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5 Lessons From LivingSocial CTO and Co-Founder Aaron Batalion

24 Oct

Yesterday, I attended at talk by CTO and Co-Founder of LivingSocial Aaron Batalion at Dev Bootcamp. Here are some amazing lessons I walked away with:

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How Pair Programming Is Like A Slap In The Face

20 Oct

So this guy  actually hired a girl from Craigslist to sit next to him all day and slap him in the face every time he went on Facebook or some other distracting site. While this may seem extreme, his productivity QUADRUPLED. He had two big conclusions from this experiment that I’d like to point out:

“If you add a social element to the work that you do, you will become more productive”


“Having another pair of eyes to go over my content drastically improved the quality of my work.”

Sound familiar?

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Making A Simple App Takes A Serious Commitment

7 Oct

Even since I started working with Rails, I’ve been looking to build “simple” apps that would only take me a week or even a weekend to finish. The problem is that an app is never truly finished. And it is much easier to start an app than to actually finish it.

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Doing Something Crazy

6 Oct

I feel like I’m the luckiest person in the world. When I graduated from Dev Bootcamp, I got two job offers that I was extremely excited about…

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Cost Of 4 Year CS Degree: $0

30 Sep

I’m pretty angry after reading this anti self-learning article by a Northwestern School of Engineering professor Mark Werwath, in which Werwath claims that Dev Bootcamp and other similar program graduates will not be able to have long-term careers as software engineers.

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Should Your Girlfriend Learn To Code?

25 Sep

It’s funny, but since I started learning to code, I’ve had more than a few guys ask me to talk to their girlfriends / wives about learning to code. Cosmo, take note… This is what guys actually want!

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Take Ownership Of Your Own Growth

13 Sep

When I started my first job after graduating college, I didn’t think much about creating my own learning path outside of work. In school, the learning path is set for you. All you have to do is show up.

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