The classic idea of working nine to five in a cube farm is a fading concept. With the evolving world of the internet, cloud computing, and technology more and more people are being able to work from home. In fact they can really work from home, school, a hotel, or pretty much anywhere that has a reliable internet connection.
This is great news. People are working more efficiently. Some research suggests that in a regular eight hour workday the average person is only productive about two - three hours*. That means in the traditional setting many people are spending the remaining five - six hours filling time, having lunch, going to the water cooler, surfing the internet, reading this article :)
Sitting all day is not good for humans. Even when adults meet physical activity guidelines, sitting for prolonged periods can compromise metabolic health.** Working from home in a dark room isn’t great either. Bright artificial light in a dark room can be damaging to your health, in particular your eyes and brain. It is best to work in well lit areas and it's optimal to have natural light.
Having co-working spaces like FatPipe, Free Range, Galvanize, just to name a few, (they are popping up, and I anticipate more to open) are the wave of the future. Places set up with great internet for you to work.
With all of this working freedom developers need to develop in ways that are just as free. With platform as a service they have the freedom to access their code where ever they are whether it is a cowering space, a coffee shop, or that cool brewery that just opened on second street. Accessibility is important when it comes to development.
Freedom is something else I’ve said here a couple of times. Developers need a platform that gives the freedom of taking their code into what ever environment they’d like. Also if they need help setting up the environment it shouldn’t take forever and cost an arm and a leg. For this reason I like Digital Garage. Easy for developers to build their applications. They have the freedom to use any language, framework, database, etc. they prefer.
Many of you I'm sure have heard of Heroku, but one huge thing that DG has over them is that they are not proprietary. Also since the platform is based on Docker and Kubernetes, it is super easy to move your application to another infrastructure for production if you want. Or not, you can keep it on DG. That is the beauty, you have the freedom to choose! You don’t get locked in, and you don’t get locked out.
Embrace the freedom and accessibility of the future.
** Owen, Neville, Geneviève N. Healy, Charles E. Matthews, and David W. Dunstan. "Too Much Sitting: The Population-Health Science of Sedentary Behavior." Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 July 2010. Web. 05 May 2017.