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James Guttman talks about his blog post, "The Year Santa Gave Me Coal For Christmas", and why he felt it was time to speak out, how there are stories far worse than that from his childhood, and the realization he had to come to in order to not repeat the cycle of abuse with his own children. Also, watered-down orange juice for his non-verbal son, d…
 
Happy Noveaster! James Guttman explains the annual tradition in his home for those who aren't familiar, what gross food they ate this year, how it started, and why he offered to call it off in 2021. Plus, dealing with an autism diagnosis, the Autism Speaks walk that changed everything for James's family, the mega kid, an impromptu Pete Davidson imp…
 
Talking Points: The disadvantage that Juniors developers have Focus on the actual goal Take your career to the next level Quotable Quotes: "Through mentorship programs and developer events that I run, I recognize that the biggest disadvantage that Juniors developers have is not technical expertise" "Tools, libraries, technologies, frameworks, langu…
 
Talking Points: Open-source contributions Working with workflows Promoting open-source projects Networking Founder’s mindset Quotable Quotes: "Getting involved with open-source can definitely make your development more visible" - AP "A lot of the opportunities that I've had in my life often come down to networking, and open-source is no exception t…
 
It might not be Halloween, but James Guttman's son, Lucas, is all dressed up in his Raffi costume. James discusses the love his non-verbal son has for Raffi's music, the concert they attended, James's word-for-word memorization of Raffi's 1984 concert in Canada, and more. Plus, misconceptions about special needs families, helping his son learn new …
 
Talking Points: How to find balance to avoid burning out Finding your career goal as a developer How to help others and learn while having fun Quotable Quotes: "You should be pushing yourself, you should be learning new things" [instead of relying on an employer] - DG "Choose projects that you find fun” [to make your leisure time, your learning tim…
 
James Guttman looks at the post about his son's special education that Facebook said was "too political" to boost, how we are stopping ourselves from being able to discuss important issues with each other, healing broken hearts, a near fight with a college football team, the times he thought he would die, appreciating the sky, taking his non-verbal…
 
Talking Points: Is it a problem if you personal GitHub is not showing a lot of activity? / Is it OK to have a basic portfolio site that has the basics? / How can you show that you are capable? How can you stand out from other people? How do I provide value to a company if I do not currently know all the in demand frameworks? How do you make an empl…
 
Talking Points: How could you become a successful developer Approaching mistakes Choosing a supportive environment Contributing to open-source Techniques to prevent mistakes Quotable Quotes: "Finding what you're great at" [to become successful] – JD "It's not all about just engineering" [but working with people, different teams] – JD "You're gonna …
 
Talking Points: Importance of networking Communication Managing teams How to ask questions Understanding the approaches Daily habits Accountability Quotable Quotes: "I think both of them are essential for people coming out of bootcamps or colleges" [networking and communication] - AH "It's a huge advantage to have a conversation with somebody like …
 
Talking Points: Difference between Senior and Junior engineer Ways to gain experience quickly Career paths 10x engineers Setting up the right mindset Quotable Quotes: "You can have one year of experience five times or you can actually have five years of experience" - ST "The more Junior somebody is, the more obsessed they are with their code follow…
 
James Guttman takes you to back to school night and how his first time attending his daughter's middle school tour brought with it epiphanies about education, adulthood, and the inspiration those seven minute speedy introductions brought. Plus, celebrating his new achievements, raising a great special needs sibling, and an unforgettable moment from…
 
Talking Points: Building tools developers use Learning a new codebase The viability of open source careers What makes a good team member Avoiding burn out Quotable Quotes: “Every line of code you change is going to have an impact somewhere and it's going to impact someone.” - JS “The amount of knowledge you have...will never define you, it's how yo…
 
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Those who attempt to poison and destroy my children will know my name when I lay my vengeance upon thee. Then, James Guttman will get free prison pudding. Plus, autism parenting phrases to know, how to feel old instantly, and a back to …
 
Talking Points: Figuring out your career path Learning to code Working in a team setting The skill of communicating What makes a good engineer Quotable Quotes: “Handoff your code so that somebody else can maintain it.” - GC “I strongly encourage all junior engineers to work in at least a mid-sized to a large-sized company.” - GC “One key skillset a…
 
Talking Points: Code as a means to an end Focusing on the business problem Building business value The alignment of goals within an organization Not being afraid to ask stupid questions Quotable Quotes: “In our culture, we build businesses...we happen to use code most of the time.” - SP “Do you want to succeed or have fun?” - SP “Culture is what yo…
 
Talking Points: Putting yourself in the user's shoes Doing your work and asking questions Interview preparation Culture fit Quotable Quotes: “We don't want somebody that is just a doer without asking questions.” - ND “I want people to always be wanting to improve themselves and challenge themselves.” - ND “Be willing to...say, "I think this can be …
 
Talking Points: Building products people use Getting a job you can be great at Be in places where luck can happen to you How to know if you are providing value Quotable Quotes: “If you're not providing value in your ecosystem, interacting with this person is not a good use of time or money.” - DS “If you're aligned with your managers, then you'll t…
 
Talking Points: The different stages of a developer Thinking about where you want to go Find what you enjoy doing early in your career Do you want to be a manager or a single contributor Learning from costly mistakes Quotable Quotes: “Where do you want to go?” - SD “You want to grow and you want to think, how did they get to where they're at and ma…
 
James Guttman returns with a look at annoying his children, his non-verbal son's evolving social skills, people who let their kids be weird, adults who expect you to correct behavior that you shouldn't correct, and why horror movies don't let 40 year old men play the hero. Momet of Sanity, Word & Phrases, and More - Tell James your thoughts at: HiB…
 
Talking Points: Finding missing information quickly Not needing permission to pursue ideals Working well with a team Growing through community Not just being a pair of hands Quotable Quotes: “The worst thing that I think a developer can do is not surround themselves with tons of other developers.” - TB "It [NodeConf] really got me understanding how…
 
James Guttman is evolving Hi Pod! with a brand new segment, the return of a favorite, and a ton of topics including his place in Autism Acceptance for others, not being so ready to be offended, those who are, rude comments from people, genuine misunderstanding from others, and the day he decided to just "let them look." Tell James your thoughts at:…
 
Talking points: Be creative as a developer Setting yourself apart Choosing the right technology The freedom of JavaScript Finding your niche Solve problems that free up time Quotable Quotes: “You should probably go down the road of the thing that's going to give you the most return.” - DB “It's very hard to find someone that can do that [be an illu…
 
Talking Points: Making your boss look good How to use your skills and passions Knowing the pros & cons of tools Understanding risk Focusing on the outcome Quotable Quotes: “If you want to advance your career...figure out how to make your boss look good.” “He [Jonathan’s senior colleague] thought about the outcome. What are you really trying to acco…
 
James Guttman is back in full form with a look at awkward moments we all share, how alternate timelines of existence have diminished his trepidation around people, his daughter's first "Moment of Awkward", and more. Plus, a look at the term "special needs" and why he sometimes uses it instead of "autism" for his child, plus how extra time with his …
 
Talking Points: The complexity of mentorship Surround yourself with good people The hiring process Kind honesty Culture fit Quotable Quotes: “I think it's much more important that you have a values fit.” - EH “From a kind place, tell the truth to people.” - EH “Always think about the client, put yourself in the client's shoes.” - EH “We're taught t…
 
Talking Points: Communicating well The cycle of learning new things When to prioritize performance Clean code Empathy for the user Quotable Quotes: “This is a new challenge and it's hard. It becomes a lot shorter. - P “I think people optimize for what's going to look pretty...vs. what's going to look like a real instrument” - P “You're still keepin…
 
Talking Points: Watching mentors solve problems Version control Humble communication Self-evaluation Constrained creativity Quotable Quotes: “You have a big story[frequent Git commits]...that’s what gets published, is a story.” - JH “You can always improve communication.” - JH “If somebody has that[holier than thou attitude], that would probably be…
 
Talking Points: Developer advocacy Write good documentation Confusing the solution with the problem Define clear goals Learning with joy Quotable Quotes: "Does this solve a problem that everybody agrees is an actual problem?" - EM "Whenever you've run into problems, it's probably a goal problem." - EM "When you don't know what you want a function t…
 
Talking Points: Maintaining GitHub's official JavaScript SDK Making users and developers life's easier Being a valuable asset to your manager and team Growth through communication You are entitled to mentorship Quotable Quotes: "I would say you are entitled to mentoring." - GM "You [Junior dev] have a unique perspective that I lost a long time ago"…
 
Talking Points: Take advantage of your soft skills Spot job postings scams Mandatory things to expect in an interview Apply to roles above your skill level Set yourself apart as a junior developer Quotable Quotes: In the first line [tell me about yourself question], have something that grabs their attention. - TJ You're making these assumptions wit…
 
Talking Points: Creating Open Source Software Why Bootstrap was created The development scene in the early 2000s What you should know to learn quickly Quotable Quotes: (Why bootstrap was created) "I just wanted to create a toolkit internally to make it so that my peers on my team could create these tools in a beautiful way." - JT "I don't have a tr…
 
Talking Points: Entrepreneurship What Sam learned working at Google, Uber, and Wealthfront Determining what tech stack to use Learning from your mistakes Practicing for interviews Quotable Quotes: “There's actually a talk online, I believe it was from an engineer from Etsy called 'Choose Boring Technology.'” - SS “The most important lessons I've le…
 
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