Chris

While working as a researcher in distributed systems, Dr. Christian Mayer found his love for teaching computer science students. To help students reach higher levels of Python success, he founded the programming education website Finxter.com. He's author of the popular programming book Python One-Liners (NoStarch 2020), coauthor of the Coffee Break Python series of self-published books, computer science enthusiast, freelancer, and owner of one of the top 10 largest Python blogs worldwide.
His passions are writing, reading, and coding. But his greatest passion is to serve aspiring coders through Finxter and help them to boost their skills. You can join his free email academy here.

Computer Science PhD: A Simple Formula for Massive Success 🌟

Almost precisely four years ago I watched a TED talk that changed my life.  I had just finished my computer science master and was starting out as a fresh Ph.D. student in the department of distributed systems… … and I was overwhelmed. There are many computer science students reading the Finxter blog so I hope …

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How Many Publications Does One Need to Get a Ph.D. in Computer Science?

The following answer is based on my experience during the last four years as a doctoral researcher in the area of distributed systems. I don’t know about practices in all different areas in computer science. Computer science is a big field and there are extremely large differences in the quality and quantity requirements of your …

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How to Block Any Site on Windows & Instantly Double Your Productivity (No Plugin, All Browsers)

Can you invest one minute now to instantly double your productivity? Watch out, the following trick can earn you tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars and make you a productivity animal in no time. Block all websites that are not leading you towards your goal. Extremely simple but powerful nonetheless. Type “Editor” into …

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Every Pro Coder Must Know These 5 Technologies to Earn More $$$

What are the most important skills you can have as a freelance developer? You may ask this question because you need to know where to focus and concentrate your learning effort. While I focus on the most important technologies in this article, I believe that the ultimate driver of your success is your knowledge of …

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Coding: Why You Can Have Average Intelligence and Still Outsmart Everybody Else

What is more important for your success as a coder: intelligence or persistence? In my opinion, there’s a clear winner. You may know the Marshmallow test where kids participate in the following experiment. Every kid gets one Marshmallow as a gift. The kid then can either eat the Marshmallow immediately or wait for an agreed-upon …

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Low Risk High Gain? How to Create a Coding Side Business

Do you dream of becoming self-employed? More than 50% of people in America want to become self-employed and becoming their own boss. But many people have limiting beliefs regarding becoming self-employed. They fear to be forced to file for bankruptcy because of a lack of cash coming in. They fear of creating something new in …

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Don’t Steal my Biz! How to Create a Barrier of Entry for Your Freelancer or Software Business

If you are a coder and you’ve developed software which you want to sell on the marketplace, you need to determine a strategy to protect your business in the long run. And if I write “protect”, I don’t mean from a legal point of view because most people cannot afford large legal departments. It’s more …

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