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.

The terrible 10: Programmers’ biggest frustrations

The terrible 10: 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

9 things you need to know to run a successful software development team

9 things you need to know to run a successful software development team

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

Just their type: 12 keyboards beloved by programmers

Just their type: 12 keyboards beloved by programmers

Software developers can become quite attached to the keyboards they use to bang out code all day. Here are some models that have significant coder followings

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

Up your coding game with these 7 practices of great programmers

Up your coding game with these 7 practices of great programmers

Experienced software engineers share their thoughts on what differentiates great programmers from good programmers and what it takes to up your coding game.

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

A fly named for Bill Gates and 9 other unusual honors for tech’s elite

A fly named for Bill Gates and 9 other unusual honors for tech’s elite

Over the years, these stars of technology have been showered with honors, some of which are a little odder than others

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

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