Side Projects for Software Developers: Tools and Practices

Here we are! This is the second article from my series explaining how to succeed with your side projects. The first part is here. I’m sure by know you read the first part every time you go to bed so you won’t have difficulties to link it to this article. If not, I would advise you to read it. Otherwise the benefit you can get from this article won’t be as valuable. »

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Side Projects for Software Developers: 10 Steps From Creation to Launch

Last update: 2018-09-09 It’s 2am. Your eyes are tired, you know you’re coding nonsense but you can’t look away from your computer. With a shacking hand you catch a bottle containing a mix of sugar and caffeine. This horrible bug in your code won’t let you in peace till you destroy it. You spent five hours non stop on it. But still, you don’t see the end of the nightmare. »

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PHP Code Quality Tools to Check and Improve your Code

Oh no! Your boss asked you to fix a bug which crash the company’s website on production. As quick as a jaguar you open the classes responsible of the maelstrom. They were coded by Dave, your colleague developer. The classes are full of formatting errors, poor indentation and weird one letter variables. There are so many dependencies you need to scroll down for minutes to escape the bloated constructor. »

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The DRY Principle: Its Cost Explained with Examples

Last update: 2018-08-09 I know what you are thinking: “Again a boring article on DRY? Don’t we have enough already?”. You might be right. However I see too many developers (junior or senior) applying DRY like they are doing some witch hunting. Totally randomly or everywhere they can. So apparently we never have enough DRY principle articles on Internet. A little reminder for those in the back who don’t follow: the DRY principle means “Don’t Repeat Yourself” and was first introduced in the The Pragmatic Programmer. »

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10 Tips to Become a Good or Even Better Web Developer

Last update: 2018-06-24 I had a dream! This dream was to write an article with a title beginning by “10 tips to…”. I don’t normally like them so much (yes, they are often pure clickbait) but let’s face it, humans like lists. That’s why we have the ul tag in HTML. You are a web developer and you want to improve? Improvement is indeed something you should have in mind: it will make your work much more enjoyable and your boss happier. »

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