Today: How to ease in novice developers, why one banker quit his job to learn programming, Mozilla and Foxconn team up for Firefox OS Devices. Plus: The first porn app for Google Glass (safe for work link).
In this talk, Dave will strive to make sense of the impact the Lean Startup Movement (of which 500 Startups and its portfolio companies are great fans of) has had on entrepreneurship, particularly in Silicon Valley, where Dave is based.
On the whole I'm in favor of using copyright in this way - as one who writes a lot of prose describing software development, the mechanism seems to fit well. But that fit breaks down when it comes to interfaces of software components.
Generally, I want to tell all these people the same thing. If you really enjoy the work and want to be successful in the business for a long time, you should try to make decisions, think like, and become an engineer’s engineer.
As they say, with great power comes great responsibility. It was a shock to the system to have this level of autonomy. I've worked in various types of company over the 15 years people have paid me to develop code, but nothing prepared me for this.
Strategic work is difficult. It requires thought and discussion. Tactical work is difficult in a different way. Tactical work often demands answers quickly. Strategic work, assuming you don’t postpone it and create management debt should take longer because reflection is a good thing for strategic work.
In many cases (but not all) these quick solutions are built without regard for business logic reuse. This is not as important for one off apps but if they are part of a group of related apps this can be more of an overriding factor.