I’ve been a software developer for a long time and there is a new term in our industry that I see in far too many job postings is they are looking for a “full-stack” developer. Ever since I heard this term, it has been bothering me and I would wish it would stop being used. This article will explain why.
Recently, while cleaning out my attic at home, I came across a box with items I kept from way back in the ‘90s. In it was a copy of my very first article that appeared in a major programming magazine. Since I have been a professional developer for over 26 years, I have a lot … Continue reading Geekstory: My First Magazine Article & The Power of Networking
Today I have released the 5th edition of my book on surviving the technical interview. It's a must read if you are looking for your dream job or just need motivation to rock your career! Rock Your Career: Surviving The Technical Interview Have you ever not gotten a job because you weren’t prepared for the … Continue reading New Book Release! Rock Your Career: Surviving The Technical Interview – 5th Edition
In 2018, I interviewed at a popular biotech company here in San Diego, California. When I was interviewing with three other people on the team, one of them asked me if I planned to blog about them. That developer asking that question, which no one has ever asked me, should have been a red flag. … Continue reading dotNetDave Says… Getting Interviewed by Other Developers
As I reflect on being a software engineer, writer and speaker for 25 years, I didn’t get to where I am without my geek friends. They have taught me, uplifted me and even aided me in my personal life. Many I have thanked so this is to thank them again. I’m sure there are others … Continue reading A Thank You to My Geek Friends
On July 2nd, 2019 I spoke at the San Diego .NET User Group. This was my actual 25th anniversary of speaking at user groups and conferences! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 25 years already… where has the time gone? My motivation, even back then, was to help others coming up in the … Continue reading Rock Your Career: How 25 Years of Speaking has Helped My Career and More! (Recorded Live)
Since I am currently on the hunt for a new contract position either in the area where I live or remote, I thought I’d share an interaction I had with a recruiter this morning. When I am looking for a new position, I use recruiters and LinkedIn as two of my tools. I would say … Continue reading Dealing with Recruiters Tip #3 – Why Don’t They Actually Read My Profile or Resume?
One of the questions I get asked a lot is “how do I get a job?”. The answer is that you need experience. But, how do you get experience if you don’t have a job yet? My answer is, write an app or website and release it to the world. The reason I encourage writing … Continue reading Write Something, Anything to Start and Enhance Your Career
I have been using recruiters for a long time to help me find a new opportunity. For the ones I don't have a relationship with... please stop playing games when sending us an email about a "great opportunity". Almost daily, I receive emails like this: I am recruiting for an exciting contract opportunity with one … Continue reading Dealing with Recruiters Tip #2: Don’t Play Games When Contacting Us
Recently, one of my friends and fellow writer interviewed me for an article. Here is what he wrote about the interview: David McCarter is a noted developer and Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). Dave has written a number of books and published many videos about computer programming. His dotNetDave Explains YouTube series is a hit … Continue reading Is There A Place For Old Developers On Young Development Teams?