Daniel Everts

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Design

Design is a hugely underrated component in programming and engineering. It’s often forgotten, left in the cold by junior (or sloppy) developers, or those who view programming as purely logical. Design is all about communicating intent. It’s about communicating what’s possible. How, and in which direction, levers can be pulled. It communicates how one action affects another. What’s not working. What’s broken. With consistency, it helps build intuition on how to work with a library, and how to treat and plan for errors....

Gumption

Gumption implies initiative. Enthusiasm. Energy of thought. A hunger to continue pushing. Working in tech is fundamentally an exercise in gumption. The nature of many tech businesses is that you’re constantly in a learning or “fixing” state. Things break. New problems show up. New abstractions, frameworks, paradigms to understand. New problems to shoehorn. This is all compounded by tech moving at blistering pace. As soon as one is understood, another raises it’s head, presenting a new layer of complexity....

Structured Connectivity

With the rise of remote working, always-on phones, Slack, notifications are everywhere. Distractions are like a lack of sleep, we’re generally awful at noticing that they’re a problem. Every task benefits from you being in the zone. This is where you perform at your absolute best. You’re immersed in what you’re doing, you ignore distractions, you ignore time. The tough part with this, is that it’s not easy to get there....