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Syntax - Tasty Web Development Treats
Wes Bos & Scott Tolinski - Full Stack JavaScript Web DevelopersNews, Technology
Wes Bos & Scott Tolinski - Full Stack JavaScript Web DevelopersNews, Technology

Episode Summary

In this episode Wes and Scott discuss 11 habits that will make you a better developer - everything from understanding the business goals behind your projects to maintaining work-life balance, staying curious, and developing empathy. Freshbooks - Sponsor Get a 30 day free trial of Freshbooks at freshbooks.com/syntax and put SYNTAX in the “How did you hear about us?” section. Sanity.io - Sponsor Sanity.io is a real-time headless CMS with a fully customizable Content Studio built in React. Get up and running by typing npm i -g @sanity/cli && sanity init in your command line. Get an awesome supercharged free developer plan on sanity.io/syntax. Show Notes 2:55 - You understand stakeholder and business goals What is the website (or project) ultimately trying to accomplish? How does the business make money? Don’t get caught up in your own “mama drama” about frameworks, but instead focus on how a particular framework will help achieve the end goal of the business 5:13 - You’re curious and always learning This industry is ever-changing and isn’t slowing down 7:36 - You have an open mind about new technology Don’t “poopoo” something because it’s intimidating, new, scary or different Like foods you’ve never tried, sometimes something unusual turns out to be game changing 9:57 - You ask for help #LifeHack - most people know more than you Be comfortable with NOT knowing Be comfortable with failing and with how others might perceive that Check your ego at the door 15:35 - You help others Helping others solidifies your own knowledge Answering questions Stack Overflow Quora Blogging YouTube videos Mentoring co-workers Not offering unwanted advice 19:12 - You have a “problem solver” mentality General curiosity - figuring out why things aren’t working Break things down into testable components to pinpoint an issue Have a clear head under pressure (e.g. interviews) 24:37 - You have fun with what you do Enjoying challenges Even if something isn’t particularly fun, you find ways to make it fun and interesting 27:54 - You understand work-life balance Burnout is huge in our industry It can be difficult when you love what you do, but it’s so important to maintain balance 34:00 - You are empathetic to your co-workers and users Be a team players while getting things done Make everyone around you better at what they do Be someone others want to work with by being inclusive and professional Don’t make inappropriate jokes, put co-workers in a tough position, etc. 37:08 - You pay attention to detail Think about edge cases 39:03 - You’re part of the community Local meetups / lunch and learn Twitter #100daysofcode Conferences ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: Overcooked! 2 Wes: 
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