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Developers from Nis in English

April 19th, 2015

The actual title of this article about Serbian developers from Nis who blog/tweet/give_lectures in English language should’ve been - Developers from Nis doing stuff in English but the current title is shorter and rhymes better with Nish :)

This article is just a start and currently (at the moment of publishing) contains modest amount of information that I have on this subject which is far less than I initially had with IT companies in Nis. Let’s hope it’ll grow over time so ping me or comment and I’ll expand and update the article.

So here they are:

1. AngularJS - Таming the superhero (video) by Milos Boskovic

2. Mijalko’s blog

3. Uros Lates’s blog

4. Umpirsky’s landing page (let’s hope he’ll blog something outside his twitter :)

5. Dusan Kostic’s glamhacker

6. Jovica Ilic’s blog

7. Nenad Mancevic

8. Nikola Radosavljevic

9. Ana Milutinovic

(to be continued…)

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IT Companies in Nis Updates

May 23rd, 2013

I have decided to register updates to IT Companies in my town (Nis, Serbia, Eastern Europe) as separate posts.
So here is the first update in that manner:
- I have updated the info for StangaOne branch in Nis
- I have added the Joomboz company

Now, this unofficial list contains 46 potential working places for developers in Nis and still growing.

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Practice programming by solving challenges on job sites

February 4th, 2012

A few months ago, I read a really great article by Jason Rudolph on how to be a better developer http://jasonrudolph.com/blog/2011/08/09/programming-achievements-how-to-level-up-as-a-developer/ and it left a great impact on me. The impact mostly affected the way I think on how to improve programming skills because I didn’t took much action in relation to what it writes about.

That was so until recently, when I discovered increasingly popular job sites codeeval and interviewstreet. They are different from other job offering sites in means that they allow their users to participate in solving various challenges and earn achievements or job offers from great companies. In this way at the same time you’re becoming a better developer and can instantly evaluate how “good” you are based on how many challenges you solve or based on the offers you get. Isn’t that great? Even if you currently have a great job they are really great for practicing and who knows when you might need your achievements.

Update (Jan 09, 2013): Today I discovered https://www.hackerrank.com. A bit different concept but seems more interesting than previous two. I’ll definitely give it a shot.

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Podcasts for Developers

April 29th, 2011

Until I started to travel on a regular basis I haven’t been aware of the value and information that can be found audio podcasts for developers. I thought, “Come on, what can you learn from listening to a radio?”.

Nevertheless, since I had to fulfill my time with something other than staring at empty space (I travel by night) I tried listening to some podcasts and since then I haven’t stopped to follow the ones that I liked the most.

In my opinion (being a Java developer most of the time), Java posse is the best podcast around. The guys behind it are very amusing, have different characters (opinions), and often make a roundups on hot topics where they include more people in discussions. For example, episode #337 they made together with guys from .net rocks which is I guess the best podcast for .net developers.

Apart from Java posse I like listening to grails podcast although they are not as regular with new stuff as Java posse is.

In near future I plan to check some python or ruby podcasts and compare their awesomeness to Java posse.

Try listening to any podcast for developers and you won’t regret. The feeling you’ll probably have is like you have found yourself a good developer friend who is willing to share his personal insights and programming knowledge with you. At least that is how it was in my case.

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My startup ideas list (no it’s not revealed)

April 20th, 2011

I’ve decided to reveal my startup ideas list size (not the actual content which is in Serbian and would take some time to translate).

This is the list I populated in the last 3 years. Whenever I got an idea about something (in 99% it is IT/web/app stuff) that could be interesting to be done but may lead to startup company or something that can be done out of pure altruism I’ve written it to my tadalist. This tadalist helped me to reduce my frustration of not having time to work on “my stuff” and fear of forgetting what I wanted to do.

Today, I looked at this list to pick the best ideas and could easily enlist a few (actually six which are marked with green arrows on image below). Sadly, I’ve only managed to make some progress on only two items (out of 70 something) and even that small progress didn’t happened until recently.

I guess I am a bad executor but I am improving myself.

I wonder how many people have more/less ideas and what is their execution rate. Also, although I am not 18 for more than a decade, what do you think “Do I have potential?”

my startup ideas

my startup ideas

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Battle for Brilliant Developers (not Managers)

February 23rd, 2011

Recently, I’ve read about many companies offering rewards for referring great developers to them. Examples are Hubspot offering $10k, SeoMoz oferring $12k, and EnergySavy oferring $10k.

It appears that demand for developers exceeds supply so it’s good to be developer these days so I am using this opportunity to remind young computer science graduates that they are sometimes badly taught that being a developer is like being a plain old dirty worker and that they should strive to become project managers or team leaders. Graduates should ask themselves if they have ever seen a job ad asking for managers and offering reward before making a decision to become “great managers the world will know of” :)

After all, the most important thing is to be happy in what you are doing. And in my opinion being developer makes you happy and forever young (at least in spirit).

(The illustrations below show Happy developer and Miserable manager)

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‘Awesome’ administrator

January 20th, 2009

I am not sure if this clip is fake or not but it’s hilarious for sure. This guy is the administrator you don’t want to employ at your company (maybe you can recommend him to your competitors :).

Watch it from here:

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