Mentoring Juniors – A Juniors view

I’ve decided to write this post mainly to remind myself in a few years time of what it’s like to be a junior and how I felt I was best taught, the problems I faced and how I was helped to overcome them. I’m also hoping it will help to give others a guide of how to deal with Juniors and to maybe give other juniors a post they can identify with and to leave them feeling that they are not alone in the issues they are facing.

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Why YOU should blog

Tweet A Blog: “A personal or corporate website in the form of an online journal” I recently wrote a post for the blog I contribute to at work called “What’s the point of blogs and blogging?” it highlighted a number of things, a few of which were company specific but a number of points could […]

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Resharper Snippets for Calculator Kata

So after reviewing a few peoples code I thought I’d upload a video on how to create resharper snippets, and in particular the ones I use for the calculator kata. It’s my first video so be kind, this is about the 4th take…

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FOWA – An Insight

So what is FOWA? FOWA is an acronym for Future of Web Apps and is an event fun by Carsonified. It’s an event that I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this year and one that gave me such a large insight into the web apps of today and tomorrow.

There were many well know tech idols that appeared at this years event, Scott Gu, Kevin Rose and Mike Butcher to name a small few. It was an intense 2 day conference of highly interesting and eye opening presentations.

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Learning the Powers of TDD and much more

As Some of you may already know was lucky enough to win a place at Roy Osherove’s TDD Master class. I had a fantastic time and although the learning curve I experienced was steep the topic could not have been taught in a better manner. I had jotted down a brief overview of each day’s events and thought I do a brief run through.

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Going ‘KATAtonic’

“KATAtonic” a term I picked up from Roy Osherove whilst attending his 5 day TDD course. On completion of the course one of the things that is now to become part of my daily task list is to complete as much of the decided Kata as possible in 30 minutes.

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Women in High Level Management – Few Opportunities?

There are few opportunities for women to progress to the highest levels in IT Management. True or false?

This was the question I decided to pose, after much delibertation with my tutor, as the focal point for a 3000 word research report I had to complete for one of my year 3 degree modules. Full report here..

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TDD Masterclass in the UK – Free Ticket Raffle!

Roy Osherove is giving an hands-on TDD Masterclass in the UK, September 21-25. Roy is author of “The Art of Unit Testing” (, a leading tdd & unit testing book; he maintains a blog at (which amoung other things has critiqued tests written by Microsoft for MVC – check out the testreviews category) and has recently been on the Scott Hanselman podcast ( where he educated Scott on best practices in Unit Testing techniques.

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The Perception of IT, What can we do to Change it?

Tweet So who frequently get’s the digs from their non techy friends about being a ‘geek’? I do all the time, of course it’s a joke but it always made me think, why is ‘geek’ seen as a bad thing? I’ve never seen it that way, you just have to look at the likes of […]

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What makes the beginnings of a good developer? Passion or Qualifications?

On the back of a previous post “Promoting IT as profession”, some of the responses provoked me to ask this question. I don’t mean it in the sense of what methods they apply to their programming. I mean do you need some form of education in the field or can passion and a thirst for knowledge make you a great developer?

Imagine you had 2 people for interview for a Junior position

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