Abbey Jackson

Abbey Jackson
Posted by Abbey Jackson
January 16, 2017

Remote Work Strategies: Give Yourself a Break

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Have you ever gotten so wrapped up in your work that the next time you look at the clock you realize the entire day has gone by and you haven't even moved from your chair? It is pretty common for remote workers, particularly developers, to become engrossed in their work and forget to take breaks. Developers have a compulsion for problem solving and have a hard time pulling away from an unfinished task. It should go without saying that this sort of fixation can become unhealthy, especially when it keeps you from eating or using the restroom.

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Abbey Jackson
Posted by Abbey Jackson
December 28, 2016

Remote Work Strategies: Boundaries

Between not having a required routine, home distractions, and lack of watercoolers to talk around, working from home can be challenging. Over the past couple of weeks we've been posting about some of the strategies our mobile developers use when working from home. We have covered how location conditioning and behavioral conditioning can be used to prepare yourself for work. Now we will go into more detail on setting boundaries to help you stay focused once you are working.

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Abbey Jackson
Posted by Abbey Jackson
December 21, 2016

Remote Work Strategies: Location Conditioning

Remote Work

Working from home can be both rewarding and challenging. Our mobile developers meet monthly to socialize and discuss any challenges we encounter. This article is the second in a series where we discuss some of the tips and tricks that we have used in order to create routines and maintain a work-life balance.

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Abbey Jackson
Posted by Abbey Jackson
November 28, 2016

Remote Work Tips: Conditioning

When you do remote work, you don't have the same natural constructs in place that mentally prepare you for the work day. There is no lunch room where co-workers are, no fridge to squeeze your lunch into, no smell of coffee wafting out of the kitchen, no colleagues hanging out by your desk to gab with.  When you go into a workplace, the very act of traveling there and entering the building puts you in work mode. You adjust your behavior, however so slightly. You probably don't swear as often, are wearing clean clothes, and have brushed your hair. Whether you realize it or not, these things are really important to set the stage for your work day - they condition you into work mode. As a remote worker you need to be conscious of this deficit and be diligent about finding your own work routines. Over the next few weeks, we will dig into several of the things our mobile developers do to be productive. These are tips that even non-remote workers can benefits from!

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Abbey Jackson
Posted by Abbey Jackson
April 27, 2016

So You're Thinking Of Making a Career Change

Career changes are scary. It takes a special kind of person to leap into the fire as an adult with bills to pay and family expectations to meet. If you’re thinking of making a career change, do you have what it takes? Have you thought about your family, your bills, how you will feel being the newbie in a career surrounded by smart young grads?

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Abbey Jackson
Posted by Abbey Jackson
January 26, 2016

A Guide to XCode UI Test

Apple’s new UITest suite has some developers excited, and others disappointed in lost functionality. UITest works differently than the functional testing solutions developers have come to rely on, such as KIF. Instead of giving you access to elements themselves, UITest gives access to proxy elements with minimal parameters to interact with. Learning to separate unit testing and unit based uitesting from functional testing can be a frustrating experience, especially when working with a new framework that still has its own kinks to work out. It is my hope the following guide will help developers form some clarity into the methodology needed when working with UITest.

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Abbey Jackson
Posted by Abbey Jackson
December 15, 2015

Top 46 iOS Developer Resources

I have collected a list of quality blogs, newsletters, courses etc to further an iOS developer's knowledge and stay on top of news. This is not a huge list of every resource out there by any means, but I think these are the best.

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