Phil Johnson

Writer/Editor at ITworld

I'm a writer and editor for ITworld.com, after having survived 17 years in the corporate wild as a software/web developer, technical lead and project manager.

In my spare time these days, when I'm not chauffeuring my daughters to and from school, lessons and Justin Bieber movies (ugh), I enjoy drawing cartoons, tweeting and taking pictures of cranes.

10 tried and true methods for breaking coder’s block

6 things all good software code has in common

6 things all good software code has in common

Not all source code is created equal. Here’s what developers say makes some software code far better than others.

Programmers’ biggest frustrations

Programmers’ biggest frustrations

As great of a job as software developer is, like any other job, it has its annoyances. Here is a list of the things most likely to make them pull their hair out

11 confounding programming language features

11 confounding programming language features

Programming languages are full of peculiarities but these oddities tend to make developers say “WTF?” more than most

How to run a successful software development team

How to run a successful software development team

Experienced software engineering leaders share what it takes to get the most out of your team.

5 tips for hiring software developers

5 tips for hiring software developers

Hiring programmers is hard, but these tips from companies trying to improve the process just might help you to better identify, recruit, and evaluate coding talent.

7 things every new programmer should know

Veteran software developers share the lessons they’ve learned over the years about how to successfully navigate the professional coding business

Houston, we have a bug: 9 famous software glitches in space

Houston, we have a bug: 9 famous software glitches in space

Software bugs can occur anywhere, but can be particularly troublesome (and costly) in space

Job outlook: Starting salaries for recent computer science graduates

Job outlook: Starting salaries for recent computer science graduates

This infographic based on a survey of recent college graduates demonstrates just how much the job market loves computer science majors

Welcome to the workforce: Advice for new programmers

Welcome to the workforce: Advice for new programmers

Veteran software developers share the lessons they’ve learned over the years about how to successfully navigate the professional coding business.

6 historic tech items that were rescued from the trash

6 historic tech items that were rescued from the trash

These pieces of technology history were almost lost for good until they were rescued from a dumpster, landfill, or recycling center

Don’t call it Linux! And other things that tick off Richard Stallman

Don’t call it Linux! And other things that tick off Richard Stallman

Love him or hate him, you have to admit that the founder of the free software movement isn’t shy about sharing his opinions on things he finds objectionable

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