I sat down last night to watch the ’80s movie classic, "The Karate Kid." In addition to being overwhelmed with nostalgia for my childhood, I...more.
As kids, we learned to listen and to speak before we learned to read. We started our lives cooing indecipherable nonsense, and slowly adopted the...more.
>_One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it you have no certainty, until you try._ >_— Sophocles_ It was...more.
When I first started learning how to develop software I was fortunate enough to be paired with a [mentor](http://8thlight.com/team/mike-jansen) right off the bat. Then only...more.
Before I started working at 8th Light I spent two years at a boarding school teaching German, Economics, and coaching fencing. Although I didn’t study...more.
Since high school, every class I can remember began with a syllabus. On it were due dates of assignments, tests, projects, and readings. These were...more.
Becoming an apprentice is a blow to the ego. It is submitting to publicly acknowledging that you do not know all the answers. It is...more.
Lately, I've been learning a great deal about pedigree. It's a learning that actually began in my teenage years. Back then, I used to spend...more.
If there is anything which life as a student has taught me, it is how to learn. Prior to my start as an apprentice, I...more.
At 8th Light, the beginning of an apprenticeship is marked by the signing of a contract. In writing, both the apprentice and the mentor willingly...more.
A recent search on [Career Builder] , found that out of over 12,000 software development positions, only 120 of them were tagged ”entry level.“ With...more.
Software apprenticeship programs are popping up all over the place in software. They are a response to the common notion that contemporary academia is not...more.
It is unrealistic to think of even the most master craftsmen as isolated geniuses. Craftsmen do not exist in bubbles, and their interests vary just...more.
In the past year I've started to shift into mentoring more, both at 8th Light and outside of 8th Light. Despite having been a craftsman...more.
Last year, when I was looking for post-graduation jobs, I had no idea that I would end up at 8th Light. I went to a...more.
In 6th century B.C., during the Spring and Autumn period, China was torn apart by feudal lords and royalty from the declining Zhou dynasty. Amidst...more.
Good design sense is a skill that comes only from many years of coding experience. Sometimes it can be very difficult to make those design...more.
8th Light has an apprenticeship program whereby an 8th Light craftsman will mentor an individual for three months. During that time, the craftsperson becomes responsible...more.
David Hoover asked me a few questions about my experiences as a software apprentice. I was happy to answer his questions and pleased to hear...more.