How to Learn Best as a Developer

At Quick Left, we spend a lot of time thinking about how we learn. As consultants, getting ramped up on code is the name of the game, so effective learning is an essential skill for us. Even if you’re not in consulting, knowing the lay of the land when it comes to the latest and greatest technologies is essential if you’re a developer. Things change so rapidly, and we inevitably invest some time learning things we’ll never use. Because of this, it’s important to be efficient in our learning, to minimize wasted time and effort. In this post, we’ll talk about how to examine your process so that you can figure out how learn best as a developer.

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The Gift of GIFing

Being the newest addition to the Quick Left family I'd like to share a few thoughts on our culture. More specifically, the “GIF Culture”. First off, a GIF is a graphical interchange format, which in laymen's terms is something that looks like this....

It's no secret we QL'ers love us some GIFs. See our QL Annual Report for statistics on exactly just how much we love them (and cats).

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GlueCon 2014 – Deconstructing Women in Technology: What is the data really telling us?

This past week, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a keynote speaker at GlueCon 2014 in Broomfield, CO.

At Quick Left, I'm passionate about creating an environment for our developers that harbors creativity and collaboration, and believe incorporating women on my team is a key element to what makes our company work so seamlessly.

While the focus of my keynote was about the state of women in the computer industry, I truly believe that overall diversity is what makes teams work well, and this is why it's important to have a good mix on all teams.

Here are 7 ways to promote a better performing team:

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Get on Your Bikes and Ride: Summer Bike to Work Day and Beyond

Quick Left is a world class mobile web and app development company but that doesn’t really describe us as a team. Come hang out with QL and you will quickly learn who we really are; bike nerds. Every Monday morning you can hear tales of what trails were discovered, how many vertical feet were climbed, most mileage ridden, biggest power profile, and how many strava segments were owned (and yes, there's a Quick Left Bike Gang Strava group).

Quick Left Does Summer Bike to Work Day 2013 from Quick Left on Vimeo.

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