Asking great questions about interviewing badly

Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, sucker for bad reality television, and boxed wine connoisseur. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology.


A handy guide to financial support for open source: An aggregated list of how people have gotten paid for doing open source work from small to large.

How the internet worksLyzi Diamond breaks it down for us.

Greater Than Code Episode 014: Own own Recompiler founder and editor-in-chief was featured on Greater Than Code last week. Audrey Eschright talks about writing, religion in tech, and community and labor organization.


How to ask good questions

Julia Evans wrote yet another awesome blog post (complete with drawings!) about asking people questions the right way. Start by knowing what is a good question to ask while stating what you already know, and also being prepared say what you don’t understand. Also be willing to do some research and figure out who the right person to ask is. Asking people for help when it’s a good time for them will play a big factor in the reception that you get. And when you’re done, and you have a solid answer to your question, make sure you return the favor and help others who may have the same question that you did!

A simple but difficult arithmetic puzzle, and the rabbit hole it took me down

Lindsey Kuper shares a puzzle that left her stumped and the journey she took to solve it with a little help from her friends. She also shares how there is more than one technique to solve this particular problem and documents the path that she took as well as others’ suggestions along the way.

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“Interviewing Candidates (Badly)” by Crystal Huff from DevOpsDays Tel Aviv

Crystal Huff shares mistakes that she has made and has seen others make during the hiring process. She also discusses how things like unconscious bias negatively influence employment decisions. We need to be asking candidates good and serious questions, as well as not asking people to disclose influential personal information. Hiring awesome employees boils down to putting time and effort into the interviewing process. And for goodness sake, never ask someone if they would eat a kitten to get the job.


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ngVikings: The main Angular conference in the Nordics
Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th: Copenhagen, Denmark

Sustainable UX: For UX, front-end, and product people who want to make a positive impact on climate-change, social equality and inclusion.
Thursday, February 16th, 2017: Online

PyCon Pune
Thursday, February 16th – Sunday, February 19th: Pune, India

PyCaribbean: The Premier Python Event in the Caribbean
Saturday, February 18th – Sunday, February 19th: Bayamón, Puerto Rico

DevNexus 2017: Connecting developers from all over the world, providing affordable education, and promoting Open Source values
Scholarship Opportunities Available! Apply by January 20th, 2017.
Wednesday, February 22nd – Friday, February 24th: Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, March 2nd – Friday, March 3rd: St. Augustine, Flordia

nz.js(con);: New Zealand’s National JavaScript Conference
Thursday, March 9th – Friday, March 10th: Wellington, New Zealand

RubyConf Phillipines
Thursday, March 16th – Friday, March 18th: Bohol, Phillipines

Render Conference: A 2-day conference for front-end developers – Scholarships Available! Apply by January 13th, 2017.
Thursday, March 30th – Friday, March 31st: Oxford, UK

DjangoCon Europe – Financial Assistance Available! Apply by January 16th, 2017.
Monday, April 3rd – Friday, April 7th: Florence, Italy

Women Techmakers Montreal
Saturday, April 8th – Sunday, April 9th: Montreal, Canada

Codeland (a CodeNewbie Conference)
Friday, April 21st — Saturday, April 22nd: New York City

DrupalCon – Scholarship Opportunities Available! Apply.
Monday, April 24th – Friday, April 28th: Baltimore, Maryland

Continuous Lifecycle London: DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Containerization
Wednesday, May 17th – Friday, May 19th: London

Wednesday, May 17th – Thursday, May 25th: Portland, Oregon

Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Austin, Texas

Monitorama: An Open Source Monitoring Conference & Hackathon
Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Portland, Oregon

PHP[tek]: The Premier PHP Conference
Wednesday, May 24th – Friday, May 26th: Atlanta, Georgia

Call For Proposals:

Codeland (a CodeNewbie Conference) – Closes January 8th, 2017 11:59PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!) Submit a Talk AND/OR Apply to Become a Panelist
O’Reilly’s Fluent Conference – Closes January 11th, 2017 2:59AM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference – Closes January 11th, 2017 2:59AM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
Women Techmakers Montreal 2017 – Closes January 15th, 2017 7:00PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
The Women and Trans Coders Lounge at MongoDB World – Closes January 16th, 2017
ChefConf – Closes January 18th, 2017 11:50 PST
CircleCityCon 4.0 – First Round Closes January 20th, 2017 11:59PM EST, Second Round Closes March 3rd, 2017 11:59PM EST
nz.js(con); – Closes January 22nd, 2017 3:00PM EST
Web Rebels – Closes January 29th, 2017 4:59PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
DrupalCon – Closes February 1st, 2017 11:59PM EST
Monitorama – Closes February 1st, 2017 7:00PM EST
Wonder Woman Tech – London: Closes March 1st; Long Beach: Closes June 1st; Washington DC: Closes September 15th

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