Asier's thoughts

Blogging about software development


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A new journey

I recently started working as a contractor here in London. London is a great city to work as a developer, there are many many many opportunities. I feel lucky to be honest. Most of jobs are for permanent positions and some of them are even really well paid, but that would be the easy thing to do. And I don’t like easy things..

Been a contractor is challenging. You can’t feel safe like in a permanent job, you can get fired with just a week notice, sometime even less. So you have to proof yourself you are worth it to your employer. Also you have to keep up to date with the latest technologies, methodologies and whatnot. You will get challenged all the time in interviews and you will have to constantly be looking for jobs. Basically, it means embracing a lifestyle that forces you a bit out of your comfort zone. And that’s good!

This is a huge opportunity to  learn. As a contractor you will be moving from one job to another, exploring different business domains, playing with different technologies, being exposed to different ways to develop software and working with many different developers. If we use the Software craftsmanship metaphor it is the same as being a Journeyman. Travelling from one job to another and learning from each before becoming a master.

So let’s begging this journey..


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Need to blog more

It’s been a while since I don’t write a blogpost. I should be doing it more often.

I could mention various excuses, but the only true is that I’ve been a bit lazy..

Writing a blogpost requires a lot of time and thinking from me. Or that’s at least the idea I have in my head. I try to write long blogposts with amazing topic. Then I see the results and I am not happy with them.

The problem is that… I suck at it! Yes, I am not good at it. Yet.

I need a change.

It’s well known, practice make the master. So what’s the best way to improve? Write more and more and more!

So from now on I will post frequent little blogposts. I will make them short so the task is less daunting for me and hopefully more enjoyable for you 🙂