Music and work: Productivity boost or a distraction?
Every so often I see someone tweet the question: “Do you listen to music while you work?” These types of posts generally produce a lot of follower engagement because it seems everyone has an opinion on it. It’s a polarising topic, but who’s right? Is there an objective answer? In today’s post, I’m going to take a look at what science can tell us about the topic so far.(more…)
Managing your time with the Pomodoro technique
Despite my regular posts on productivity, I’m no natural when it comes to time management. I lack the self-discipline to focus relentlessly on a single task for an extended period of time and I get easily distracted. One day I decided that enough was enough. I needed a robust system to help me fight against interruptions and to manage my time better. That’s when I stumbled upon the Pomodoro Technique, and I’m happy to say it’s changed everything.(more…)
My 2020 Annual Plan In Review
I generally try to avoid the term “new year’s resolutions”. To me, new year’s resolutions are half-assed goals you set on the 1st of January and forget by the end of the week. Instead, every year I make an annual plan using Notion. How I organise this plan is an ever-evolving thing, I’m always changing and optimising it. In today’s post, I look back at how I organised things in 2020 and how I’ve improved my approach for 2021.(more…)
My approach to logo design
So you need to make a logo. Maybe it’s for yourself or maybe it’s for someone else. Either way, it can be a daunting task. In today’s post, I’m going to break down my typical logo design process. Hopefully, you can take something away from it to help you with your next logo design project.(more…)
Birdie Falls: My first foray into the world of game development
Video games have always fascinated me. In high school, I got Game Maker 6, a cross-platform game engine, from a computer magazine. I started tinkering with it and I was immediately hooked. Despite making a bunch of hobbyist games in my teens, none of them ever really saw the light of day. Fast-forward a decade later, during the COVID-19 lockdown, I finally took the time to realize one of my childhood dreams. I developed and released my first official video game, Birdie Falls. Well, a mobile game to be precise.(more…)
Why having a developer blog is a good idea
Welcome to my developer blog! I started this blog back in 2016 and while I’ve struggled with consistency in the past, this year I’ve made a conscious effort to post more often. Do you have a blog? Have you ever thought about maybe starting your own developer blog? In today’s post, I’m going to explain how I think every developer can benefit from having their own blog!(more…)
The power of the browser console
Most modern web browsers offer a developer console of some sort. While some of them may look a little bit different, for the most part, the functionality is similar. If you’re a developer, you’ve likely used it or at least seen it. However, a lot of developers only really scratch the surface when it comes to all of the features the browser console has to offer. In today’s post, I’m going to dive a bit deeper into how you can use the browser console to make your life easier.(more…)
Soft skills: Often overlooked skills to becoming a better developer
If you’re anything like me, you’d know how nerve-wracking the technical interview process can be. Especially if, like me, you’re not that technically proficient. But this process can be daunting even for those who are excellent coders.
Some developers can reverse a linked list or write an algorithm to check for palindromes in a jiffy. However, they are sometimes told they wouldn’t be a good fit for companies. So what’s the problem?(more…)
Back in the early days of the web, websites were pretty flat, and not the good kind. However, since CSS2 we’ve had the ability to set the z-index property on elements. This literally added a whole new dimension to websites: The Z-axis! The z-index CSS property allows us to choose which elements appear behind or in front of others on the page. It sounds pretty straightforward, but there are some caveats if you’re not familiar with it. Let’s have a closer look:(more…)
Hey procrastinator! You can stop doing things last minute.
Hello everyone. My name is Emile and I’m a procrastinator. I’ve always put off important tasks until I felt motivated or to fulfil my need for instant gratification. Luckily for me, over the past couple of years, I’ve started to break out of my natural cycle. However, sometimes my old ways do rear their ugly head. Last month it happened again…(more…)