Your App Might be Making Your Users Fat

24. November 2014 Uncategorized 0
In his book The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhig recounts a series of studies that were done around people’s willpower. Researchers were trying to find out if willpower is like a muscle, something that can be trained. In one experiment, participants were told they were doing research on taste profiles. They were brought into a ...

“What did you learn at the conference?”

17. November 2014 Conference 0
This past weekend, I spoke at St. Louis Days of .NET. It was my second time attending and also my second time speaking there. It’s a great conference. I enjoy the location and the people.  The drive isn’t always fun, but this year my wife & kids came along, so that was nice. As we ...

Why am I not using Yeoman or another generator?

20. July 2014 Rant 0
I’ve got a little side project that I’m working on. I have an app at track.couchjitsu.com. It tracks how much time I spend training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It tracks when I go to conditioning, technique, sparring or judo. It actually will track anything. I wrote it about a year ago. It’s fairly simple in its ...

Let’s Iterate Fast

We’re 3 weeks in to a new project at work, or in sprint time, we’re half-way through our second sprint. We’ve had a rough go, to get started. Probably not anything worse than most projects. But since this is the first time on a project in this role, I really wanted to get out of ...

Pluralsight Results

Yesterday I was sitting in a meeting. I pulled my phone out to see what time it was, and I saw I had an email. As I pulled down the notification drawer, I noticed it was from Spencer, my contact at Pluralsight. As I opened the email, I wasn’t nervous. I knew I had done ...

Is the software industry a shaky building?

I was reading a biography written by a former professor about one of my favorite Baptist preachers, Charles Spurgeon.  In this biography is a quote from Spurgeon talking about preaching and a conversation he had with a fellow preacher. In this conversation, the other preacher said That is not my case, I revise my creed ...

Weighty Responsibility

Tomorrow morning we’re kicking off the first real sprint on a new project. I’ve been working on this project full time for about 3 weeks now. It’s a project that, for me, started back in January with an RFP. Another coworker and I spent 2 weeks combing through the RFP and coming up with an ...

Pluralsight Followup

I heard back from Pluralsight this week. I wasn’t immediately accepted, they want to see a second video from me. I was told there were 3 possible outcomes when auditioning: Immediate acceptance Second video Immediate rejection Obviously,  I was hoping for the first one. Who doesn’t want immediate acceptance?  But I am glad that it wasn’t ...

Applying to Pluralsight

May 22, 2014 Last week I spoke at KCDC and had a pretty good time. I really enjoy speaking at conferences. It’s weird for developers and technical people to enjoy it, but it has been something I’ve enjoyed doing ever since I found out that conference speakers are just “regular folks.” For a long time ...