November 22, 2017

What are your first steps when looking at a new codebase?

When looking at a new codebase, the first thing I look out for is the docs for getting set up. If none exists, I ping the contact person to find out how to get set up. It’s important to always document what worked/didn’t work for me while getting setup because sometimes, even on a repo with documentation, the original developer(s) may have missed documenting a key component because they were writing the doc with loads of context and local libraries/packages that a developer new to the codebase might not have. Read more

November 17, 2017

How I Prioritise What To Learn

One of the reasons why I love tech is because it’s an ever-evolving industry where there’s always something new to learn. There’s always an old or shiny new concept or knowledgebase to explore. This makes it fun for me but it can also get a bit overwhelming if not managed well. I like that at Happy Bear we have a culture of asking each other what we want to learn next for self-development. Read more

October 31, 2017

What are some good and bad things about working remotely?

I love remote work because it allows me to optimize my daily work routine for when I’m most productive. I also like how the focus of remote work is much more about the work you’re able to produce than anything else - so it’s quite effective. I love the freedom and control remote work gives. It’s quite exciting that with a very good internet connection, a laptop and a workspace that’s convenient for you, you can be a functioning part of an organization. Read more

October 17, 2017

How Do You Stay Productive as a Developer

Here’s my answer to “How do you stay productive as a developer?”, this one is definitely more than 300 words :) I’m one of those people with lists of goals for the year, month, 5 years plan, etc. I started this habit at 16 on pen and paper. Of course, when life happens, I always question why I still write down my plans/goals? :facepalm: I think I need to do that to have a sense of direction, some sort of control - otherwise, I’d be a complete mess. Read more