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Roses Are Red / This Pairing is For You

Posted by Jennifer Tu on Mar 6, 2019 12:14:37 PM

It took me a long time to understand the joys of pair programming.

When I took my first computer programming class in the 1990s, computers were a limited resource. The newer, better computers were used by two people together. I took a significantly older, slower machine so that I could go at the speed of my own thoughts. A computer twice as slow seemed far faster than working with another person.

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Topics: pair programming, pairing

An Introduction to Software Apprenticeship

Posted by Zee Spencer on Feb 14, 2019 1:05:19 PM

Software apprenticeship programs are a powerful tool in a technology organization’s growth strategy. They provide an opportunity for existing talent to develop the skills critical for effective senior leadership as well as expand the pool of people who can be successful within the organization.

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Topics: cohere, apprenticeship

Understanding, Owning and Leveraging Your Privilege In Tech

Posted by Zee Spencer on Feb 14, 2019 1:04:21 PM

Despite millions of dollars in investment by companies such as Google and Facebook the needle of diversity in Silicon Valley has barely shifted. Ellen Pao’s recent article in the New York Times evaluating if anything has changed concludes there’s potential for change, but not much actualchange:

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Topics: cohere, tech, Privilege

Designing Your Apprenticeship Program for Outcomes

Posted by Zee Spencer on Feb 14, 2019 1:03:22 PM

Want to learn more about apprenticeship? Read our previous article introducing software apprenticeship.

There are many reasons to invest in an apprenticeship program. You can use them to:

  • Bring more domain expertise to your team
  • Level up your senior people’s leadership skills
  • Provide career growth opportunities for existing employees
  • Help your organization scale by splitting teams
  • Increase the number of people you can hire and work with successfully
  • Supplement your team with skills that aren’t quite justifiable for a full time hire
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Topics: cohere, apprenticeship

A brief adventure in ActionMailer debugging

Posted by Jennifer Tu on Feb 14, 2019 1:02:06 PM

Shortly before our winter break, I ran into the following error message while updating a mailer:

(object doesn't support #inspect)

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Topics: cohere, debugging, ActionMailer

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