I Wrote an Elixir Thing Today

20. June 2016 Uncategorized 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 ...

Air Filters & Clean Code

29. February 2016 Uncategorized 0
This weekend I took my wife’s truck in to get some new tires. While at the store, they did a multi-point inspection. They called me to tell me I needed a new air filter. I turned down their offer to replace it (they wanted $50.)  Today, we were driving and her “Check Engine” light came ...

Why I Don’t Like Code Schools

28. September 2015 Uncategorized 1
Now that I’ve gotten you to click the link, let me be a bit more explicit: Why I don’t think code schools in the midwest are helping their students in their current iteration.  But see, that’s not as exciting and nobody is going to think “I have to read that.” Language Let me set the ...

My Weekend in Indy

26. September 2015 Uncategorized 0
This weekend I had the opportunity to speak at Dev Workshop in Indy. It was only the second time I spent any time in Indy. The first was when I came to the Chiefs playoff game in 2006. Since it was the Chiefs and the Colts, it didn’t go in my favor (but at least ...

Optimism and Pessimism

26. June 2015 Uncategorized 0
My dad is an engineer. Looking back, there was a dominant engineering atmosphere and attitude in our house. Of course, I didn’t know that, to me it was just normal. But my wife, who does not come from an engineering family, noticed it right away. It’s not all bad, nor is it all good, it’s ...

The Importance of Culture

09. May 2015 Uncategorized 0
This past week I had two separate incidents while out shopping. The first was at Menards, a home improvement store. I was buying several different items including 4 concrete pavers. They were plain, 12″x12″ blocks.  They didn’t have a UPC on them anywhere so when I went through the checkout the cashier had to look ...

Why TypeScript?

21. March 2015 Uncategorized 0
This weekend I watched a talk about TypeScript at Nebraska.Code().  The presenter seemed to have a good grasp of TypeScript and was a good presenter.  Sadly, that combination doesn’t always happen. One thing I was glad about, was that he put up a picture like this: I immediately thought, “This is going to be good!” ...