How to Work Remotely and Still Be the Best


Written by Irina Papuc Topics: Self Improvement

The Remote Worker’s Tool Belt

Starting a new remote or work from home gig, be it a contract project or a full-time job, can be a little intimidating if you’re used to going into an office day after day.

But this style of employment is growing in popularity, with some very notable companies lending it their endorsements.

I’ve successfully worked remotely using these tools for years now on projects of various scales and durations. With this post, I hope to enumerate some of the best practices that I’ve picked up for working in a variety of situations. The remote and work from home guide here ranges from specific recommendations for software and hardware, to tips for hitting your team’s deadlines.

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Wheat Belly Book Recommendation & Hidden Gems #4 | Dr. William Davis


Written by Jason Nesbitt Topics: Books, Self Improvement Wheat Belly Book

Wheat Belly Book

Warning: Following the Guidance of The Wheat Belly Book May Make You Feel Amazing

Thanks for joining me again for the Wheat Belly book recommendation. This is one of my favourite topics in life: diet and nutrition. If you know me, you’ll know how obsessed I get with the different fuels that feed our body and my belief of how much of an impact they have on our body.

To summarise the Wheat Belly book and entice you to keep on reading I will provide you with the following sentence:

If you want to feel more awake, lose weight and understand the fuel of your body more then you have to read this book!

So, if that floats your boat and you’re drooling at the idea of losing weight (irony), then enjoy the summary and hidden gems below of:

Wheat Belly book by Dr William Davis – Click Here to Get Your Copy

Summary & Recommendation

This book will get you excited about how amazing you could feel so definitely comes highly recommended from my humble self.

You’ll be amazed by not only the weight loss impact, but the medical issues that have been resolved by removing this white demon. I enjoy the humour of dislike towards wheat induced people. A fun style of writing that makes it very easy to read.

Reading it made me begin to wonder if most of our foods are empty calories with minimal benefit….Is that something you have ever pondered before? I’ll leave you to read the book and decide for yourself.

I’ll summarise the general findings of it: modern wheat is very genetically modified to create a lot more of it. It results in spikes insulin that make us tired, more hungry, gain weight and have an array of health issues. It’s cheap and fills us up.

This is such a hot topic that I don’t think it needs anymore of a recommendation. After reading it, you’ll be looking out for the wheat belly everywhere and feeling content at having a better understanding of what causes it. Onwards to the gems hidden in the book.

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Learn to Code: Toptal’s Quick And Practical JavaScript Cheat Sheet: ES6 And Beyond


Written by Irina Papuc Topics: Learn to Code

JavaScript: What is ES6?

ECMAScript 6 (ES6) is the latest standard specification of JavaScript, the programming language of the Web. Since HTML5 and the birth of Node.js, the runtime that allows us to run JavaScript on the server or desktop, JavaScript has gained a unique momentum. There is a growing adoption rate among enterprises, embracing it into production, and thus its newest features were greatly awaited.

We created this cheat sheet as a list of ES6 features we use everyday. Trying to be comprehensive but concise at the same time, new API methods are left apart. For those who need them, make a quick search by yourself or try to explore the MDN documentation to catch the latest experimental APIs. However, some the most bleeding edge characteristics like async and await from the next specification draft (ES7) are included. This is because of most of us developers are going to use a transpiler like Babel anyway to get advantage of the newest JavaScript.

You can test out some of the mentioned tips by running the node REPL with this command:

node --use-strict $(node --v8-options | grep harm | awk '{print $1}' | xargs) #ES6

Or, use directly a babel-node to get the most of Javascript in your console.

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Bootstrapped: Building A Remote Company


Written by Irina Papuc Topics: Business

The Dream: Building A Remote Company

If you ask me, working remotely rocks. I’m currently writing from a small beach bar located on a remote island in southern Thailand. Looking up from my laptop, I see nothing but the endless ocean and its crystal clear blue waters. I’ll be enjoying this morning undisturbed and focused on my work because the rest of the team hasn’t even gotten up yet. Time zones work out really well for distributed teams.

My colleague Thomas recently talked to 11 thought leaders in project management about the impact of remote work on a company; some scrum experts argued that distributed teams could work together effectively while others came out strongly against it.

I understand the concerns; you can’t just open up the office doors and release everyone into the wild. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll end up with a thriving business. Marissa Mayer at Yahoo famously axed remote work in 2013 after feeling that some employees abused it.

So how does a tech company get this working remote thing right? Read on. The following is based on our story at Planio and how we made it work.

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Learn to Code: Wisdom and Tools for the Journey


Written by Irina Papuc Topics: Learn to Code

Learn to Code

Programming is a great skill to have. It is hugely rewarding on both a personal and professional level, giving you the ability to build and tinker and invent. It can open doors to all kinds of career paths with great benefits, be it a respectable paycheck, freedom to work when and where you want, or all of the above.

It’s no surprise that more and more people, from all kinds of backgrounds, are deciding to learn to code. But, each person who tackles the task is soon faced with an unpleasant reality: Learning to program is hard.

Complicated and confusing, at first, much of coding doesn’t make any damn sense. Contrary to expectations, the feeling of “I don’t get it,” may persist unabated long into the journey, making once bright-eyed beginners feel hopeless, lost, and ready to give up.

The moral of the story is this: Be prepared. The path to programmer paradise and learning to code is a long one, and without the right mindset at the beginning, it can quickly lose its appeal.

In this article, I’ll attempt to give you some guidance on what to expect on your journey, how best to go about it, and what tools and resources you may find helpful along the way.

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