It might be less than you think

Back in 2014 I started my blogging career with a very simple concept. I wanted a blog catered to programmers and web developers in which I would essentially just answer questions all day long. I wrote daily, published weekly, coded nightly and did it mainly as a hobby. For the first couple of years, I made zero dollars.

I also ran it with zero ads of any kind during this time, so the lack of finance was really my fault. I was against ads back in the day. The internet should be free and for the people. …


I’ve been a professional blogger for over 6 years now. I’ve written over 600 articles related to software development, replied to thousands of messages and comments, and changed layouts and themes more times than I would care to admit and I have been hit (and helped) by search engine algorithm updates along the way.

In all of that, plenty of mistakes have been made that if someone pointed out earlier I could have easily avoided. But then again, then I wouldn’t have this wonderful article to write if that were the case. …


The theory that we are all living in some kind of artificial digital reality isn’t anything new. Books have been written about it, movies have been filmed about it and religious texts have been loosely translated to maybe imply it. But none of these things are really provable. You will never reach a satisfying end living in speculation. At least I won’t.

And I think it’s because we made up a rather complex and convoluted “simulation” that we are trying to prove exists. We are looking for the wires or the flicker in the sky or the cat that walks…


If you haven’t seen “Sound of Metal” yet, then I implore you to stop reading and to go watch it. You’ll have to be an Amazon Prime Member as it is an Amazon Prime exclusive movie, but they offer enough free trials where you might be able to watch it for free.

I recently sat down to watch it, somewhat hesitantly as it didn’t seem like my type of film. It seemed very artsy and not quite about metal, which as a metal fun is disappointing. But after reading the rave reviews that people gave the film, more specifically, the…


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You often hear stories of office employees working 100 plus hours in a week in order to meet the demands of their companies. Getting asked whether you are okay working extra hours before you even start at a company is too often the case. But it’s a tricky balance to say the least and one that can often lead to some level of what we call burnout.

Burnout in it of itself is a term that tends to get used much too liberally these days. It is mainly used to imply some level of dissatisfaction or discomfort with ones current…


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On an almost weekly basis I get approached, through some online digital profile that I created years ago, to build someone their future billion dollar startup idea. I’m a past technical co-founder, I get it. Typically the ritualistic dance involves a copy and pasted message with my name being the only manual change made and a collection of fanciful words such as ‘futuristic’ or ‘game-changing’ thrown into the mix.

In the past I would respond to most of these messages with a ‘Thanks for reaching out, let’s set up a meeting’. Mainly out of curiosity, but also because I do…


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…


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…


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…


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…

Walter Guevara

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

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