12 Devs returns

After a year’s hiatus, we’ve decided that life just isn’t the same without 12 Devs. So this Christmas, 12 Devs of Xmas will make it’s return. Anthony and I had a lot of fun (and did a lot of work) running 12 Devs, and while at the time it was the right decision to bring the project to an end, we now feel the time is right to bring back the series of articles around the Christmas period.

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Yesterday

Yesterday was my nan’s funeral. I was asked to share some thoughts from our close family about my nan and to do a reading of them at the service.

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The Teaching Agency

I’ve been thinking a lot over the last few years about the master/apprentice model and how that applies to the web industry. I’m happy to see that people like Christopher Murphy are bringing the concept up at conferences now. While in general I think education in our industry is becoming a subject of many discussions too.

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Obviously

It’s an easy mistake to make. The language we use when we teach others has an incredible effect on the way the information is received. Using phrases like “This simple method…”, “Just try X”, or “Obviously you would…”, can instead of making the concept seem more accessible to the audience, have the opposite effect, actually leaving them more frustrated and feeling stupid. As educators that’s the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve.

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A month without caffeine

Towards the end of October I attended and spoke at the MKGN Mental Help event, as part of the inaugural Geek Mental Help week. The evening was fantastic, full of extremely brave and honest talks about mental health related subjects. The reason for this post is that one talk in particular from Cole Henley made me think […]

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