My favorite Chrome extensions for developers.

1. Code References

Code References allows you to find any element, tag or method in the extension’s the supported languages. You can use the Search tool to find the element you’re looking for. A handy replacement for Google!

2. Upwave

Upwave is a project management app that is good for people who often work long-distance with a virtual team. With this extension, you can stay aligned with your coworkers and track the progress of your projects.

3. Earth View from Google Earth

Every time you open a new tab, this extension displays a Satellite image from Google Earth in your browser. This is a pleasant extension that makes your Chrome experience more enjoyable.

4. The QR Code Extension

With this extension, you can generate a QR Code for the page URL of your current tab. One click on the extension displays the QR Code in a pop-up.

5. ColorZilla

Get a color reading from any point in your browser. ColorZilla also lets you adjust the color and paste it into another program! And more.

Want to become a web developer? You should enrol in this Mammoth Interactive course:

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Play our new game.

Mammoth Interactive has released a brand-new game: Pluvo!

Play it now.

Pluvo is a simple minimalist puzzle platformer you can finish in one sitting.

This pay-once, own-forever game is a must have for anybody who likes simple and short puzzle platformers. Please note that this app is currently only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

Solve each level’s maze to collect the key that will transport you further along.

No micro transactions or ads. Simply pay once and pick up this game whenever you want to relax and work out your brain.

Watch the gameplay on our Youtube channel:

Come play this enjoyable game! If you are sick of micro-transactions, this game is for you. Simply buy it and own it forever.

Get Pluvo now.

Pluvo is a puzzle platformer with intuitive controls. There is no on-screen D-Pad.

Try out the controls and you’ll see they make the game enjoyable to play. Here is a break-down:

  • Touch the left or right side of the screen to move
  • Double-tap to jump
  • Destroy enemies by jumping on top of them

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Explore the minimalist aesthetics of this rainy box world! Complete levels, collect power-ups and evade enemies.

Play Pluvo!

Made in the user-friendly game engine Construct 3, we hope this game inspires you to make your own. You can learn how to build similar games in the following Mammoth Interactive courses:

6 skills every coder needs to get a job in 2018.

What it means to be a coder changes every year. Not only do you need hard skills (tech abilities), you also need soft skills, which concern the more human aspect of work.

1. The ability to take risks.

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Because projects can fail, it’s smart to have multiple streams of income. For example, if you design websites, have multiple projects going on at the same time. It is risky to take on a new project that you’re unsure will succeed. However, it’ll pay off in the long run because your income is diversified.

Get in the habit of making semi-predictable decisions and dealing with the loss. You must get comfortable with losing time or money on a project. The more comfortable you become, the more risks you’ll be able to take.

If you start a project – say, a game – and it fails, figure out what went wrong. Write down everything you can improve next time, and steps you can take to prevent the same things from going wrong. Then try again.

Even if a project fails, there is always something to learn from it. There will always be a next time as long as you don’t overextend on a project. By have multiple projects at once, you prevent yourself from overextending.

Be open to the risk it takes to accept new projects.

2. Self-Promotion

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In a world where the value of ‘me’ grows every day due to social media, your personal marketing skills become more important to your success as a coder. Not only are you marketing your skills – you’re marketing your personality.

A small business will look at what you’re like as a person to work with because they’ll be dealing with you every day. You have to be friendly but also know how to boast your talent.

Talking about yourself doesn’t have to feel sleazy. To be a tolerable – and better – self-promoter, simply talk about your projects and what you’re working on.

Be warm and open, and talk about your projects in a positive way. What you don’t want to do is spread negativity.

Self-promotion isn’t greedy. If you do it correctly, it is but a conversation.

3. Adaptability

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As technology changes, you have to keep learning. If you work at a small business or tech company, you might get new management or change locations or working styles. You have to be adaptable to what life throws you. I say, this keeps life interesting!

4. Clear Communication

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As a coder, understanding your team is crucial when working on projects. To deliver effective communication, think before you speak. When you talk to someone in person, bide your time before blurting out a response.

You can use the objects around you to fill time while you mentally form a clear response. When you meet someone for coffee, use your coffee cup to distract the person with an action while you think.

Alternatively, say, “Hmm, that’s a good idea,” and pause for a second. This shows your conversation partner that what they said requires your reflection. They’ll appreciate this – people love it when you think about what they say.

Of course, the way you offer communication varies with each situation. While going out for coffee with friends, you can respond slower and sit more casually than when you’re at a job interview that requires you to be professional and ready to answer.

If you do have miscommunication with someone, get feedback from the person on what you can alter so that the same miscommunication doesn’t happen again.

5. Long-Distance Communication

 

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Not only do you have to be able to communicate clearly in person, you also have to be able to do so online. To maintain a close connection with a virtual team, set up a team chat. A team chat is a chatroom where you can talk to your team members.

A team chat is a great place to share information about your project or have a bit of fun. Because technology is so prevalent in our daily lives, it’s only natural to have a digital conversation with your coworkers about topics. You can post anything like funny videos or gifs in this team chat.

There are many different programs that you can use for team chat. We at Mammoth Interactive use Discord, which allows us to categorize our conversations.  

6. Divergent Thinking

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Get inspiration from outside your field. Even if you’re a coder, this doesn’t mean you have to only watch coding tutorials. Learn about an adjacent topic, such as design. This will allow you to cross-pollinate your ideas and skills, which will increase your creativity.

Even if you think, “I never use this skill at my job,” you’ll surprise yourself by being able to apply a seemingly unrelated skill that you watched a short tutorial on. Fast, compact courses are great for this. We have many courses perfect for this kind of learning, including:

Divergent learning and thinking will make you better at reverse-engineering ideas. After all, it’s been said there’s no such thing as a new idea but rather the same one changed around for the times.

Reverse-engineering is like taking apart a clock and rebuilding it. It means getting inspiration from what’s popular in order to stay relevant and, well, in business.

To learn more about skills that will better yourself as a candidate in your field, enrol in our Soft Skills course.

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Insights into the future of the workplace.

Read below some key takeaways from a recent global survey from Dimension Data

The Digital Workplace Report looks into how organisations are evolving from a traditional office environment to a digital workplace. They surveyed 850 business and IT leaders who are driving changes within their companies around the world.

¼ of businesses predict workspace analytics tools, augmented reality tools, and micro-training will have a role in the office environment within the year.

62% expect virtual advisors to have a place in their companies in the next 2 years. These virtual assistants are bots in applications that use artificial intelligence and machine learning.

of organisations need support from external partners for workplace technology solutions. require significant support, where third-party partners hold a central role.

53% of organisations report that smart meeting rooms that provide workers with access to conferencing technologies are central to significantly improving business processes.

On the list of tech trends important in determining workspace strategy, #1 is “Embracing consumerisation of IT for collaboration and productivity apps.

IT directors are closely involved in business strategy. They have the most influence in driving workstyle changing in ¼ of surveyed organisations.

The traditional office is not dead. 63% of enterprises indicate that most or all of their employees work in a standard office. This is barely expected to change in the next 2 years.

Open offices are a trend, which include unassigned seating, open-plan design, and informal meeting spaces.

To read more, grab a copy of the report here

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