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.

6 things all good software code has in common

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

11 confounding programming language features

11 confounding programming language features

Programming languages are full of peculiarities, but these oddities tend to make developers say 'WTF?' more than most

Superclass: 14 of the world's best living programmers

Superclass: 14 of the world's best living programmers

When developers discuss the world's top programmers, these names tend to come up a lot

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

7 things every new programmer should know

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 methods of great programmers

Up your coding game with these 7 methods 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.

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

6 historic tech items rescued from the trash

6 historic tech items 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

Superbugs: 11 software bugs that took way too long to squash

Superbugs: 11 software bugs that took way too long to squash

All software has bugs, but even the most well known applications can have errors and vulnerabilities that somehow go undetected for years -- or decades

9 programming languages and the women who created them

9 programming languages and the women who created them

From the dawn of mainframes through today, women have designed and developed programming languages that have had significant, lasting impact on software development

11 keyboards beloved by programmers

11 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

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