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What can this tiny Japanese lady teach you about technology?

This is Marie Kondo. She’s become a cultural phenomenon with her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her Netflix show Tidying Up. She created the KonMari method, which is a decluttering strategy where you get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy”. …

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One of the most important things you can do as a developer is build your own presence on the web. You should have a blog or portfolio site. Having a home on the web gives potential employers a place to find you and allows you to clarify your own thoughts. It’s also a handy way to document the things you’ve learned. I know developers that have searched the web for a solution to a problem only to find their way to a post they made years ago.

If you’re interested in building out your web presence, there’s a ton of ways to get started. The easiest way to get a blog up is to use an existing platform like Ghost, WordPress, or Medium. …

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Technology is ever-changing. Every year, there’s a pile of shiny new things to learn. Whether it’s the hot new JavaScript framework, a fancy cloud AI technology, or the latest hipster programming language, the fun never stops. While learning new things is fun, it’s impossible to keep up. You’re constantly asking yourself questions like:

“Which technology stack is going to keep me employed?”

“Should I check out that hot new JavaScript library?”

“What about ______ (Virtual Reality / AI / Machine Learning / Big Data / etc…)?”

As a developer, I love learning new technologies, but I only have a limited amount of time. I want to be effective at my job, pursue things that interest me, and have time left to lift weights, hang out with my wife, and take my kid fishing. I’m always asking myself how I can make the best use of my limited educational bandwidth. …

Dustin Ewers

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