Software Engineer's path to the best annual performance review

How the annual review scores are formed in the eyes of managers always fascinated me. I have five years of experience with annual reviews myself, and I was always able to do well on them. As a tech lead, I got to give recommendations and participate in some discussions with managers. I formed a pretty firm and possibly naive point of view on them now. The process The way the process went in my last company, and I suspect in most big companies, is like this: At year’s end, the employee is asked to fill out a long form about his achievements and goals.

Why Visual Studio keeps rebuilding my projects for no good reason

Did you ever feel like Visual Studio is rebuilding projects every single time, even when there were no changes to the code? We can build, change nothing, build again and there we go… VS is starting a build instead of saying all my projects are up to date. Also, there’s that nagging feeling that even when we do change something, VS is building way more projects that it needs. Like most things I do in life, frustration led me to look further into this matter.

How my life changed when moving from TFVC(TFS) to Git

After working for the last three years with TFS’s classic source control TFVC, I recently moved to a new company and with that, to Git. Before working with Git, I loved working with TFVC. I thought it was great and pretty much the most I can expect from a source control. Git, however, changed the way I work with source control and even the way I think about source control.

My job hunt experience and my new Gig

After a relatively short time looking for a job, I joined my a new company: CodeValue. Specifically, I’m working on the OzCode project (which is awesome). But a bit later on that… First let me tell you a bit about my job hunt experience. Started looking for a job I got my CV ready and very hesitantly started to apply for some jobs. If you ever tried looking for a software job in Israel you probably know that almost all jobs are posted through personnel companies, and applying for one job means your CV will end up everywhere.

The Over Designer

Have you ever encountered an over designer? An over designer is a software developer that had some life changing event and became obsessed about architecture. The result being, obsessive decoupling, endless coding of Factories, creating deep (also needless) inheritence hierarchies and various use of design patterns for no good reason. I believe the over deisgner is a mutation in the natural evolution of a software developer. Software Developer’s Evolution Not every software developer reaches to Senior level.

My first Post

My name is Michael, welcome to my blog. I’m 33, live in Israel, working as a .Net and C++ software developer, interested in everything about programming. I wanted a place to share my bit of knowledge with the community. Keep up with the blog and I hope to get your interest. trigger ga