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Father’s Day for coders: Daddy Developer Tech Tips

Recently, my time has been a little pre-occupied. Not so much because of all the awesome new technical innovations I have been able to work on lately like microservices in .NET, nor because of the awesome new features happening in .NET that is causing a revolution in the linux space, but instead, it is because of this guy:

Sleeping Baby

I wonder if he is dreaming about code too…

In the past few months, I have had the great honor of becoming a father. And fun and exciting as that may be, I have to admit, it is a bit of work that takes away from a lot of time and energy.

In case you find yourself in a similar world, I am here to help by sharing a few of the awesome tidbits I have come across that make having a baby manageable in the demanding world of the tech industry.

Let’s get started…

Tablets EVERYWHERE

Daddy reading tablet

OMG, how did we exist as a species without these things!? Initially they were a blessing as I ended up being stuck in the hospital with nothing to do while my wife suffered and cursed me I went through the magic and miracle of birth. Only later, after our baby was born did I realize a tablet’s true magic!

Harry Potter on Tablet

Real Magic!

I can lookup an immediately needed baby treatment. Or when I find myself bored as I walk around a room consoling my son, I can read tech news/books! Useful tip: read enthusiastically to your child, even if it is not “The Happiest Little Elf”, just the fact that it is interesting to you (like this blog hopefully) will pique your child’s interest by your enthusiam.

Microservices Book

The daddy monolith then posted to the baby service…

My favorite thing about tablets: with inventions such as swype, you can still do basic work/email/chat and once again feel productive!

Luckily I was able to buy a few different brands of cheap tablets before the baby was born. Keep in mind, you have 9 months to buy tablets, so keep an eye out for sales, especially on deal sites such as woot.com or during Christmas (the kindle fire is almost a dead ringer for a sale for less than $35 at least twice a year).

Start reading “dad” books on your tablet!!!

 

Book Be Prepared

A life saver for me was the book “Be Prepared”. A friend recommended it when we announced, and being a former boyscout, I must admit I was nowhere near as prepared as I thought I could be, but this book has had my back when I have needed it. I must admit, in this day and age, there really is no excuse for dads not to read something about parenthood with the availability of so much information.

The best part about this book: it tells you the things you really care about, like how to stop a baby’s crying, how to change diapers without getting poop everywhere, or how to sleep (spoiler: you don’t… just kidding, but it does have some good tricks for the worst of nights).

Broken up by age in months, and being a short read, it feels like I am reading cheat codes for parenthood.

Mortal Kombat babality

Even nurses at the hospital asked where I had gotten my “experience”, whether it was from other children or having lots of siblings. Luckily my wife was there to inform them I cheated.

Use a standing desk AND a baby carrier at the same time

As developers, I think most of us are pretty used to the fact that we live a sedentary lifestyle almost to the point of sloth. As such, we have learned that standing desks are the “supposed” cure for our lethargic lifestyles.

Despite my unwillingness to conform to the new norm of standing desks, I must admit, it is not that bad when you are forced down that path.

StandingDesk

Luckily I was able to find a few tidbits from Jimmy Bogard’s blog on how to setup a standing desk. I also was able to find some cheap chromebooks online, so this turned out to be a lot simpler than I imagined with my kitchen bar meeting my needs without having to go and get a lot of equipment from ikea (so far).

Also, if you find it too hard to concentrate and work with a baby on you, I have come to find that Star Wars Battlefront has the advantage of having perfect star wars lullabies and rocking movements that work for those middle of the night wakings as well.

Daddy baby gaming

Assume there’s a Technology for that

Magic Merlin Sleep Suite

Conclusion

The above are just a few of the awesome little tricks I have come across with the help of technology, but I will be needing more in the upcoming months. As such, if you do find you have any tips, please share them in the comments!

And most importantly, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

Smiling BabyDad and son

  • Craig Schumacher

    Reading this just made my day Steve! I saw the title of the blog and knew that it had to be you. It’s good info that i’ll have to take into consideration soon enough…