10 Gift Ideas for Programmers, Software Engineers, and IT Professionals

My friend circle has a lot of programmers and non-programmers and when it comes to buying gifts for birthdays, anniversary or holidays, I receive a lot of queries from my non-programmer family and friends about what to buy for a programmer? Well, buying a gift is easy but choosing or finding a right gift for someone is really really tough. I have had this experience when it comes to buying gifts for kids. I know they like toys but my wife told me to buy something more valuable, which not only keep them engaged but also provide value, help them in learning and they appreciate every time they use. That's a lot to cater in one gift, but that's the perfect gift, isn't it?

How to do group by in Excel - COINTIF function example

The Microsoft Excel is one of the best tools to analyze data and I think every programmer should be familiar with this tool. There are a couple of genuine reasons for why I am asking you to learn and master Excel. Since most of us work in Windows and Excel is almost always available, knowing how you can use it for your data analysis and reporting can really make a difference. Managers, Directors, Clients, and People at a higher level just love reports and once your experience grows, your responsibility also grows and you need to create many reports or work on Excel sheet generated by others. It automatically becomes part of your life, especially if you are progressing on project management space.

Best Course to Learn Spring Security 5 for Experienced Java Developers with Real world Examples

If you are a Java Spring developer and working with Spring Security then you may be familiar with the "Learn Spring Security" course by Eugen Paraschiv of Baeldung.com. It is one of the most advanced and comprehensive courses on Spring Security and the best part of this course is that Eugen always keeps it up-to-date with new Spring Security release. Now that version Spring Security 5 is out - he has updated his course to use new features of Spring Security 5. Btw, there is some really cool new functionality coming in Spring Security 5 for the reactive programming model, and many other improvements and new features. But, the most important one is the release of OAuth2.

Top 5 Android Online Training Courses for Java Developers

Java has been very lucky that Android uses it as a programming language. This opened a big door of opportunities for Java developers in Android app development. Many people ask me why Java Developer should learn Android? My simple answer is that good knowledge of Android OS improves your chances of getting a job and making a difference in people's lives because Android Apps is the direct way to connect billions of people. Android is without a doubt THE biggest mobile platform in the world, with over 80% market share and over billions of devices running Android. By creating apps for such a big platform, you have great opportunity to make a difference. You can also develop for Android on a Windows, Mac or Linux, which means your existing Java development experience will not go wasted.

Top 5 Courses to learn Big Data and Apache Spark for Java Developers

Slowing economy and the recent trend of job cuts in India and elsewhere have made many programmers anxious about their job security. I receive a lot of emails and Facebook chats about suggestions to improve IT skills to remain competitive and marketable. So, if you are in the same boat, you can learn Big Data and IT Automation to remain marketable. These two skills are in great demand and will generate a lot of jobs in future. I have suggested many Java developers around the world to learn Big Data Technologies e.g. Apache Spark to give their CV a new boost. Since it's not easy to learn a new technology and at a certain age, you feel a lot of restriction and resistance from both your body and mind. In order to overcome that I found a combination of books and online courses works great.

5 Career Development and Soft Skill books for Programmers and Software Developers

Most of the software developers, programmers, and coders spend a considerable amount of their time and energy on learning technologies which get obsolete in few years e.g. a new framework or a new programing language but they neglect something more important e.g. soft skills. Unlike technical stuff, soft skills will not only serve you good in your job and career but also in your life and it won't get obsolete as quickly as the new web application development framework you have just learned. Similarly, most of us put a lot of effort to get a job but after that, we don't put much effort to grow on that job, the result is many programmers and software developer stuck in their career.