Handling errors is an essential skill

/ Coding Stories / Opinion

I’ve met tons of developers who would not do error handling because of fear of it being too much. Here’s a short list of reasons: We’re going to write too much boilerplate because the properties are too deeply nested. The code will look ugly. Why write a ton of if statements? The server always returns that response, why bother? Why validate this input — it’s declared as type="number" in the DOM so it only takes numbers. Read more

A Markdown Story

/ Productivity / Opinion

It’s 2014 All my colleagues are writing their Bachelor’s Degree paper in LaTeX1. Or MSWord… 🤮 I’m doing it in Markdown, mostly because LaTeX looks too verbose for me. And I’m not that smart anyway. I was never the brightest bulb in the chandelier, to begin with. So, back to LaTeX: too verbose, too many keywords. Looks like the type of thing highly skilled academics use to flex their look-at-how-many-format-specifiers-I-can-pull-from-memory muscles. Read more

🚨 Proper conduct when shopping for web design or development services

/ Business advice / Opinion

🛑 Stop asking for a price You are not buying potatoes at the farmers market! Think about it as if you were buying a pair of custom designer shoes. You may ask, and get a starting price, but that’s it. The rest depends on the model, materials required, adjustments made to the shoes to fit you, the deadline, as well as the number of orders the designer already has & can take. Read more

Be yourself all the time so you don't have to be someone else

/ Entrepreneurship / Opinion

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything!” “Act natural and you’ll never have to pretend to be someone else.” The first quote is from Mark Twain (supposedly). The second is my interpretation, applied to communication, both online and offline. I replied to a comment earlier and Twain’s quote came to mind. The discussion was around my blunt communication methods, and lack of staging and scripts. ⬇️ Below is a link to the video the comment was about. Read more

I removed some apps from my phone...

/ Opinion

I keep seeing a lot of posts from people complaining about how social media is destroying their life and attention. Some of them have started disabling notifications, others quit cold turkey and delete their accounts, while others more just uninstall their apps. In the past, I also did it. I disabled notifications or uninstalled apps. Actually, in the past year I never allowed any app to send notifications, just because “it said so”. Read more

On the importance of visualization

/ Opinion

I’m thinking of blogging like in the old days. Back when people used to blog whenever something happened. This is what made it so unique, because it was like online journaling. And I love journaling! So today I’m going to write about something that helps me a lot in my day to day life. That’s visualization! Not the kind you find in self-help books. I don’t imagine myself to be a millionaire, then tell myself that I deserve all the riches of the world to come to me and then they come. Read more

12 things about JavaScript business owners and recruiters MUST know

/ Opinion / Business advice

Don’t you just hate it when you’re totally outside the loop when you need to hire a JavaScript developer?! Here’s a short list of concepts and keywords and the simplest explanation I could muster for each. Know these things and you will be able to make far more informed decisions (and you won’t piss your candidates off, in the process). 1. It’s JavaScript, not Java Script TL;DR Java is to JavaScript what car is to carpet. Read more

Does reading in a foreign language affect learning?

/ Quora / Opinion

This is not the usual type of article you’d expect from me. It’s a more detailed description for a question I asked on Quora — Does reading in a foreign language affect learning?. The point is that I’m not sure if and how does reading in a foreign language affect learning. How does it affect what you recall from what you read? I’m asking the question because I’ve been monitoring my progress on various books and it always seemed that I’m better at remembering details from the ones written in Romanian rather than English or French. Read more

My fear of publishing

/ Opinion

Here’s a funny story: I have around 70 unpublished articles in various stages of evolution — from only an outline and a title all the way to fully fledged articles. I also have four book ideas out of which two are almost done, five or so courses that are fully outlined as well as a host of product ideas. Now, I’m not saying all of them are good. I’m not the first or the last person with a highly active brain. Read more

Blasphemy! Multiple microservices, shared database.

/ Opinion

Here are some of my thoughts on microservices. It’s a small rant, but if you bare with me, you’ll also get some value from it. We’ve come to believe that some microservices rules are set in stone. The microservices cargo-cult is getting bigger and bigger. You need to have 30 services and each of them should be no bigger than a couple of functions. You shouldn’t use a single database for multiple services. Read more

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