How you can start today to see your wallet getting bigger with your coding skills.

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Coding is not enough.

That’s what you as a developer may have thought counting digits at the end of every month. Coding is a well-paid profession, but more money never hurts, especially during a pandemic.

If you have ever wondered how to make more money with the coding skills you have, I’ve written this guide for you.

Please note: I decided to leave out side-hustles like freelancing or building applications because those are extremely risky or won’t probably pay you before a long time. …


How to choose your next move in your career, and turn it for the better

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Do you want to change your developer’s career for the better in 2021?

Maybe you want to move to a better-paying position. Or maybe you want to switch to a company working with the latest technologies.

I believe that improving your position as a developer is always possible. You just need to gain the right knowledge. The one that companies are looking for, the one that is the most paid and that fills out the Glassdoor jobs announcements.

“When I began my developer’s career, I was working with a lot of legacy projects involving Java. …


Make your daily code look amazing

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Your code is art, and you can make it look beautiful the way art should be.

I believe that we can all benefit in terms of satisfaction when we see our work look beautiful and elegant. And today, I’m here to bring you some of my favourites themes ideas for your vs code editor to accomplish such an eye-pleasing task.

Night Owl (My personal choice)

For myself, I’ve always wanted a good looking graphic theme, mandatorily using a dark palette, but without colours being extremely bright to disturb my eyes.

I found all of these characteristics in the theme Night Owl, which you can see down below. …


How to waste less time and tremendously increase your productivity

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Imagine what your daily work would look like if you were able not to waste a single minute of your time while coding.

I guess you could finish a lot more tasks, be more productive. You could spend more time on the quality of your code and on learning new stuff. I believe such a level of productivity might also guarantee you a promotion in the future.

Unfortunately, not wasting a single minute of your time spent coding is impossible. But you can always improve the way you manage it. And get very close to a full productive day.

Let’s see some techniques to achieve this. …


4 ideas to make you a top-class performer without long study nights

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True winners build themselves during their practice time.

That’s something you might have recognized yourself when looking at masterclass performers. You see them doing something and you think to yourself:

I wonder how much this person practised for achieving this”.

Coding is no exception to this rule. And if you want to be a top performer too, you have to include daily practice of your skills in your life.

Let’s see how you can easily do that with the following list.

You Should Always Have A New Goal And Work Toward It

This is a very personal belief I have, and it’s something that guides me through my life every day. I feel like people always need to set a new goal in their mind. …


How faith in the wrong principles can prevent you from growing as a professional

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I’m packing all my stuff to go back to working smart. As I turn off my computer, I catch a glimpse of the calendar. It’s November 5. Today marks my third year of working as a professional developer.

I look at all the empty chairs close to my cubicle and I can’t avoid thinking of all the things I’ve learned so far. But I don’t feel heavier under the weight of my increased knowledge. Instead, I feel lighter because I know I have abandoned a lot of false beliefs I had about this amazing profession over these three years.

1. Programmers Should Know Everything

When I was a teenager learning how to code, my teacher would give me homework exercises to practice my skills. And I remember the huge effort I would make every single time not to look online to check out how other coders confronted such a problem. I felt embarrassed to not know everything about programming — even the little nuances. …


Build your personal, science-based music collection to increase your productivity by 30%

How the right music can improve your coding productivity
How the right music can improve your coding productivity
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Did you know that music helped to win WW2?

I’m referring to the magical effects of a UK government program called “Music While You Work”. Launched in 1940 with the idea of broadcasting cheerful music in factories twice a day to boost the overall morale of its workers, improving their productivity to get the army the munitions they needed.

The program was a hit. With managers from all over the country citing how much more productive their factories had become. Even up to 15% more. …


How not to turn your first 2 years of coding into a complete disaster

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My first two years as a software professional were a complete disaster, and it was all my fault.

I didn’t have clear in my mind how I should have behaved, and what was really expected from me. That’s why I was so unsuccessful in being a developer at the time. And I can now still clearly remember how all those first 2 years of experience always ended up: with me desperately trying to leave a company office for the other, trying to start again.

Only now, in my current position, I have been able to look back and connect the dots on all I did wrong, and how I could have done and behaved differently. …


Improve your productivity with these emotional tips

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Sitting in front of a computer and “just code” is not always that easy. We are humans too, with worry days and tired mornings. Programming is such an emotional game to win. You have to control yourself to disclose your concentration abilities and get the job done.

Think about all you’re asking yourself for when you’re doing it:

  • Study a problem and ideate a solution for it.
  • Manage DRY principles, maintenance, scalability and simplicity.
  • Try not to get distracted when you have Google ready to answer any dumb questions you might have at that moment.
  • Work under the pressure of an incoming deadline. …


How I stopped distractions from taking over and potentially ruining my career

Man coding in a dark room.
Man coding in a dark room.
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“When there’s an elephant in the room, you can’t pretend it isn’t there and just discuss the ants.” — Ellen Wittlinger

This is my first ever article where I put the word “I” in evidence, as focus on readers is my main mission. But with the hard times we are all going through during this pandemic, I felt that giving a cookie-cutter solution to very personal problems wasn’t fair.

Today, I just want to draw attention to what has been my process over the last six months to dealing with negative emotions while I’m sitting in front of a computer trying to code. …

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Piero Borrelli

Software developer for the Wifi industry. Burning keyboards with JavaScript code. Defenceless talking about the ups and downs of the developer’s life.

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