Java Code Geeks » Dave Fecak http://www.javacodegeeks.com/ Java 2 Java Developers Resource Center Mon, 25 May 2015 19:00:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 How to Make More Money (and the plateau)http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/05/how-to-make-more-money-and-the-plateau.html http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/05/how-to-make-more-money-and-the-plateau.html#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 22:00:28 +0000 http://www.javacodegeeks.com/?p=40190 Most extended discussions about the technology industry and software engineering trade eventually find their way to the topics of worker supply and demand, talent shortages (real or otherwise), and compensation. Every Best Jobs of The Year list (examples here or here or here or here) features a Top 10 littered with assorted job titles given to those who code, often including salary data that could cause non-technical readers ...

 

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What Programming Language Should I Learn?http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/04/what-programming-language-should-i-learn.html http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/04/what-programming-language-should-i-learn.html#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:13 +0000 http://www.javacodegeeks.com/?p=39277 Several times a week I am asked by a contact/reader/someone on Reddit for advice on what they should learn next. The question comes from both junior and experienced programmers, and has been posed both as open-ended (“What should I learn?“) and multiple choice (“Python or Ruby?“, “Django or Flask?“, “iOS or Android?“, etc.). Unless it is someone I’ve worked with, there ...

 

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Stupid Recruiter Tricks, Vol. 1: “Where are you interviewing?”http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/03/stupid-recruiter-tricks-vol-1-where-are-you-interviewing.html http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/03/stupid-recruiter-tricks-vol-1-where-are-you-interviewing.html#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:00:12 +0000 http://www.javacodegeeks.com/?p=38583 Anyone who has worked with a recruiter has probably been asked “Where else are you interviewing?” or “What other companies have you applied to?“. The question comes from both agency recruiters (‘headhunter‘) representing several hiring firms and internal corporate recruiters hiring only for their company. Candidates are understandably not always willing to answer, and recruiters may stumble to give convincing explanations as to ...

 

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What I’ve Learned After 15 Years as a Java Group Leaderhttp://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/02/what-ive-learned-after-15-years-as-a-java-group-leader.html http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/02/what-ive-learned-after-15-years-as-a-java-group-leader.html#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:00:51 +0000 http://www.javacodegeeks.com/?p=37427 After founding the Philadelphia Area Java Users’ Group in 2000 and leading it for 15 years, I’ve decided to resign my post and pass on leadership to someone else. It’s time. At our first meeting in a small and long-forgotten dot com, 35 Java developers came to eat pizza and listen to a presentation on XML and JAXP. ...

 

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Job Security, Career Stability, and Employability For Startupshttp://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/01/job-security-career-stability-and-employability-for-startups.html http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/01/job-security-career-stability-and-employability-for-startups.html#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:00:33 +0000 http://www.javacodegeeks.com/?p=35863 I was recently asked to answer a question on Quora about startups and stability, and as I read some of the other replies I noticed a trend. The question was basically “Would joining a startup be a mistake for someone with the goals of stability and career progression?”. The questioner then defined stability as being able to support a family ...

 

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Career Stagnation – Early Detection and Treatmenthttp://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/01/career-stagnation-early-detection-and-treatment.html http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2015/01/career-stagnation-early-detection-and-treatment.html#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.javacodegeeks.com/?p=35658 Have you ever been on LinkedIn and stumbled on one of their work anniversary announcements? In case you haven’t, they look something like this: The announcements are generated by LinkedIn and typically followed by a predictable handful of likes, congratulatory words, and positive sentiments. I’m yet to see a comment that generally reflects my knee-jerk reaction to at ...

 

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Why Technical Resumes Need a Profile (because we’re dumb)http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2014/12/why-technical-resumes-need-a-profile-because-were-dumb.html http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2014/12/why-technical-resumes-need-a-profile-because-were-dumb.html#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:00:38 +0000 http://www.javacodegeeks.com/?p=34558 There is significant variation in résumé format across candidates. Name and contact information is always on top, but on any given day a recruiter might see the next section as Education, Skills, Experience, or even (gasp) an Objective. Career length influences which section comes first. Entry-level candidates usually choose Education, while veteran candidates gravitate towards experience and accomplishments. Unfortunately, going ...

 

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Using the “Do You Have Any Questions?” Questionhttp://www.javacodegeeks.com/2014/11/using-the-do-you-have-any-questions-question.html http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2014/11/using-the-do-you-have-any-questions-question.html#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:00:10 +0000 http://www.javacodegeeks.com/?p=33242 During most interviews, an interviewer provides the candidate the opportunity to ask questions. In most cases the highly-anticipated “Do you have any questions?” question falls towards the end of the session, though some companies today throw candidates a curveball and start the interview this way (consider yourself warned). Many candidates use this invitation to gather information that will be helpful in ...

 

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Independent Contracting: How to Get Therehttp://www.javacodegeeks.com/2014/11/independent-contracting-how-to-get-there.html http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2014/11/independent-contracting-how-to-get-there.html#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:00:58 +0000 http://www.javacodegeeks.com/?p=32871 The concept of self-employment is appealing for many technologists, but the path to getting there isn’t always clear. Independent contractors may cite several attributes of their work that they find preferable to traditional employer/employee relationships. The allure of money is obvious, but independents may also be drawn to project variety, an emphasis on new development over maintaining existing projects, and additional control over ...

 

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Exploding Job Offers and Multiple Offer Synchronizationhttp://www.javacodegeeks.com/2014/10/exploding-job-offers-and-multiple-offer-synchronization.html http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2014/10/exploding-job-offers-and-multiple-offer-synchronization.html#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:00:58 +0000 http://www.javacodegeeks.com/?p=31552 A recent post by Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, Exploding Offers Suck, detailed his distaste for accelerators and venture capitalists who pressure entrepreneurs into critical decisions on investment offers before they have a chance to shop. The article outlines Y Combinator’s policy of allowing offer acceptance up until the beginning of the program. An exploding offer is as any offer that lists a date for the ...

 

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