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Back in the early 2000’s when I was attending university and working towards a degree in Computer Science, very few people in the public domain really knew what programming was. I didn’t really know what coding was myself either. Though I had dabbed with a Python script or two during my high school days, I still lacked much of the context that is needed to be able to actually develop a real-world product.

It took 5 long years and hundreds of 2 hour long lectures to sort of get an idea of this whole programming thing. And even then, it…


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The very first coding interview that I took part in was sometime in the early 2000’s while I was attending college. I still remember it clearly. It was for a web development agency with around 5 employees and the building resembled a kind of makeshift office in a shipping container.

After a brief 1 on 1 chat with the hiring manager, I was given a test to complete. A physical 10 page multiple choice test with a few fill in the answer style questions. I then submitted it, much like I would in a high school class, and went home…


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10. Imposter syndrome..no more?

Outside of years of hard work and falling down a million times and getting back up, there is no cure for feeling inadequate. If you are new to anything, then you should feel like you don’t know it. It’s not a syndrome, it’s just life. Telling yourself that you do know it isn’t going to help you learn it any faster. And taking on tasks for your employer that you know for a fact you cannot do isn’t good for anyone.

After 20 years I can say that I don’t feel like an imposter anymore. Or at least, I stopped…


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By software engineering standards, ASP.NET Web Forms can be considered old school. Perhaps I’m aging myself with that statement, but its true. From a software perspective, even 10 years begins to show its age. I started to use Web Forms the year after they were introduced by Microsoft in 2003.

Most of my college years were spent in Web Forms and around 80% of my professional career has revolved around them as well. Needless to say, I have a history. And I enjoy it for the most part. That’s not something that I typically say about frameworks. I have also…


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I began writing on Medium in June of 2020, as did many other folks that were stuck at home and looking for hobbies to keep them preoccupied. Truthfully though, I created my account years before that and just never found the time to write something down that I thought people would want to read. I wrote down plenty of drafts and titles, but not much else.

So when I decided to take it more seriously in June, I went all in pretty much. I’ve written on my own personal tech blog for years now. But Medium is a different kind…


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Simulation theory has gained vast popularity during the past few years thanks in part to notable films such as The Matrix and Inception. While the old notion of a simulation had more to do with subjective perceptions and psychological bias, the new current model casts aside the biological and psychological for the more digital.

“A Glitch in the Matrix” is the latest documentary attempting to tackle the uncomfortable feeling that we have all had at some point in our lives. That splinter in the mind that we can’t get rid of, and that frankly, might be the only reason why…


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Fiverr is an online marketplace where designers, programmers, writers, lawyers and pretty much anybody with a particular skill can offer it for a price. It’s free to sign up and you can start selling your work within minutes typically. I signed up years ago mainly out of curiosity, however did not really take it too seriously until some time in 2020, when most of the world shifted to the digital space for employment.

Once I decided to commit, I cleaned up my profile, made some eye-catching thumbnails and measured engagement daily. …


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Most modern business books these days attempt to break down what a successful business should look like by splitting the process into many smaller steps. They then create a kind of roadmap for you to follow and leave you the work of molding the steps to fit your particular needs.

Step 1, hire the right people. Step 2, be diligent. Step 3, keep going. Execute those steps however you wish. It’s a tried and true method that people seem to enjoy. Whether it yields a high success rate is up for debate. …


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If you listen to any self-help coach, entrepreneur, billionaire, psychic, etc there is one piece of advice that you will hear and hear often, but one that nobody can execute well on. Otherwise, we would not be online reading about how to properly set goals in life month after month.

That technique, is to learn to visualize that life that you desire until the atoms come together and coalesce into matter. The more that you think about something, the higher the likelihood of it happening. Right? Every time I’ve done this though, I’ve always felt a bit off. Like somehow…


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While there is no magical key phrase (as far as I know) that can instantly calm us down and turn us into mindful human beings, there are words that sometimes people tell us that linger long after they are said and that can have powerful effects on the way we live our lives.

This story is about 4 of those words that were told to me on a particular day just before I walked out of the door. …

Walter Guevara

Sr. Programmer. Coding blogger. Former startup CTO. Los Angeles native. Future sci-fi author. www.thatsoftwaredude.com

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