It happens to all of us. Maybe you trashed the sticky note you wrote the password on. Maybe someone on your dev team changed the database connection credentials and forgot to tell you. Maybe it’s been a while since you last connected to the database, and now when you try to connect, for some unknown reason, it’s not working. Whatever the case, there’s nothing worse than firing up HeidiSQL, receiving a connection error and not being able to tell if the stored password is correct.
Chances are, even as a front-end developer, you’ll stumble upon runtime exceptions at some point if you do any amount of work in Java. You may not be obligated to fix these back-end issues, but having a general understanding of what they are and how to read them is key to being able to maintain effective communication with your internal team and external users.
If you work with people and/or manage people that you find difficult to deal with, keep reading. This post reviews the concept of Social Styles and how to leverage them for improved communication and collaboration in a team work environment.
Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future is a very inspiring book. And with SpaceX’s CRS-7 having just exploded—the third resupply mission to fail in only a couple months—finishing this biography recently made the journey through it timely.
Make It So, by Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel, is a terrific exploration of interaction design lessons from science fiction. It covers everything from commonly found mechanical controls and visual interfaces to emerging technologies and languages like volumetric displays and gestural interfaces and beyond.