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Should Senior Devs Accept Less Salary?

Should Senior Devs Accept Less Salary?

Career
You've worked hard to get where you are. You are a much better developer than when you started, back in the dark ages where we didn't have these easy tools that the "kids who think they are so clever" do now. You've paid your dues. Why on earth should you accept less money on a new job that your last? Well, in a perfect world you shouldn't. In the real world, we are faced with the reality of some middle managers who do not understand tech, always under pressure to cut expenses, and like the newest buzz words of the month that they see on the CVs of the younger cheaper hires. Economics lessons from the road The Celestial Circus I learned a valuable lesson in career economics, far from the tech world and a full 20 years before I set foot in Silicon Valley for the first time. At ...
Is code art?

Is code art?

Thoughts
My favourite part of coding without a doubt is going deep into my head and thoughts, into what I call "The Zone". It is a state that most programmers will be familiar with. You are one with the code. Thinking is sharp and time productive. The Art of Code Being primarily a game developer, I've worked closely with artists over the years. Sometimes I've worked with a huge team of artists. One day I overheard a conversation from one of that team, "We should make the decision, because it is a creative one, and we do the creative work here." There is no doubt that producing beautiful images from nothing but the imagination is creative. No one disputes that it is art. What about code? Is code art? What is art? Asking Google to "define art" it came up with: The expression or a...
Don’t neglect the text

Don’t neglect the text

Blogs & Writing tips
Lately, in my work, I've seen a lot of beautifully designed websites, shops, and apps. However a majority of them are lacking a major component. TEXT! They aren't going to read it anyway! When I see posts on Reddit asking for a review of a shop, the poster almost always asking "How does it look?". If I mention the text, or lack thereof often I'm rebuked with "They aren't going to read it anyway!". It seems to be a fairly common misconception that intelligence is being drained away by the internet and people have all but given up reading in favor of digesting YouTube videos. The myth is further perpetuated by TL;DR tags. This is in reality just a good way to give a site visitor a summary of the longer text. People do Read! How do I know people still read? You are rea...
Treat everyone like a celebrity

Treat everyone like a celebrity

Happiness
My nephew became a Buddhist monk this last week and it got me thinking of one of my favorite books. THE HOLY MAN by Susan Trott. I won’t give away the story in case you want to read it, and you SHOULD read it. In the book, there is a quote: “If you treat everyone you meet as a holy man you will be happy.” From The Holy Man, by Susan Trott What would happen? You may or may not have a lot of monks where you live, but you may have seen how people will defer to a minister, rabbi, cleric or priest. What would happen if we did treat all people like that? Think about a celebrity. Think about your favorite marketing guru, singer, actor, comedian or author? Now picture yourself talking to them. What would you say? What would you hope they would say back? What if you are the cel
You have one job

You have one job

Happiness, Thoughts
In a world of multitasking and increased responsibilities, you might be surprised to learn you have just one job. Whether you are a manager software developer, teacher, politician, or underwater basket weaver you have one job. No matter how many times you change careers, You have one job. That job is to make people happy. Making people happy leads to success. Making customers happy brings more business. Making your boss happy leads to promotion. Making your spouse happy leads to a happier life at home. Choices With so many people to keep happy of course, it's impossible to keep everyone happy at the same time. That is one of the problems that we have to navigate in life. It can be tough to decide who to make happy and whom we must disappoint. If it ever comes down to an i...
Leaving the comfort Zone

Leaving the comfort Zone

Thoughts, Uncategorized
I have spent a lot of years making games and don't get me wrong I am going to continue to make a lot of games and increase the frequency of up my game making and sharing that in my social media. Collecting Dust For years I've had projects collecting dust First they collected dust in my brain as ideas. I struggled with the fear of actually making the projects. Then I struggled with actually shipping these projects opening up to the public view. Finally, I got over that fear. What I have always struggled with and still struggle with today is the fear of promoting myself. Not because I didn't think my content was good but because I was brought up to believe any self-promotion was a sign of an unhealthy ego. Why I am leaving my comfort zone? As I get older I increasingly s...
The best 5 Productive things you can do while you are waiting for a job offer

The best 5 Productive things you can do while you are waiting for a job offer

Productivity
For whatever reason, we find ourselves, out of work most of us will update our LinkedIn work experience polish up our resumes and then wait. We get up in the morning have our coffee, check the emails,  look at LinkedIn again and by that time it's 9:15. We spend a few more hours checking the job boards and following up leads, but it still leaves us a lot of time to fill. So what do we do with the rest of the day? How can we keep ourselves sane and productive during this difficult time? This is what has worked for me: Keep Working Keep much of your routine as possible. Obviously, stop yourself before going into your former office! If you had a certain time of day that you got up and got ready for work keep doing that. If you worked at home from a computer then keep going to that
Book Code Correction

Book Code Correction

Game Development
In my recent book on Creating and Publishing HTML5 games in 24 hours has a few mistakes. The mistakes were not there during publishing but due some changes in Phaser they now exists. Fortunately they are easy to fix. In the scoreBox class add the following code: destroyMe() { emitter.off(G.SCORE_UPDATED, this.scoreUpdated, this); } And in SceneMain.js change the playAgain function to this: playAgain() { this.scoreBox.destroyMe(); this.scoreBox.destroy(); this.scene.start("SceneOver"); } This will turn off the listener for the scoreBox just before destroying it. The game was adding a listener every time play again was invoked.
How to get more done and why you feel like you can’t finish anything?

How to get more done and why you feel like you can’t finish anything?

Productivity, Tips & Tricks
Why can't I finish anything? Are you like me, starting projects, only to stop, and will be forced to ask yourself "Why can't I finish anything?". With my office job, projects get completed, because there are schedules and other people to help keep the projects on track. But what about personal projects or that business you always wanted to start? Usually, it goes like this. You get an idea where you're very excited about it at the first. You can't stop talking about it. The idea is so great that you can't sleep. You dream up everything you'll need. a business plan your logo a domain name what the websites going to look like All the money you are going to make You go along with the project, excited as can be, for maybe 3 weeks, and then you don't want to do it anymore. You h
Simon Game – 1 Hour Game – Phaser

Simon Game – 1 Hour Game – Phaser

Game Development, Phaser, Tutorials
The 1 Hour Game -Simon Game Sometimes I want to challenge myself to write a game in just 1 hour. Obviously, this does limit what games I can make, but that doesn't mean the game is just an experiment. My brothers and sisters and I would fight over the Simon Game when I was a kid. If you are too young to know what it is, it was a big plastic circle with 4 buttons that would light up, and you'd have to match the pattern of the song it played. I will probably adapt this game to use for my work at Gaiaonline, or use it for a new Udemy course. There are plenty of times when I am asked to do quick games, on a low budget and not much time. If you are a game developer you will know this is commonplace. I set the timer for one hour and made the core logic in 45 minutes. I did use the mega te