#Issue61
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5 developer environment hacks to increase productivity

Use iTerm2 or Bash to know which Git branch you are working on and its status. Use Tmux to manage multiple window splits with fast shortcuts and hot-keys.
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5 developer environment hacks to increase productivity

  • Use iTerm2 or Bash to know which Git branch you are working on and its status.
  • Use Tmux to manage multiple window splits with fast shortcuts and hot-keys. The screen function also lets you suspend sessions and return to them later.
  • Shell Aliases are handy to remember the syntax for tedious commands and long-winded texts.
  • Organising code directories helps differentiate between cloned repositories and something you might be tinkering with locally.
  • Ripgrep is way faster than git-grep and can blaze through lines and lines of code to find what you’re looking for quickly.

Full post here, 4 mins read

Become a better developer by mastering the superpower of deep work

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task, to produce results in less time. To develop a good deep work habit, add routines to your work life.
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Become a better developer by mastering the superpower of deep work

  • Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task, to produce results in less time. To develop a good deep work habit, add routines to your work life.
  • Check your agenda for important meetings and plan your day’s deep work sessions, breaks, and shallow work.
  • Arrive at work well before colleagues, when there is no noise, no meetings & no demands that require context switching.
  • Once your teammates arrive, take a social break or do some shallow work - answer emails, check feeds, engage in the daily scrum. Then tackle another deep work session.
  • Create a shutdown ritual to end the day - answer important emails, update task statuses and do small tasks that help you prepare for tomorrow.
  • Once you leave, practice stopping to think about work. If you can, turn off work-related notifications.

Full post here, 15 mins read

How to be a rock star developer

Write utility code that can be used by all. Focus on your work integrity, adaptability and the desire to do excellent work.
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How to be a rock star developer

  • Write utility code that can be used by all and collaborate with other developers on projects beyond your scope of work.
  • Don’t give in to FOMO. Spend time doing the essential work that gets you real results.
  • At crunch times, rise to the occasion with a leadership mindset to rally, organize and collaborate.
  • Try to be essential but not indispensable. Indispensability eventually leads to burnout.
  • Focus on your work integrity, adaptability and the desire to do excellent work.

Full post here, 5 mins read