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How to Hold Attention While Presenting Remotely

In 2020, if you’re giving a tech talk, chances are it’s not in person. You’re using something like Zoom, Hangouts, Skype, YouTube or StreamYard. This is generally a good thing: it allows others to learn from you despite a raging pandemic, and it also makes it easier for people in remote places to participate. But […]

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You’re not building a career, you’re playing it

Success is always a product of two things: luck and effort. Nobody became successful because of sheer luck and zero effort. Nobody became successful because of sheer effort, and no luck. Remember, luck can come in many ways. My parents weren’t dirt-poor — luck. My parents weren’t rich — luck (I believe rich upbringing often […]

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Generics for Beginners

Generics look scary. At least they looked scary to me when I first started seeing them in code, not knowing what they were. All those List<int> and Foo<T> just don’t seem too friendly to an untrained eye. But they are everywhere, and they are very useful. Here’s an attempt to explain generic types in the […]