I've been a digital/interactive project manager since 1997. Now I want to go through an 18 week immersion program in web development and jump the fence to become a developer. But I'm 45 years old. Am I too old to get hired? [more inside]
Let's assume I can get training in anything I want and have a supportive boss who will allow me to "practice" any skill I choose in my current position as a director. What skills should I learn to make the next big leap to head boss at a non-profit? [more inside]
I'm a high school teacher, and I was looking for ideas for building community and comfort in the classroom. I know one of my coworkers likes to play a game called "confessions" for extra credit. He pulls out a confession from a bag--where various students have revealed a little known fact about themselves--and the first person to guess the confession is awarded extra credit. Does anyone have ideas like this to build community in the classroom? I teach 10th graders in a suburban school district.
I'm a brand-new full-stack web developer (with an emphasis on front-end) at a small NYC startup. I'm on contract but will probably be asked if I want to permanently join the team next week. What offer would be too low for me to say yes? [more inside]
How do I mitigate risk to myself in the future as a result of damage/losses/etc incurred by purchasers of the product in the event that something like this should occur? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I want to work on projects that will change the world for the better. I think I know what kind of work I want to do. I'm not sure how to get there. Thoughts/ideas? [more inside]
How does one become more mature, if they are currently very emotionally immature? [more inside]
How do I compile a compelling code portfolio? What kind of selection criteria do I use, or can you recommend resources for developing it? [more inside]
I wanted an app, thought there would be a bunch of options, I can't find any. Educate me on the realities of getting an app built. I'm not a total tech noob but I am not a programmer. [more inside]
I've been preparing a 'lightning' talk (8 minutes) for a statewide technology conference. While I'm relatively new to the software dev world, I'm going to be presenting to people who have been professional developers for years, sometimes decades. So I need to pick some more experienced brains (presenters, developers, professional conference attendees) if I'm going to give a presentation that will truly be useful. [more inside]
Is there an existing framework or process for determining the kinds of organizations that are most likely to litigate against a third-party vendor, or be targeted by litigation naming that vendor as e.g. a defendant or party to a lawsuit? [more inside]
I'll potentially be working for a small start-up coding as an independent contractor. I need to create a time estimate for the project and quote a pay rate to them. I'm new to contracting though, so I have no idea how to go about this. [more inside]
My city has been re-writing its zoning code. There has been a lively debate about proposals to allow higher buildings in select areas, and about how doing so -- or not doing so -- would affect other areas in the city. Some argue as if there is a finite amount of 'pressure' to develop, and that if this pressure isn't relieved by up-zoning in the select areas, the other areas will experience more undesirable development than they would if the pressure were relieved. Is this really how it works? [more inside]
How do I keep growing while working a boring desk job? [more inside]
Will this be good for XCode development, and can it drive two WQXGA (2560x1600) monitors reasonably well (no gaming)? [more inside]
If you work at a forwarding thinking company that builds software, what does your process and tooling look like? I realize this is a big question, but I am very interested in how teams are working these days. Starting from an idea, how do you go about discovering, analyzing / estimating, planning / tracking, building, testing, deploying, and documenting your software? [more inside]
I need to find a wireless connected scale to measure objects, none of them very heavy. The scale needs to have an API with which to retrieve the weight readings. For various reasons, including system compatibility and short timescales, I'd prefer to use the Fitbit Aria if at all possible. However, it looks like the minimum weight for accurate readings is 9kg. Can anyone tell me anything about how accurate the Fitbit Aria is *in practice* for weighing items lighter than this?
Let's say, for the sake of argument, that I've had a midlife crisis and decided to dedicate my life to creating uninspired exurban developments . . . [more inside]
Asking for an aid worker/activist friend, to whom I suggested she might want to start a podcast. This would be a podcast about issues and experiences to do with international aid worker & development work -it will probably done in a personal anecdotes/opinions/debates interview-y/chatty format. [more inside]
I have several sessions of leadership coaching for free. Great! Now what do I use them for? [more inside]
I am taking a class in ASP.NET web forms to make web sites after learning how to make web sites using front end tools with MVC for server stuff. Everything I'm doing seems at odds with what I've learned in the past. I'd like to know how web forms are used by professionals doing actual work. [more inside]
Awesome software engineering managers, what has made you successful? I am working with a Dev manager and my gut tells me our process is broken and teams are not working to their potential. The current manager is spouting the benefits of Kanban and has removed any of the normal Agile stuff ( storypoints, retros, sprints ). Last quarter they completely missed on the Roadmap and the team seems disengaged. Leadership is scared to lose talent and is coddling our engineering team. Help me instill a lightweight process and culture than gets results and keeps people happy. What is working for you?
When I was about 20 I had an performing arts teacher who told me that my body was going through some important metamorphosis, and that another important transformation will occur when I am 27. Well, I'm now 29, and I think I have observed that transformation in myself and in many of my close friends... [more inside]
I'm a software developer with several years of experience under my belt. Lately, I've been working with lots of Java code, but have very little formal Java training. Unfortunately, most of the resources that I've found seem to target people with little/no programming experience OR lots of basic Java experience. Can anybody recommend books or other resources that teach Java, from the perspective of a developer who is already experienced with OOP and other C-style languages? [more inside]
This is not my strong suit and I want to avoid being misleading. I have narrowed down to two formats, and I need help picking one. I have over-analyzed this to the point that I can't even figure out what I prefer. [more inside]
Which articles, written before and as "shock therapy" economic liberalization policies were being implemented in Russia, have best been borne out over time? [more inside]
I’m trying to figure out the best way into nonprofit work, ideally grant writing and development. Most of my work history has been in retail and food service, but I’ve been volunteering for a tiny Friends of the Library group for the past year. Where should I be looking for work? Americorps? Keep refreshing Idealist.org like a madwoman? [more inside]
I noticed that a lot of famous web development companies and professionals have listed several Drupal and Wordpress-based websites as part of their online portfolios. If a web developer set up a client's website using an already existing theme on one of these CMSs, does it still count as a portfolio piece?
I can't find work in my field and am increasingly desperate. I need to find some kind of path to employment and have been looking at my options in my local community college. Can you all help me make sense of IT as a career option? [more inside]
I'm looking for engaging videos (or websites, or accessible articles) that are critical of international development practices like voluntourism, etc. Humor is a bonus. [more inside]
I'm not hard-working. I am ambivalent about most things in general. There's nothing I really like doing per se. I have never taken the time to develop any special talents or interest and I wasn't endowed with any naturally. I really just occasionally do what I should and then spend the rest of my time doing....nothing. I feel like I have no personality and no goals and it's causing me a lot of problems. [more inside]
I'm currently developing 32 ebooks and 32 apps for a Kickstarter, and I'm having a bit of trouble keeping track of all 64 threads. I'm starting to get a better feel for all of the steps involved in developing each of these products, and so I'm wondering if there are tools that might help me keep track of progress on all fronts, keep everyone on task, etc. Alternatively, are there people or services that specialize in this sort of thing and can monitor all the threads of the project and make sure everything is always progressing in some way? [more inside]
For most of my career I've just floated downstream taking a position that seemed interesting enough, or at least an improvement - and then found myself unhappy when it wasn't a good fit. I want to be more intentional in my job search this time - I'm hoping the wise folks of green might have some ideas of industries and jobs I should be researching. [more inside]
What are teenagers, and college-age kids calling each other when they are trying to flirt? [more inside]
Do we need another database in addition to the CMS to accomplish this? Can you help a non-developer understand. Can you help me explain it properly? [more inside]
I've been tossed into the deep end of a large continuous software-development project. Agile software development processes? Development, System Testing, Acceptance Testing and Production? Separated Presentation (Web) Tier, Application Tier, and Data Tier server environments? ITIL Best-practices?? What BOOKS do you recommend so I can get a handle on all this stuff? [more inside]
I run a small web development consultancy, but we're being commoditized and priced out of business. What should we morph into? [more inside]
I am finding British social entrepreneurs and charity leads to be very timid about expansion for expansion's sake. I am trying to find more compelling global voices who have shared an urban development idea in an open source way. Not at all in an IT sense, I should add. Bonus if it has zero to do with lending with interest.
I've been making the transition into international development and am looking to join a relevant association. Which should I join? [more inside]
I'm trying to help my team establish an automated workflow for managing WordPress sites (themes, plugins, databases, the whole shebang). This is going to be a long journey and I need advice on what tools will give us the easiest entry point to a long-term solution. Capistrano? Grunt? Other? Lots of special details inside. [more inside]
I am currently working my dream job in the Advancement/Development office of my alma mater. I've only been there four months, but I love it and they are already talking about promoting me! Yay! The only problem is that I need to earn Masters degree if I want to travel the career trajectory my boss plans for me. I have applied and been accepted at a relatively good Higher Education Administration graduate program with a concentration in fundraising management, and am due to start a summer class in just a few weeks, but I am feeling unsure. [more inside]
The property behind our subdivision is large (~6 acres) and has been sold to a developer. Developer wants to put in 92 townhomes. I'm all for people doing what they want with their property, but this will have a great impact on our homes. We have a small creek that can't handle that much runoff. This neighborhood will have one entrance/exit for the 92 homes and back up traffic on our road. They will fell a lot of trees. My house might lose value. Any ideas? City council meeting is tonight.
I have the unexpected opportunity to devote time to an online course of study for the next one to two years at no cost (I'll still be working my fulltime job, though). Rather than provide guidance and potentially narrow the responses, I'd like to know what specific course of study you would take in this instance and why. [more inside]
Could anyone point me to either (1) any recent books or studies that extensively discuss the role of parliaments and other legislative bodies in state building and reconstruction in developing countries, particularly post-conflict ones like Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan; or (2) any evaluations or assessments of development programs to strengthen legislatures that do not rely exclusively on qualitative methods or anecdotes but incorporate experimental, quasi-experimental, RCT or other quantitative evaluation methods? [more inside]
I recently learned that the brain starts out with a lot of fluid intelligence (the ability to acquire new skills and knowledge) which decreases as time goes on. I'm 21, and it has reduced a bit already—but it's never too late to start. How can I take the most advantage of this and build the right foundation for my brain while I'm still young? [more inside]
What are real-life examples of experiences that are 'shortcuts' to accomplishing something, even though they might be very difficult because of the required intensity? For example, military training supposedly develops a kind of physical and mental discipline that would take a civilian longer to acquire. Rapid learning techniques that allow someone to learn several languages faster than most people learn one is another example. What are others?
What books/resources on childhood brain development will best inform my work as a teacher and curriculum writer for young learners? (explanation after the jump) [more inside]
My 8 year old is showing some odd behavior - is this a phase, personality, or something that needs professional attention? [more inside]