Thank You

03. December 2016 Uncategorized 0
Thank you to my dad, who always had a computer at home. Who was always willing to let me explore and experiment. Who wasn’t afraid I’d ruin something. To John Osgood, who was a good friend that would help me build games. Even later, when you turned on me, you inadvertently solidified my inner strength. Because ...

I Created Something With Phoenix

09. November 2016 One-Time 0
For those that don’t know, I actually run two blogs. I have this one where I talk primarily about software development, and I have CouchJitsu where I talk about another hobby: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  I’ve been training BJJ for a little over 4 years now and I really enjoy it.  Not long after I started ...

My Journey With Imposter Syndrome

23. October 2016 soft skills 3
Imposter syndrome has become a common topic among some of the people I follow on Twitter or talk to in person. There have been books and blog posts written about it. This weekend, at the DevUp conference, I saw a great talk on it by Heather Downing. If this is the first time you’ve heard ...

What’s Your Specification?

19. October 2016 TDD 0
I’m a big proponent of Test Driven Development (TDD.) If you’ve read a few of my blogs or seen a couple of my conference talks, that’s likely not news to you. The benefits I get from TDD are more than just accurate code. In fact, when I talk to people about TDD, I’ve shifted the ...

Impressions From My First ElixirConf

02. September 2016 Conference, Elixir 1
I spent the past 3 days in Orlando at Elixir & Phoenix Conference 2016.  I first learned of Elixir a little bit more than a year ago. I read some docs but not much more than that.  I remember telling people at Dev Workshop Indy that they should keep their ears out for it, because it’s ...

Getting Semantic UI to Work with BrunchJS

14. August 2016 Elixir, Howto 2
This weekend I’ve been playing around with a Phoenix application. By default, it appears as if Phoenix uses Bootstrap, but I’m not a fan of Bootstrap, so I wanted to bring in Semantic UI. I ran into a problem, however, trying to configure my brunch-config.js file.  (Phoenix uses brunch by default. You can turn it off, ...

Benchee on the web — BencheeWeb

08. July 2016 Elixir, Howto 0
About a month ago, I saw this Tweet sent out on the #MyElixirStatus hashtag. I clicked through to read Tobias’ blog. I pulled the code from hex (https://hex.pm/packages/benchee) and played around with it a bit. I saved the tweet because I immediately thought of sites I’ve used in the past like jsperf, that let people ...

I Wrote an Elixir Thing Today

20. June 2016 Elixir, Howto 0
I’ve been playing with Elixir for a few weeks now. I’ve really enjoyed it. But most of what I’ve been doing has just been programming exercises. Specifically over at exercism. That’s been great, it’s made me think in Elixir for a while. But at the end of the day, it reminded me of my Intro ...

We Have a Speed Problem

11. June 2016 Uncategorized 3
“How much longer do you have on your feature?” the tech lead asked. After pausing for a minute to think, Steve answered, “probably about another day or so.” “Hmmm.  I thought you were going to be done today. Did something unexpected come up, or did we just misestimate it?” “I think we were close on ...

Fatigue & Identity

05. April 2016 Uncategorized 1
One of the trends in development recently has been to talk about fatigue. As far as I know, it started with JavaScript fatigue. The idea being that JS is changing so much and so often that people can become exhausted trying to keep up.  A mere 2.5 years ago, when I started at my current ...