Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

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Curriculum Roadmap

“PythonSneks: An Open-Source, Instructionally-Designed Introductory Curriculum with Action-Design Research” by Bart, Sarver, Friend, and Cox is one of my fav...
March 30, 2019

You Should Talk to HR

I was recently reminded that a lot of people in tech think HR’s only responsibilities are hiring, benefits, and firing. That’s not how it’s supposed to work:...
March 27, 2019


There are some threads right now on Twitter and on various forums I belong to about life after grad school—more specifically, about how little support grad s...
March 24, 2019

Twelve Weeks, Twelve Tools

Suppose you have a group of junior developers who have built moderately complicated web applications using Express and React, but don’t really understand how...
March 21, 2019

Educational Paramedics

Garrett Grolemund and I just wrapped up a couple of days of instructor training for RStudio staff, and one of the things I learned from participants’ questio...
March 20, 2019