It is good to keep an eye on other languages and understand the best use cases for those, but is it the best thing to do for your career?
Often, a better understanding of business logic and operations, gives you an edge inside the company.
Spending more time studying - and not just fast reading - documentation and articles about the business field, and understanding the actors and processes would've made me more valuable for the project I was working on.
Once I spent six months getting a Google GCP Data professional certification. I wanted to be more valuable to the company (and gain more skills). But during that period, I lost focus and energy for the project I was working on. I didn't pass the exam the first time, so I stayed focused on studying data engineer, and eventually, I was removed from that project. (Ironically, a few days after that, I passed the exam and got the GCP professional certification, but I've never applied that knowledge)
Lesson learned: feel free to explore new technologies, but always stay in sync with the company and the project you work on.
- 04 Jan 2023 -
I am interested in Kotlin these days. A few days ago, I attended a Kotlin meetup in which Andrey Breslav* gave a presentation called Shoulders of Giants: Languages Kotlin learned from.
Andrey Breslav is well-known in the Kotlin community. He led the design and development of Kotlin at JetBrains for ten years.
The talk's title reminded me of another presentation with the same title I watched on YouTube. But it was about the Go language (Golang). That's interesting! Actually, the original quote is from the famous scientist Isaac Newton, who once said: If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
In this case, the Giants are the previous languages that inspired the new language. As Andrey pointed out: Originality does not serve any practical purpose by itself. Building on top of other people's ideas is a good thing.
Kotlin rests on the shoulders of Java, Scala, Python and C#. The efficiency of C language and the simplicity of Python inspired Golang.
Kotlin has various ways to perform loops, but the designers omitted the C-Style for loops:
for (int i = 0; i<10; i++)
Instead, Golang relies only on the C-Style for loops. A more flexible version, to be precise.
Whatever your favourite language is, some giants' shoulders support it, and finding out who they are is exciting and instructive.
- Shoulders of Giants: Languages Kotlin learned from
- Go: building on the shoulders of giants and stepping on a few toes
- 14 Dec 2022 -
What's the best for a software developer to dive Christmas spirit? Solving the daily coding puzzles of the Advent of Code 2022, of course!
I am having fun solving the daily coding puzzle using Kotlin. It's a great way to practice the language.
IntelliJ Idea makes coding in Kotlin a pleasure. It provides many prompts and tooltips, so you can spot and fix many mistakes before you compile.
- 12 Dec 2022 -