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Roger

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#677076 Happy Holidays!

Posted by Roger on 24 December 2014 - 05:33 PM

Hello Codecallers!
 
We would like to thank each of you for participating on Codecall and enriching us with your questions and discussions this year!
 
Here is a quick recap of what our Codecall community has done in 2014:
 
  • Over 2,472,630 visitors to the site
  • They came from over 230 different countries!
  • Best month in March, with over 310k visitors

How were Codecallers like in 2014?

 

Top 10 visiting countries

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We're a relatively young bunch!

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17.8% female - industry average??

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What we enjoy doing

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How visitors found us

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We're a social bunch

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Top search terms

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In 2014, our most popular topics, based on views:
 
Tag cloud of our top 50 most popular topics
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And our most interesting discussions, based on comments:
 
 
Lastly, in September, we took over content from another programming-related blog and integrated them into our own (temporary) Wordpress blog, hosted on http://codecall.net. So far, the performance of the blog has been great, so we are looking to expand on that effort in 2015.
 
All in all, we had a tremendous 2014 and it wouldn't have been possible without you!
 
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year! Hopefully, Santa will be extra good to you. Enjoy your holidays!
 
Sincerely,
Codecall Team

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#670133 [Video] Kathy Sierra: Creating the minimum badass user

Posted by Roger on 17 April 2014 - 10:57 AM

Glad you liked it! As a technical product guy, it really realigned how I'm seeing the product and prioritizing the features on my roadmap.

 

Another interesting one I saw yesterday about ADD/depression w.r.t. developers, etc.:

 

http://businessofsof...are-conference/


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#669829 [Video] Kathy Sierra: Creating the minimum badass user

Posted by Roger on 07 April 2014 - 09:51 AM

Great video I watched recently and wanted to share with you. Sorry I couldn't embed the Vimeo directly.

 

http://businessofsof...ct-development/

 

What are you building now? Need some ideas on how we can apply this to your product?


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#669708 Codecall IRC?

Posted by Roger on 02 April 2014 - 02:21 PM

For #1 - I had the reputation plugin showing previously, but due to too much customization on IPBoard I was told to remove them all and add them back in individually. I think by having a hosted solution, we're a bit limited in server resource. My plan is to move CC to a cloud VPS so that we can use all the resources we need. That'll be a mid-summer/late-summer thing for me (added to todo list!)

 

For #2 - You're right! We are getting less question. I'm not sure why because we have almost the same amount of activity (visits), but less new questions. Do you think that since we moved General Programming up to the top, people are not digging into the sub-forums to ask the language-specific questions? As an admin, I'm very curious about this all the time, but there is no way for me to know...


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#669428 New community moderator: Kadence!

Posted by Roger on 25 March 2014 - 09:12 PM

Check out the announcement here: http://forum.codecal...erator-kadence/


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#668197 For all our would-be entrepeneurs

Posted by Roger on 10 February 2014 - 09:28 PM

Great article! I also think that more people have ideas than know how to code, so they inevitably need to ask a developer to execute on their idea. I have like 3-5 ideas weekly just in the shower or running! :) Personally, I'm not a big fan of asking people to do work for free, since I know time is very valuable for me!

 

Speaking of testing the water before launching a "site" or "service", I am in the midst of putting something together off of a new domain I got. Before starting development, I'm planning to put together a landing page to see if the idea gets any traction. I did some research and found that sites like Launchpad and KickoffLabs both offer very easy to setup landing pages to test your value proposition! For KickoffLabs, they also offer a 10-day email course on how to refine your idea and think about how to market your site before you even get started. The goal of doing this first is to get a good list of interested users before you even launch and, hopefully, convert them quickly by emailing them when you're live!


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#662314 What's happened to Member Interviews?

Posted by Roger on 30 July 2013 - 02:51 PM

O: I'd love to help in some way, if possible ^^; I can't promise you I'd be on non-stop, but I'll make myself available.  As for the member interviews, I read a few of them yesterday and they were really good! The guest interviews were also quite nice, gives you a sense that you're seeing a personal side of an important person, because of the accomplishments they have. Reminds you that programs and such don't just 'appear' out of midair, and that there are normal people behind it.

 

Depending on your background(s), you want to team up with Evan to do something? And BenW and I can help from the mod/admin side.


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#657540 Experience with private servers?

Posted by Roger on 26 April 2013 - 07:08 AM

Okay, I'll make sure to keep that in mind. I was thinking for the top100 list to somehow figure out the speed and quality of each server so that users can pick the best servers to visit. Right now, there are many off-line or half-baked servers, which kind of wastes the users time.


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#657508 Experience with private servers?

Posted by Roger on 25 April 2013 - 09:43 PM

The site I'm getting already has a domain, but gamecall.net does sound good! Maybe that can be the forum domain! :P


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#652705 VB.NET from Beginner to Advanced Tutorials

Posted by Roger on 19 February 2013 - 11:26 AM

Welcome to the VB.NET tutorial series: "VB.NET from beginner to advanced programmer" (by Vswe) which will take you from the very beginning to some more advanced concepts.

 

VB.NET is a good first language for new programmers so this 21 part long series is written for completely beginners but it will also works perfectly fine if you already know another programming language.

  1. Introduction and Installation
  2. Objects and Events
  3. Variables
  4. The basic data types
  5. Logical Operators
  6. Relational Operators
  7. If statements Then
  8. Arithmetical Operators
  9. Loops Part 1
  10. Arrays
  11. Loops Part 2
  12. Try Catch statements
  13. Subs and Functions
  14. Difference between Scopes
  15. Select Statements
  16. Multidimensional arrays
  17. Structures
  18. Classes
  19. Enumerations
  20. Advanced Comments
  21. Compiling Directives

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#651788 What to do with a lazy employee

Posted by Roger on 06 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

Hey guys, this was a good discussion until now. I think Vaielab already took care of the situation.


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#651713 What to do with a lazy employee

Posted by Roger on 05 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

Sadly, now that you own your own business, you have to be a manager as well as a programmer. Just because he used to be a good asset doesn't mean he still is.

 

Having daily goals, along with accountability the next day, can do wonders to help maintain focus. All it takes is a 15 minute meeting to say "did you accomplish your goals yesterday, what issue stopped you if you didn't, and what will you do today?"

 

I agree with WP. Given a good employee, a daily check-in/SCRUM should be enough. The key indicator to look for (and I see this at my work all the time) is progress. If the employee gives the same update or the same "I'm looking into this/that" type of updates, then you need to dig in and see what he's tried.

 

As a developer yourself, you can probably size up the problem and have a good idea how long things "should" take. Truth is, if he can't come up with a solution in 2-3 days on clearly defined tasks, he is probably going in the wrong direction or not working on it hard enough.


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#650266 Programmer outsources own job

Posted by Roger on 18 January 2013 - 10:17 AM

I worked for 5 years in a job where I was remote from the rest of the development team (by several hundred miles) and produced code and checked it in at defined intervals. I could quite easily have got other people to do it (although it wasn't enough money to sub it out...)


Maybe you were the outsource resource, while your manager sat around and wait for you to check in code. ;)

Come to think of it, the guy in the article sounds like a good project manager... if he can clearly articulate what needs to be done and have someone else do it (remotely), that's not a bad skill to have. The problem is probably that his title is a "developer".

Here is a followup by the investigator on this story.
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#648566 [Product Review] Ultrabook Comparative Analysis Report

Posted by Roger on 28 December 2012 - 10:02 AM

When you first purchased your laptop, it responded quickly, easily ran the latest games, and had a long battery life. Now, a few years later, it’s time to replace that laptop with one that can handle your current demands. With so many options on the market, how do you choose?

New Ultrabooks inspired by Intel® fit deliver excellent performance and new Intel technologies in a smaller package so that you can complete all your tasks in a lighter, more comfortably portable system.

In the Principled Technologies labs, we compared the performance of a pre-production, 3rd generation Intel Core™ Ultrabook prototype to a 2010 laptop system in a number of areas, including system responsiveness, battery life, encryption time, and graphics and gaming performance.

The Ultrabook prototype provided a better experience than the 2010 laptop in every area: it opened common applications up to twice as quickly, improved battery life by 52.6 percent, sped up hard drive encryption by 60.2 percent, and improved graphics performance by up to 174.0 percent.

Click here to view the article
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#648232 Writting a good CV

Posted by Roger on 23 December 2012 - 10:19 AM

Seems like a radical idea! ;)


Even more radical.. cropping the photo. ;)

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