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10 steps to becoming the developer everyone wants

10 steps to becoming the developer everyone wants | Invest in This | Scoop.it
You're a crack coder and people depend on you to solve their issues. Still not enough? Here's how to hit that next level
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Offering up ten great pieces of advice that any professional can gain from, Andrew C. Oliver does a great job with this article.  Here they are, in a nutshell:

1) Blog
2) Go open source
3) Not six months, not ten years
4) Eye on the new stuff, hands on the practical
5) Write your own documentation
6) Brevity is the soul
7) Wow the crowd
8) Be realistic
9) Solve the hard stuff, know the tools
10) Practice humility

 

Read the article to get the full details. 

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Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace | TechCrunch

Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace | TechCrunch | Invest in This | Scoop.it
Educators knew the online revolution would eventually envelop the physical classroom, but a torrent of near-revolutionary developments in the past month are proving that change is coming quicker than anyone imagined.
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I'm already invested in Coursera and Udacity for free online college courses from some of the best minds in the world.  Definitely check out these if you're wanting to advance your skillset and learn from the best. 

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VW unveils CrossBlue plug-in SUV with iPad mini headrests and 85MPGe efficiency (eyes-on)

VW unveils CrossBlue plug-in SUV with iPad mini headrests and 85MPGe efficiency (eyes-on) | Invest in This | Scoop.it
America is the land of the SUV and so it\'s no surprise that Volkswagen came here to launch its CrossBlue plug-in concept. The SUV features a
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Why is it that American made cars can't get as efficient as what VW is pushing out across seas?  With 305 HP, 500+ ft/lbs of torque, and 85 MPG - why wouldn't this become one of the hottest vehicles on the market?

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America's Baby Bust

America's Baby Bust | Invest in This | Scoop.it
The nation's falling fertility rate is the root cause of many of our problems. And it's only getting worse, writes Jonathan V. Last.
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Is solving our economic problems as simple as having more babies?  This article by Jonathan Last suggests just this.  Maybe we all should invest in looking at his unheralded perspective a little closer. 

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VMware Invests $30 Million In Puppet Labs | Puppet Labs

VMware Invests $30 Million In Puppet Labs | Puppet Labs | Invest in This | Scoop.it
Today I’m excited to announce that Puppet Labs and VMware have formed a new strategic partnership, after more than a year of working closely together from
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If you or your organization has a data center, pay attention to this company's software.  Major investments and partnerships from Google, VMWare, Cisco and EMC show this software is looking to be around a while.  Invest some time checking this software out, or pass this on to your fellow IT guys to keep them informed.

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down the avenue: Seth Priebatsch on Game Mechanics, LBS, Education & Meaning at SXSW

down the avenue: Seth Priebatsch on Game Mechanics, LBS, Education & Meaning at SXSW | Invest in This | Scoop.it

"Why not create a grading dynamic based on progression? Rather than grade on a particular test or one experience, you grade and give points based on progression - focusing on the positive." - Seth Priebatsch

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Being that education is one of the major pieces to a well functioning society, finding ways to improve our education system is a great investment of time.  Using game mechanics, explained in the following article, to further what the groups pushing Common Core State Standards is something I believe can work. 

 

Further changes would need to be implemented, such as taking a more dynamic "college" approach to the classroom.  For example, students would all need to find their baseline to measure progression off of, and then the structure of the classes would need to be more flexible, instead of simply basing student grouping on age.  Needless to say, there are many variables that need to be considered, but there are opportunities for groups or a startup to take advantage of evolving standards in gamification, common core state standards, and software development. 

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Facebook Shatters the Computer Server Into Tiny Pieces | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Facebook Shatters the Computer Server Into Tiny Pieces | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Invest in This | Scoop.it

Sweeping changes of what a server and data center look like are what Frank Frankovsky and Facebook are pushing.  Intel and AMD are buying in, and the data center industry evolution is underway.

 

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Facebook and Frank Frankovsky are showing the world that big problems are solved through creative thinking and engineering.  With Intel and AMD buying in to what Facebook is trying to achieve, the machines that run the websites and systems that we all love are looking to change in a big way.  For a geek like me, this is exciting to see some innovation in this part of the market.  Invest some time in reading about these changes, and think about proposing a restructuring of your data center for that competitive advantage everyone is looking for. 

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It's 'Shocking' That Startups Are Ignoring A $500 Billion Market

It's 'Shocking' That Startups Are Ignoring A $500 Billion Market | Invest in This | Scoop.it
Those that do are winning big.
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"Twice as many enterprise startups have become billion-dollar companies compared to consumer startups."  This says it all.  The Facebook and Groupons of the world may be more sexy, but success in consumer tech is harder to achieve.  Are you investing your time in creating enterprise solutions?

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Best NextGen Online Ordering – Inventory Management – Mobile Payment – Accounting – Integrated | Talbert Houle

Best NextGen Online Ordering – Inventory Management – Mobile Payment – Accounting – Integrated | Talbert Houle | Invest in This | Scoop.it

Stitch is an online software for product-based businesses. Manage inventory and orders from online & offline sales, all in one place. Stitch is FREE, check it out.

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Want to share some research I completed.  If you know a shop owner, do them the favor and share the companies referenced in this article.

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The No-Nonsense Guide to Successful Business Networking

The No-Nonsense Guide to Successful Business Networking | Invest in This | Scoop.it
Forget platitudes and theory. Here's the only advice you'll ever need to make business networking pay off.
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Without the ability to network, advancing forward is a much tougher task, which makes reading this article a worth-while investment. 

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3 Questions You Must Ask Before You Make a Deal

3 Questions You Must Ask <em>Before</em> You Make a Deal | Invest in This | Scoop.it

What is it that really separates super-successful entrepreneurs from average Joes? They really get to know the people they do business with. Here's how.

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Taking the time to invest in knowing the people around you and those you network with is very important.  At the very least, doing so shows you care about more than yourself.  If looking to make a future deal, knowing the answers to the questions brought up in this article is a wise move. 

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Coke, Deka to Deliver Millions of Liters of Potable Water in 2013

Coke, Deka to Deliver Millions of Liters of Potable Water in 2013 | Invest in This | Scoop.it
The Coca-Cola Company has partnered with Deka Research & Development Corporation to deliver millions of liters of clean drinking water to schools, health clinics and community centers in rural regions of Africa and Latin America in 2013.
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Pour a can of paint in one side and get water clean enough to do surgery with on the other.  Sound like a great device that could make a global impact...well, it is.  Check out this product and tell me if you think this product can make an impact.

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How To Improve Educational Performance? Bring Back Recess

How To Improve Educational Performance? Bring Back Recess | Invest in This | Scoop.it
School districts across the country are finding more reasons to curtail recess.
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Unaware that the educational landscape no longer includes recess for some districts is sad.  Thankfully, organizations like Playworks are helping to show these districts the importance of playing outside.  If you are in a school, or know of one that has cut out or is cutting out recess, read this and pass it along.

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Why Tweaking Your Career Vocabulary Can Radically Improve Your Life

Why Tweaking Your Career Vocabulary Can Radically Improve Your Life | Invest in This | Scoop.it
Words are powerful. The language we use influences how we think, feel, act, and interact with the world. That’s why I propose a new kind of dictionary. One founded on the belief that we do not have to live how the world expects us to.Why?
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The words that we speak, as individuals, mean more than many of us know.  On the other hand , ninety-plus percent of what we actually speak is what the people listening to us actually "hear".  As true as this is, the words we speak are increcibly more important to us as individuals.

 

Books on self help, sermons in church or a friend giving advice, after a night of watching sporting events, will mention the importance of "self-talk".  One quick search on google for self talk will quickly show how important the words we say aloud are.  This article is a good investment towards understanding the importance of our vocabulary.   

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An Eco-Modular Classroom That Helps Kids Learn

An Eco-Modular Classroom That Helps Kids Learn | Invest in This | Scoop.it
Temporary classrooms, trailers, portables, classroom cottages--call them what you will. There are 300,000 of them in the United States, where 7.5 million students go to learn.
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Great idea to invest in for many schools throughout the nation.  If you're tied to education in any way, this is something to watch.

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How to ask someone for help via email « Leo starts up

How to ask someone for help via email « Leo starts up | Invest in This | Scoop.it

"A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved." - Brande, Dorthea

 

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If you struggle to get people to reply to questions asked through email, try investing some time in studying the techniques used in this article.

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Secrets Of America's Happiest Companies

Secrets Of America's Happiest Companies | Invest in This | Scoop.it
“Being able to be truly happy at work is one of the keys to being happy in life,” says Heidi Golledge, CEO and cofounder of CareerBliss, an online career database. And what company couldn’t use a little more joy among its ranks?
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Finding ways to stay motivated and keeping those in your organization is a tough task for anyone.  The first step in overcomig this challenge is investing the time to better understand what motivates us.  In addition to this article, consider reading the classic masterpiece "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie.  For a modern look at motivation and happiness in the workplace, try reading "Drive" by Dan Pink. 

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Is Mark Zuckerberg Creating A New Breed Of Silicon Valley Philanthropists?

Is Mark Zuckerberg Creating A New Breed Of Silicon Valley Philanthropists? | Invest in This | Scoop.it
It’s a familiar refrain: the latest tech boom has created a growing crop of young millionaires who prefer hoodies to suits and ties.
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The article does a good job of creating optimism for future generations.  As more and more millionaires are created in Silicon Valley, and other tech start-ups around the world, the trend is being set where these fortunate few are turning towards philanthropy at a younger age than ever seen before. 

 

Similar to one of Dan Pink's messages in his book, "Drive", if it takes the younger generation of those with money to help boost philanthropic efforts, I too believe the baby-boom generation will be encouraged to start giving back with greater enthusiasm. Investing time and money towards philanthrophy efforts helps everyone involved. 

 

Are you investing time and money towards anything philanthropic?  If so, share your good deeds and spread the word.

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5 Mentors Every Entrepreneur Should Have

5 Mentors Every Entrepreneur Should Have | Invest in This | Scoop.it
Having these types of people around to ask advice of and bounce ideas off can be essential to business owner's success.
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Not only should every entrprenuer have these mentors...anyone wanting to accel in their career should invest time in finding and maintaining relationships with mentors like these listed in the article. 

 

On a personal note, I am happy to say that I have all of these mentors and I am very appreciative of their time and wisdom.  For those reading this, you know who you are, and thank you.

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Intuit Opens Up APIs To Financial Data Service That Powers Quicken, QuickBooks And Mint | TechCrunch

Intuit Opens Up APIs To Financial Data Service That Powers Quicken, QuickBooks And Mint | TechCrunch | Invest in This | Scoop.it
Intuit is announcing today the availability of a new API that will give third-party developers access to the financial data service that powers Quicken, QuickBooks, Mint.com, and FinanceWorks.
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For organizations that have built a platform that is well established, opening up an API to that platform is a great source of new revenue.  Much like what Intuit is doing with their entire product line.  With the great possibility of this creating new business for our country, seeing who takes advantage of this opportunity will be exciting.

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