Five Short Links: 19 April 2018

  1. Python as a Philosophy: my talk at PyCon Canada 2017 was reposted by the Coding Tech channel on YouTube, 4600+ views and counting!
  2. Gamers are apparently very strong candidates for cybersecurity careers:

    Gamification, or the concept of applying elements of game-playing to non-game activities, is growing in importance as a tool to help drive a higher performing cybersecurity organization. Within organizations that hold gamification exercises, hackathons, capture-the-flag, red team-blue team or bug bounty programs are the most common, and almost all (96 percent) of those that use gamification in the workplace report seeing benefits.

  3. Don’t sabotage your career! is the message from the book The Right And Wrong Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made And Unmade by Carter Cast:

    Cast: The most striking piece of research I found is that people who have an inaccurate self-assessment, who don’t have high self-awareness, derail. They get fired or demoted six times more frequently than people that have an accurate self-conception. It’s not about thinking that you’re great at everything. People who understand what they are good at can move around their weaknesses or the fact that they have a vulnerability. People who think they’re good at too many things or have a difficult time facing the music end up failing six times more frequently than those with accurate self-conception.

  4. How can you come up with great ideas? Think like an entrepreneur:

    Paying attention to how you compensate for missing functionality, or where you get frustrated using an item, will teach you to start focusing on problems that can be solved. As you hone in on these problems over time, you will start to see opportunities that could be turned into new products or even companies.

  5. 13 Life-Changing Habits To Try And Do Every Single Day (this is a bit of an outlier but developers, especially free/open source developers, need to get into the habit of thinking about more than just coding):

    Find True Quiet— Every single day you should find a way to disconnect and unplug, even for a few minutes. I try to swim as often as I can, not only for the exercise but because nothing can get to me there. I don’t have my phone. There’s no noise. Just calmness and peace. Ask yourself: How often am I unreachable? The answer is: Not often enough. Build some of this time into your daily practice. You’ll be better for it. And the world will not notice, I promise.

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