Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.

Breaking Down Barriers: How Coding Workshops Can Help Encourage Women in Computer Science – “Spread out over seven weeks, the “Code Carrots Seattle” workshop joins mentors and participants to collaborate on a project of their choice. The groups can pick to learn any new coding language: the projects vary from designing a web page to developing an online app. GGC events are held with women in mind, but men are welcome to sign up for the workshops.”

Riding the Magical Escalator of Acquired Knowledge (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “The Magic Escalator of Acquired Knowledge represents all the knowledge the user can have about the design. When they are at the bottom, they know very little about the design, and when they are at the top, they know everything there is to know about it.”

Be a Leader Who Can Admit Mistakes – “Being a leader doesn’t mean that you’re always right or that you won’t err. What being a leader does mean is airing the reasons for why you did something and then making yourself accountable for the results—even if those you’re accountable to don’t directly work for you.”

Single Page Applications, Angular.js and Accessibility (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “Developers face pretty specific challenges when creating a highly accessible single page application (SPA) user experience. This in-depth tutorial outlines some best practices and accessibility challenges common to SPAs (and specifically Angular apps) so you can build an SPA that works for everyone.”

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Investor Presentations (Thanks to Brian Zimmer for recommending this article) – “Making a great first impression is critical to traction when presenting to investors who have heard hundreds, if not thousands of qualified entrepreneurs pitch their companies. While the “proverbial” perfect pitch is rare, avoiding these common pitfalls is instrumental in establishing the foundation of an eye-popping investor presentation.”

A Product Person’s Guide to Enterprise Selling – “Just as with code, one can devise an architectural view of how enterprise selling works. And like code, it is best to approach the process of selling using an architecture, rather than just diving in and writing code. Unlike code, if you act in haste or otherwise squander an enterprise opportunity there’s not really a chance for a rewrite or undo so it is best to approach with caution.”

Health Experts Have Figured Out How Much Time You Should Sit Each Day (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “Medical researchers have long warned that prolonged sitting is dangerous, associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems. Some have gone on to say that the office chair is worse for your health than smoking and kills more people than HIV. Even working out vigorously before or after work may not compensate for extending sitting. But now, those researchers have come up with formal suggestions for how much time to sit and to stand that could dramatically change our work habits.”

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