When to Stop Learning New Programming Languages

For a little more than a year now, I have spent a significant amount of time learning new programming languages and frameworks. With each new language/framework, there’s a chance that the value I receive will be greater than any of the languages/frameworks I have learned thus far. However, the opposite is also true. Read more on When to Stop Learning New Programming Languages…

Bringing Rails-Like Migrations to JavaScript with Knex.js

The one thing you can count on with any software project is that requirements are going to change. The severity of these changes varies, but a change in requirements can necessitate major changes to the overall application structure and potentially alter the database schema.

Have no fear! This is what database migrations are for, aren’t they? If you’re working in a Rails app, you can quickly generate a migration file, specifying the columns that you want to create/drop and the way the data that is currently in the database should change to adapt to the new schema.
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Escaping the South Indian Monkey Trap

When I joined Atomic Object, one of the first books that I read was The Passionate Programmer by Chad Fowler. In this book, Fowler shares his collection of tips and tricks for becoming an exemplary programmer. As an entry-level software developer, I found many of these tips incredibly helpful, but the one that stuck with me the most was called The South Indian Monkey Trap.
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