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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Best of Reddit’s Inconvenient Volume Controllers

It all began one week ago, with a seemingly harmless post by PM_ME_YOUR_WATERMELO on Reddit. The question, “Who can make the best volume slider?” became the challenge that readers of the ProgrammerHumor subreddit took on. Let’s take a look at the best of the best.

Hope it isn’t too big of an inconvenience by TheDistantIsles:

Volumes should be unique by NeverMakesMistkes:

Don’t reach your daily limit by jetstream96r:

GPS Volume Control by mrzacharyjensen:

Volume in digits of Pi by renixreborn:

A new coloring book by Agne240:

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Resize your window by GiftOfDeath:

Very strict and precise volume slider by Zagged:

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A simple graphical volume control by mienys:

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Variables in C# | Unity Tutorial

Variables: the building blocks of code. When building a game in Unity, you often need to store information, such as a player’s age or the current time. Variables are perfect for storing data. If you are a beginner and want to learn how to build virtual reality games, check out our Unity3D course

In this tutorial, we will use an example of a cube to show some of the useful things variables can do. We will change the size, name, and rotation of a cube using variables in C#.

To simplify this example, you can delete the following lines from the C# script we created in the last tutorial.

// Use this for initialization
void Start () {

}

// Update is called once per frame
void Update () {

}

Changing Size

Suppose we want to change the size of the cube we created last time. We can create a variable to store a change in size. In Unity, you can see that the default Scale values of Cube are 1 1 1. In the Cube script, you can modify Cube’s Scale values in the Cube class. Type the following bold line of code in the script:

using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections;

public class Cube : MonoBehaviour {

public float sizeModifier = 2.5f;

}

The preceding code declares a variable named sizeModifier. In C#, the naming convention for variables is to capitalize the first letter of every word after the first word.

float means that sizeModifier stores a floating-point number, also known as a float. Floats are numbers that can contain decimal places.

The public keyword means that classes other than Cube can access sizeModifier. As well, using public allows us to modify sizeModifier in the Unity editor.

To declare sizeModifier, we could have just typed public float sizeModifier;. To initialize the variable (store a value in it), we added = 2.5f.

= assigns a value to a variable. The code to the right of the equals sign will be placed in sizeModifier. 2.5f stores the value 2.5 as a float.

Save the script. Open Unity. The sizeModifier variable will be represented as the property “Size Modifier” in the Cube (Script) component. Note that the script must finish compiling before you can see changes.

To change sizeModifier, you do not need to go to the Cube script, change 2.5, and wait for another compilation. Instead, you can change the value of Size Modifier in the Inspector. As such, you can test your values faster.

Renaming

Let’s rename Cube. To store Cube’s name, create another variable in the Cube class.

public class Cube : MonoBehaviour {

public float sizeModifier = 2.5f;
public string newName = "";

}

newName is a variable of type String. A string variable is a collection of characters. The value of a string needs to be enclosed in double quotation marks. Currently, the string is empty. Use the following format to name the cube “Cubey1337”.

public class Cube : MonoBehaviour {

public float sizeModifier = 2.5f;
public string newName = "Cubey1337";

}

Save the script, and open Unity. When the compilation completes, the field “New Name” will appear in the Cube (Script) component. Here you can change the value of newName, for instance, to “Cubey42”.

Changing Rotation

Another type of variable is the Boolean. A Boolean variable can contain one of two values: true or false. Use the following code to create a Boolean variable that determines whether Cube will be rotated.

public class Cube : MonoBehaviour {

public float sizeModifier = 2.5f;
public string newName = "Cubey1337";
public bool isRotated = false;
}

The value of isRotated is initially false, which means the cube will not be rotated. Save the script, and open Unity. The property “Is Rotated” will appear in the Cube (Script) component.

Unlike the Size Modifier and New Name properties, which are text fields, Is Rotated is a checkbox. The checkbox is checked when isRotated is true and unchecked when isRotated is false.

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Creating a C# Script | Unity Tutorial

Do you want to customize the behavior and appearance of your game objects? You can use script to do just that. This tutorial will be the first of a series in which you will learn how to code a C# script for Unity. If you are a beginner and want to learn how to build virtual reality games, check out our Unity3D course

Setting up the Scene

Create a new project in Unity named “CodeIntroduction”. Create a cube in the Hierarchy. Give Cube the position 0 0 0 so that it is centered in the Scene.

Let’s change Cube’s color. Create a material named “ColorMaterial” in the Assets folder. In the Inspector, change the material’s color to an orange with RGB values 155 153 0.

Drag and drop ColorMaterial from Assets to Cube in the Scene to apply the color to the cube. Set Main Camera’s Z position to -4 so that it is closer to Cube.

Save the Scene as “Game.unity”. A file named “Game” will appear in the Assets folder.

Creating the Script

Every game object in the Hierarchy has components in the Inspector. Unity provides components such as materials, collisions, and 3D primitives. To create a more complex game, you can write custom behavior for an object. To this, you create a script and attach the script as a component of the game object.

In the Project window, let’s make a script for Cube. Right-click in Assets. Select Create > C# Script.

A new file will appear in Assets. Name the file “Cube”.

When you create or update a script, a wheel will spin in the bottom right corner of the Unity window. This wheel spins when a compilation occurs. A compilation takes lines of code and converts it to a format that is easier for your game to process.

When the compilation is complete, the script has been added or updated. Then you can run the game to see the changes the script applies.

Every time you change and save a script, Unity will re-compile the project to ensure that everything is correct. If there is a mistake in your code, such as a missing character or invalid variable name, a message will appear in the Console.

Currently, the Cube script will not execute any code because it is not attached to any object. Let’s attach the script to the Cube game object. Drag and drop the Cube script to the Cube game object in the Hierarchy or Scene. Alternatively, drag and drop the script to a blank space in the Cube object’s Inspector.

A Cube (Script) component will appear in Cube’s Inspector.

Double-click on the Cube script in Assets to open it. The file “Cube.cs” will open in MonoDevelop-Unity, as evident in the next image. MonoDevelop is a free, open-source coding interface that downloads when you download Unity if you do not unselect Unity’s default downloads.

Note that if you prefer to use other tools, such as Visual Studio, Sublime Text, or Notepad++, you can configure Unity to use that text editor by default.

The first line in the script is using UnityEngine;. This line means that the code in the script can use items already implemented in the Unity engine.

using System.Collections; means that the script can use certain parts of the code that are already written in the C# environment for collecting objects.

The other code in the file defines the Cube class. public class Cube defines a public class called Cube. : MonoBehaviour means the class extends MonoBehaviour, which is the base class for a game object. The code we write between the curly braces will change how Cube behaves.

The default methods in the Cube class are Start and Update. The Start method executes code when the game begins. The Update method executes code constantly. Want to learn more about methods? Check out our Unity3D course, where you build 30 virtual reality games! Don’t forget to save your project.