Preslav Mihaylov

Speaker, Software Engineer, Technical Trainer. Passionate about computer science, presentations and reading books

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You can’t succeed by slacking off

Many times in our lives, we are presented with a choice of what route to take. One is the easy route, and the other is the hard one.

For example, I constantly get messages from people in Facebook, trying to convince me to join them in their quest for easy money through multi-level marketing.
They go on saying that they don’t want to be like those poor people destined to work hard all their lives and get nothing in the end.
It’s better to work smart and get to the final destination of being wealthy with a shortcut. That will take you several months, they say.

And then you have the option to grow in your career, advance your skills and become a master in your craft. And that will take great amount of effort, years of consistency and discipline and great endurance.

The first one sounds more preferable, right?

But I recently watched a movie, called “Big Fish”, which had a scene where the main character could choose to get to his destination via two routes – the easy one, which most people prefer, and the hard one, which no one dares to take.

What the character said was “The more difficult something became, the more rewarding it is in the end”.

But isn’t that just some empty talk which is not applicable to life?

In this article, I am going to share with you the lessons I have learnt concerning this issue and my experience with it.

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The Books I Read in 2017

The past year, I was able to read 50 books. Some of which I read more than once.

Today, I will share with you what I think about all these books.

In general, I try to read books which I can directly apply to the things I am interested in – computer science, presenting, personal finance and personal development.

Apart from them, I read some fiction books as well, as I find some of them interesting. They help me sleep better at night.

But by the end of the year, I realized that there are lessons in some classical fiction books. That is why I tried reading some more uncommon books for me, such as “The Picture of Dorian Grey”.

I realized that you can learn all the things you read in self-help books, but they are hidden in the stories from fiction books.

The information is not so obvious, but if you look closely enough, you can see it.

So my goal for next year is to read some of those books as well.

Books from Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Hemingway. Bad thing is, I’m not very good in analyzing texts, so I can’t see the lessons those books show me. But, hopefully, at one point I will be able to grasp the gems from them as well.

Now, let’s look at the list from 2017.

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Hosting an AMA Feed in 2 days!

After my most recent post (How to properly use macros in C) I was invited to host an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session at AMA Feed.

This is a site, where various professionals hold sessions where anyone can ask them questions about their career, specialty and themselves.

If you want to get in touch with me, then feel free  to join and ask me anything!

My session will be on the 23rd December (In 2 days!) 10 AM Eastern Standard Time (7 PM GMT+2, Bulgarian time).

And this is a link to the session itself: https://TechAMA.com/472982

Looking forward to hearing from you there.

How to properly use macros in C

One strange phenomenon when coding in C is using macros.

This is not something which can be seen in modern programming languages (other than C++). And that is for a reason.

Using macros can be extremely unsafe and they hide a lot of pitfalls which are very hard to find. However, as a C or C++ programmer, inevitably, you will encounter macros in your coding life. Even if you don’t use them in your own project, there is a high chance you will encounter them somewhere else, such as a library.

Your duty is to understand why using this programming feature is dangerous and what dangers it holds. If you don’t, then you can run into some pretty nasty errors which are hard to debug and discover.

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The Productive Developer @ WordCamp Sofia 2017

After spending one great weekend at WordCamp Sofia 2017, I feel energized from all the great people I met there and all the awesome talks I saw.

It was a great event. WordPress people sure know how to make a conference. What also caught my attention was the professionalism of the speakers there.

Despite being a community event, most of the speakers had very professional slides and presented pretty well. On most of the events I go, I see those “Death by PowerPoint” presentations and I feel like that’s just how things are.

But at this event, I saw the tendency of many speakers getting literate in terms of their presentation design. They really put a lot of effort in their slides and presentations.  I even saw some things which were helpful for me as well and helped me improve my presentations!

It was a great conference. If you want to check out all the awesome talks from WordCamp Sofia 2017, visit this playlist.

My talk was less WordPress driven, but even so I believe it can be of great use to anyone who cares about being as great of a developer as he can get.

My talk is about Productivity. About the mindset behind being disciplined and performing in your work and using the right tools to help you achieve more.

It’s titled The Productive Developer.

The idea for this talk evolved through my blog and my original post with the same name.

So, if you care about advancing yourself and your career, give it a look:

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