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If We Solve the Software Generalist Anti-Pattern, Who Writes the Code?

I am, strangely, not an expert in my own history.  Chronicling my own exploits through digests and Prime Photos have helped somewhat in this regard, but I nevertheless struggle to remember the sequence of my life. So I think it was 2015 when I was writing about the tales of Emma in Developer...

Employment Teaches You How Not to be a Free Agent: You Have Stuff to Unlearn

Recently, I was doing something that occupies a surprising amount of my time these days: using LinkedIn for lead gen.  This involves researching companies, connecting with people, and, occasionally, consuming LinkedIn. It was in that latter capacity that I stumbled across this post, from Jonathan...

Staff Augmentation is as Staff Augmentation Does

I'm in the process of drafting a post entitled "What Do You Know That People Would Pay You For?"  But what I'll put here in this post, combined with the material for that one, are shaping up to be long.  So I think I can carve off an initial, coherent point here about staff augmentation. That one...

You Should Change the Reason People Pay You

Quick -- what's the reason people pay you?  Don't ponder.  Just freeze the first thing that comes into your mind. It's probably something like this, especially if you're a salaried programmer. I have a valuable skill that's in high demand: programming. On a surface level, I can't really argue...

Coding as the Boss: My Story of Developer Hegemony

Last night (this morning), I clicked "publish" at about 3 AM and went to bed.  Now, those of you who follow this blog probably assume that I clicked "publish" in Wordpress, firing off a 3 AM blog post. Not so. I did this in Visual Studio, where I published a little web app called El Dorado to...