The Power of Networking

27. July 2017 Uncategorized 1
I accomplished something today that I will likely never accomplish again. I created a hashtag that was trending in the United States.   Last night a friend and fellow conference speaker Sarah Withee tweeted out that people assumed she was speaking at KCDC but she wasn’t. I was surprised, because she’s had some great talks. ...

Conference Speaking as an Act of Worship

05. May 2017 Uncategorized 0
For as long as I can remember, I’m not a huge fan of being away from home. I was the kid that would come over to your house for a sleepover and then get homesick. That is, if I actually made it to your house, too often I would cancel or turn down invites. One ...

Tools vs Experience

11. February 2017 Uncategorized 0
One of the first major mistakes I made as a software engineer involved strings.  It happened about 15 years ago. I had written a tool to log out data link traffic to an encrypted file. That part was done, I could open up the file and see a bunch of gibberish. It was now time ...

The Meaning of Unit Test Data

07. February 2017 Uncategorized 0
The data you use in your unit test communicates messages you might not be meaning to communicate.  For the sake of this post, unit testing means any tests written to test a specific portion, or unit, of code. It does not mean Test Driven Development, whether you’re writing tests first or tests after, the data you ...

The Need for Wisdom

29. January 2017 Uncategorized 0
Myopic Software Development I know nothing about software development! I have developed software professionally for 17 years. And yet, I know nothing about software development. I have contributed to an application that was used literally across the world (and quite possibly on all 7 contents). And yet, I know nothing about software development. I have ...

Why Do I Speak?

13. January 2017 Conference 2
This week I’ve been at Codemash in Sandusky, OH. It’s a conference I had heard of but never attended. In 2016, I decided I was going to start submitting to different conferences, ones slightly outside of my region, and Codemash fit that bill.  It has been a great experience. Last night, I talked to a ...

Customizing Semantic UI

11. January 2017 Howto 5
If you’ve checked out my Pluralsight Course on Semantic UI you’ll know that it goes through the basics of Semantic, but doesn’t look at customizations. Being able to customize Semantic is one of its strong suits, but time kept me from going into any details. This week someone that had watched my course reached out to ...

Thank You

03. December 2016 Uncategorized 1
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 ...