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If You’re Going to Complain, Do It Right

There’s always going to be something to complain about in your life. But the question is, how do you do complain effectively to get the outcome you want? One of the main rules to follow is to keep calm and make a plan.

Nowadays it’s even easier to complain with social media platforms or online review sites like Yelp. With those complaints being more public, there’s a chance for a response. Take a look at this infographic from NetCredit to see a step by step guide on how to take your complaining game to the next level.


Courtesy of: NetCredit

Remembering the Screensaver

Screensavers have been around since the 1980s, but the majority of people nowadays don’t use them or don’t even know what they are. They were created to prevent a still image from being burned into your monitor screen. Currently, they’re mostly used for decoration or password protection.

This video from CHM Tech’s  explains the history of the well-known flying toaster design plus the reasons why screensavers have become less and less popular.

Contractor Quick Poll: Have you ever lied on your resume?

It’s not uncommon for recruiters to notice certain inconsistencies in independent contractors’ experience. In a few extreme cases, we interview candidates only to learn that they have no clue what they’re talking about and clearly made up experience to get their foot in the door. More commonly, though, after comparing different versions of resumes or asking a few detailed questions, we learn that a contractor may have stretched the truth a bit in order to qualify.

While we never encourage these actions and know that lies always get uncovered eventually, we thought we’d take the opportunity of this month’s anonymous contractor quick poll to learn how many people lie or stretch the truth on their resume.

10 Steps to a Successful Project Kick-Off

Much like a football kickoff, the project kickoff is the most important part of a project. The success of a football game stems from a productive kickoff. Similarly, as a project manager, the tone you set at the beginning of a project can make or break you.

But don’t worry because Wrike has you covered with 10 steps to a successful project. With these steps you can nail your kickoff and your team can start the project on a positive and motivated note.

10 Steps to a Kickass Project Kickoff: A Checklist for Project Managers (#Infographic)
Infographic brought to you by Wrike

The Easiest Way to Stay Motivated Every Day

Henry Stanley was a famous explorer who mapped out the Congo River. Despite running into a multitude of problems, he stayed motivated by shaving every day. Can doing something so simple really create motivation?

This video by the Improvement Pill suggests creating a cue, which is something that triggers an emotion or habit, is in fact the solution. It’s common to go through times when you feel unmotivated to get your tasks done at work and in your personal life. So, it could be worth a try to find something you do on your successful days and repeat it every day.

Worst Programming Languages to Learn in 2018

As with every blog and online publisher geared for IT contractors, we love sharing the hottest trends and in-demand coding languages that will help you succeed as an IT professional. Just last week we shared some results from the 2018 Stack Overflow Developer Survey and last month, we shared information from Dice’s 2018 Tech Salary Report the highlighted the top skills to have this year. But what about those languages that nobody cares about and aren’t worth your time investment? Recently, Codementor put out a list identifying just that.

CodeMentor’s list ranks the top (worst) 20 programming languages that they say you should not learn this year. The complete list is in the graphic, but here are a few more specific details about the top 5:

  1. Dart: While CodeMentor does note that the recent release of Google Flutter may have an effect on Dart’s trajectory, overall the new language has not received positive responses from the coding community. The growth has been decent, but compared to other new languages (ex. Kotlin, Elixir and Swift), job opportunities have been minimal.
  2. Objective-C: Not only does this older language rank low in CodeMentor’s community engagement score, but it’s been seeing a decline in usage for the past four years, which means fewer and fewer job opportunities will arise each year. Especially if you’re new to coding and breaking into the job market, CodeMentor recommends avoiding this one because by the time you become proficient, it won’t be worth anything.
  3. CoffeeScript: CoffeeScript is almost 10 years old and, while it has been argued that it should be used over JavaScript, overall it lacks a passionate user base and its use is on the decline. CodeMentor suggests this could be because of newer languages and versions of JavaScript that have become available in the last few years, has resulted in less talk about CoffeeScript among developers.
  4. Lua: CodeMentor recommends that while it may still be useful to learn this gaming and web service language, Lua not great for beginners. Interest from the developer community isn’t huge and, more importantly, its growth is flat. As a result, there is not an overwhelming amount of opportunities and, for those that do exist, competition will be high.
  5. Erlang: Over 30 years old, Erlang is the oldest in the list of top 5 programming languages not to learn this year. Similar to the others, this is due to declining growth rates and lack of community interest, especially in startups. CodeMentor also notes that Erlang has a steep learning curve and all signs show that its heyday has past.

Were you planning to learn or improve your skills in any of these languages in the coming months? If so, does CodeMentor’s report change your mind?

The Worst Programming Languages to Learn in 2018

Finally! The Gadgets from the Future Have Arrived

There’s always that one movie you watch and afterwards you wish you had the cool technology the characters got to use. A popular example is the hover board from Back to the Future.

With the current advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology some of these dreams are becoming a reality. Gadgets that seemed impossible just a few years ago now exist. You could own a “robot nanny”, an underwater drone that connects to VR goggles or even a jetpack like in The Jetsons.

This infographic from Who is Hosting This shows you the sci-fi gadgets that have been made into reality today.

12 Unbelievable Gadgets From The Future You Can Buy Today - Via Who Is Hosting This: The Blog
Source: WhoIsHostingThis.com

A First Look at Android P

Google has released the developer preview for Android P. While it’s still in very early stages and not much has been released (we don’t even know what P stands for), if you have a spare device lying around you can install it to get a look.

Some changes include smart replies and blocking access to microphones, cameras and other sensors to inactive apps. Watch this first look video by The Verge to see what kind of messaging tweaks and other changes are being made.

12 Signs You’re Working with an Ethical IT Recruiter

12 Signs You're Working with an Ethical IT RecruiterIT contractors and job seekers have literally hundreds of technology recruiters to choose from when searching for new work. ACSESS, Canada’s staffing industry association, has more than 1000 member offices across the country, and that doesn’t include the many more employment agencies who don’t contribute. With that many staffing agency players, odds are that although most recruiters you deal with will be helpful, you’re bound to come across some who are terrible, lazy, rude or, worst of all, unethical.

Selecting an IT recruiter has many considerations — their connection to the market and opportunities, their ability to communicate, the additional value they bring, etc. — and whether or not they meet your ethical threshold. Unethical recruiters will not only fail to find you the right job, they also bring you down with them and tarnish your professional reputation.

The good news is that ethical recruiters can be easy to spot as long as you know what you’re looking for. Here are 12 traits all ethical recruiters share:

  1. They’re part of their staffing industry association and follow a code of ethics.
  2. They never ask you for money
  3. They want to meet you and get to know you, your skills, and your preferences
  4. They’ve taken the time to know a client and opportunity before presenting it to you
  5. They never exaggerate the opportunity or hide facts
  6. They’re clear about the hiring process (theirs and the client’s)
  7. They never try to push you into a role you’re clearly not a fit for
  8. They ask for your consent before sending anything to a client
  9. They never encourage you to lie
  10. They only let you update your own resume (or make a specific request to make updates and provide you with complete details)
  11. They work with the other recruiters within their agency, so you learn about all new opportunities
  12. They encourage you to work with other recruiters and agencies

If you can confidently check every one of these off of your list, then proceed and build that relationship!

If you’re working with a recruiter who doesn’t clearly meet one or more of these traits, we recommend treading carefully with your relationship and asking more questions. You may even consider moving on to another staffing agency. What other traits do you look for in an IT recruiter to judge their ethics?

Top Tech According to Stack Overflow

Once again, Stack Overflow has put together one of the most comprehensive surveys of developer trends in their annual Developer Survey. There are a plethora of results and insights in there, from demographics of developers around the world, information on how developers think and, of course, leading technologies being used today.

On top of general popularity of various languages and platforms, the Stack Overflow survey is unique in that it looks at the most loved (technologies being used where the developer expressed interest in continuing to do so), dreaded (technologies being used where the developer has no interest in continuing) and wanted (technologies developers aren’t using but expressed an interest in using it) technologies, as well as the top paying ones.

Top Programming, Scripting and Markup Languages

It’s no surprise that once again JavaScript is the most commonly used programming language, nor should anyone be shocked that Python continues to rise and this year became more popular than C#. Interestingly enough, those are also the top to languages developers most want to work with and also make the top 10 list of languages developers want to continue using.

Top Platforms

There also isn’t much surprise in the most popular platforms used among developers, with Linux and Windows Desktop or Server being the ones where most developers have done work in the past year. The difference is that more than three quarters of the people currently using Linux want to continue doing so, where as Windows didn’t even make the top 10 most loved platforms. It’s also worth noting that although WordPress makes the list as one of the most popular platforms, it’s also one of the most dreaded.

Best Paid Jobs

Perhaps you don’t care about what people use and enjoy using, you want to know what’s going to bring in the most cash. For starters, especially if you’re joining the workforce and planning your career path, here’s a look at the top paid developer types around the world and what they make in USD:

Top Paying Job Titles According to Stack Overflow

More specifically, these are the technologies making money…

Top Paying Skills According to Stack Overflow