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My Personal Experience of Becoming a Software Developer

Things happen in life that we sometimes cannot explain, but looking back, we are able to put the pieces together and make sense of everything. Such has been my journey of becoming a software developer. The paths I followed now make sense, but they were not things I exactly planned at the beginning. But they are the steps I believe ...

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7 Bad Habits to Avoid as a QA Engineer

Most people would agree that software quality is important. We have seen the results of buggy software in all kinds of situations: from Mars probes malfunctioning and chemotherapy machines administering lethal doses of radiation, to telecommunications systems experiencing a cascade failure. It would seem logical to assume that software testers would be much-valued members of a development team. Yet sadly, ...

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How to Be A Successful Freelance Programmer

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A career as a freelancer is the reality for 35% of the United States’ workforce. It is designed for people that desire more freedom, or feel working for an employer limits their ability to be creative. Freelancing is a viable option for programmers interested in earning additional income while employed or starting a full-time business in the future. Both are ...

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Are Technical Skills Enough? Create a Personal Brand to Help You Succeed

You know what would be awesome for your career? A well-crafted, compelling brand story about your skills, knowledge, and qualifications as a programmer. Programming knowledge and expertise will give you a good head start, but to propel your progress graph steeply and quickly, you’ll need to unlock opportunities that exist outside of a pre-charted path. So if your desire is ...

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How to Future-Proof Your Testing Career

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Since I switched back into testing from a development role, I’ve been trying to build up skills that will future-proof my testing career. To do this, I’ve been going to more talks and conferences, and watching webinars on testing. What do I mean by future-proofing? I want to ensure that I have the correct skills, either by focusing on one ...

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Becoming a Better Software Developer

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Becoming better at what we do for a career is what many aspire to in life. However, it is not enough to simply keep doing the same thing every day. To become better, we sometimes need to do things in a different way from how they were done previously. This especially applies to the field of software development. It is ...

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Don’t Be a “One-Trick Pony” Manual Tester

I remember seeing ponies when my parents took me to the circus. They were an important part of the show and impressed the audience with agility, jumping over obstacles and walking on two feet. The pony act was so varied that it was difficult to get bored of it, even if you were attending the show on consecutive days. But ...

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5 Skills Every QA Engineer Must Have

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Undoubtedly everyone nowadays has the idea of what software developers do in general, but not many people outside IT are aware of what the role of QAs is. Usually when someone asks me what my profession is I have to give a short explanation for the value that quality assurance brings to the final product. Moreover many people consider that ...

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