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 ...

Pluralsight Followup

22. June 2014 One-Time 0
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

23. May 2014 One-Time 1
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 ...

My First Weekend With a Mac

14. October 2012 One-Time 1
This past week, everyone at my office got new Mac Book Pros. We are a software company that currently writes in .NET.  I think I abstained from the computer selection (or said whatever everyone else agreed on was fine.) The reason for this was that I consider computers to be commodities.   Background I’ve been ...

I need you to stop acting like as passive-aggressive adolescent

17. July 2012 One-Time, Rant 0
Yahoo Passwords Hacked Over the past few months there have been several breaches of security on major websites, for example LinkedIn and Match.com.  However within the past week a bigger name was hit: Yahoo! Now it wasn’t Yahoo! mail or anything like that. Apparently it was their Contributor Network which they bought in 2010. What ...

How Sinatra, Backbone and Mongo Sucked Up Two Weeks of My Life

07. June 2012 One-Time 2
A couple weeks ago ArsTechnia ran a story stating that the Express versions of Visual Studio were going to be super stripped down. As a friend and I discussed on Twitter, I made the comment that the story made me want to learn Ruby. Not long after that, Scott Hanselman (best employee at Microsoft?) corrected ...

How I handled a new code base

19. April 2012 One-Time 1
A month or two back I was checking out various validators for .NET.  I wasn’t doing MVC and didn’t want to try the workarounds to use Dat Model Validations, but at the same time, I didn’t really want to write a lot of validation code. As I looked through NuGet to see what was out ...

Hello there Posterous

17. December 2011 One-Time 0
In my last post, I had tried to post some code but could not get it to work.  I thought I would use Gist to show it.  Even though I’m more of a Bitbucket type of guy than a Git guy, all the cool kids are using Gist.  The problem was, Tumblr didn’t like me trying ...

A New PetaPoco Glimpse Approach

15. December 2011 One-Time 0
I recently started working on a new DAL during my day job.  We’re using PetaPoco for the most part, and we have it separated out into it’s own assembly.  One reason we did this was because we foresee needing this in multiple projects, possibly even creating a service.  After I got a test case working ...

Sad Day – Chromebook is no more

30. November 2011 One-Time 0
A little under a year ago I got a Google Chromebook.  I had signed up for the pilot and somehow was able to get a pilot one.  I played with it for a few days and then handed it over as a general family laptop. My son really took a liking to it.  He used ...