read more
In India, one of the top recommendations for young yogis aspiring to enlightenment is "keep the company of the wise".
I gave up on enlightenment a while ago, but the same applies to any aspiration. Sometimes there's a tendency — at conferences, meetups...read more
I was once told three rules for good writing:
The same apply to writing software. Forget design patterns and best practices — they're a means to an end, not an end in themselves. If you're code...read more
Here's a summary for my own future reference. She goes through 3 interesting psychological experiments, and then covers the take-home points with regards to software dev. Here...read more
A note for my own future reference: if you're using rails with spring, and you add a new class in a new file under a new folder in your /app directory (eg, adding your first service to an app at
/app/services/my_service.rb), Rails will not find that...
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