For the longest time, a vocal opinion I would hear frequently was that good developers need to be passionate about programming. I’d be exposed to this opinion from my peers, from those senior to me, from people interviewing me, and from the development community as a whole. It reflects badly on me that, for a while, I believed it.

We judge developers based on their Github contributions, on their Stack Overflow questions and answers, on whether they are active on Twitter. What these all have in common is that (for the most part) they are extra-curricular. …

I want to offer a few words of encouragement.

First, bit of background. I’m someone who taught himself how to build websites in the mid-90s. I did a Computer Science degree at one of the top universities in the UK, and I’ve been working professionally as a web developer for over 10 years. I’m not a big name developer, but I have a reasonably good reputation in the eyes of some people you may come across on social media.

I’ve worked with a few people who’ve entered the industry after attending one of the 3 month coding bootcamps, and I was around when my former partner attended one herself. I attended an end-of-course presentation day for Makers Academy, and was seriously impressed by what I saw. …



I design and build websites and webapps using React, I also hold strong opinions and dance Salsa.

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