Big Dreams and Ideas for Colorado Tech Weekly

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I am coming up on Colorado Tech Weekly #100. That will be 100 straight weeks of consistency! I am highly impressed and very surprised by this. I didn’t know I had it in me. I give the Colorado technology community a lot of credit for my consistency. I’ve been told on LinkedIn that CTW is considered a valuable news source and I was recognized by BuiltinColorado because of CTW. I also get a lot of enjoyment out of sharing the successes of the people, organizations and companies that make up the Colorado tech community. It’s turned into a labor of love.

As with any project there are things I’d like to do better or change. Here are some of my dreams for Colorado Tech Weekly:

  • A Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast: I’m a big fan of technology podcasts. I started listening to This Week in Tech about 10 years ago and now I listen to the Daily Tech News Show, Coder Radio, Ruby Rogues and The Code Newbies Podcast on a regular basis. The Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast would be a slightly deeper discussion on the 10 articles with a format similar to the Daily Tech News Show. I’d like to have a co-host and/or guests to help make the show more interesting.
  • Generate Some Revenue: As a hobby, CTW has been a success. It makes me wonder if I could add some advertising to make it a successful side business. However I don’t want to just stick some Google Ads in the posts. That’s lame. I’d like to talk to the people I am advertising for and I’d like them to be Colorado companies and organizations.  I’m also considering starting up a Patreon account for CTW.
  • Giving CTW it’s own site: I’m not sure how much I like this idea, but I’ll talk it out anyway. I made sure to get the www.coloradotechweekly.com URL and right now it just points to my Colorado Tech Weekly category page. Giving CTW it’s own site would give me more opportunity to modify the newsletter. The only downside is that one of the reasons I started CTW was to get people to visit my site so giving CTW its own site could be counterproductive.
  • Original content: CTW is simply a news aggregator. I like the idea of doing some actual journalism. I’m not sure if I ever will, but I like the idea.
  • Adding contributors: If I do the podcast, create a site just for CTW and/or start producing original stories I’m not going to be able to do it alone. Finding other people to help contribute to CTW sounds like fun.  Although I’m not sure how to manage that either.

Only time will tell if these dreams and ideas happen. As of now they’re just ideas. No plans yet.

Colorado Tech Weekly #74: Finding Inspiration

Colorado Tech Weekly Binary FlagColorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10  technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning!

I just finished listening to the latest episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Ruby Rogues. It’s a few Ruby programmers who spend most of their time talking about higher level concepts that ANY programmer of any language can appreciate. They had Kinsey Ann Durham, developer for Denver-based GoSpotCheck, as a guest and she talked about being a new developer and her path to that job. It’s inspiring to hear stories from developers like Kinsey. Give it a listen, get inspired and go to one of the events below!

For EVEN MOAR inspiration check out the stories of the CTA APEX awards and the TechStars “Where are they now” story.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • City of Denver clarifies software-tax policies to quiet concerns [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Rachio gets $2.5M so you can water your lawn from your cell phone [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Kindara receives $1.25M in new funding, $50K vote of confidence from consumers [BuiltinColorado]
  • MapQuest growing in Denver with Commute app [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Tech startup of the month: Boulder-based OpenSnow [CoBizMag]
  • Denver’s gSchool announces Go Microservices Track [galvanize]
  • Colorado Springs-based ISSAC receives 2014 Award of Excellence in Aerospace/Defense [CTA]
  • Denver-based Skiing in Colorado just got a whole lot cheaper with Outdoors.io [BuiltinColorado]
  • 14th annual APEX Awards recognize 10 outstanding technology leaders [CTA]
  • Where Are They Now? Featuring Rapt Media, Occipital and RoundPegg [Techstars]

Upcoming Events

Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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The Last Dev News Weekly: Where a newbie gives advice to newbies

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Dev News Weekly was designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

The thing about the software development field is that it’s fast moving, ever changing and now encompasses a wide array of skills, frameworks, languages and disciplines.

I often compare being a developer to being an author. Saying “I want to write code for a living” is a lot like saying “I want to be an author”, it doesn’t really narrow things down at all. If you’re an author you could write sci-fi, mysteries, biographies, historical fiction, “how-to” books, etc. If you’re a developer you could do web, mobile, wearable or PC development. Within each of those are thousands of options and combinations of languages, operating systems and frameworks to work with.

What I’m trying to say is, the thing about the software development field is that it’s fucking huge!

As a newbie to the profession, it’s important for me to realize that I cannot learn all the things right now. Spending my time reading about the newest tools to take advantage of the hottest frameworks within the most popular languages is not a good use of my time now. I just need to focus on my learning, so sadly I have to discontinue my Dev News Weekly posts.

10 Pieces of Advice from a Newbie Developer to Newbie Developers

  1. When you’re overwhelmed by all the frameworks and languages you want to try, just pick one and go with it to try it out. There’s no “right way” to find what you’re good at.
  2. Listen to experienced coders talk to each other. I do this by listening to podcasts like Ruby Rogues. It’s great to hear that experienced coders have some of the same issues you have.
  3. Don’t worry about doing it right. Don’t even worry about failing fast. Just try and then learn.
  4. Schedule time to write code (I need to follow this advice).
  5. Go meet developers in your area. They are mostly nice and mostly socially awkward too (I need to also follow this advice).
  6. You cannot learn all the things right now.
  7. Feel comfortable being uncomfortable. The unknown is your new home – via @DianeKerstein
  8. It’s almost always a typo and you can do it! – via @latazzajones
  9. Stick with it because it can be very overwhelming early on. – via @robertcyoung
  10. Start today. Stop reading about it and just start writing it. – via @brianllamar

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

twitter-logo-round-edgesMy pick this week is Twitter. You may have heard of it. It’s that site that lets you share what you had for lunch using 140 characters.

It’s also an outstanding way to connect with mentors, icons and other programming newbies. For example, when I got stuck on my advice list I asked for help on Twitter using the #codenewbie hashtag and was answered by other supportive developers and newbies. Give it a shot and follow me: @scottpantall.

Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news sources for developers (especially newbies like me), please let me know!

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