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 ...

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 ...

How Do You Use Pull-Requests?

11. March 2015 Uncategorized 0
The process on our team is to create a feature branch off of develop, do your work and then push it up to the repo. Then when it’s all done, you create a PR and have someone from the team be the “primary reviewer.”  This person’s job is to review the PR, make sure that ...

We Are Learners

20. December 2014 Uncategorized 0
I try to not mix my 2 blogs. I have this one, that focuses on the professional side of software development, and I have another blog which follows my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu addiction. The reason is, most of the people interested in software don’t practice BJJ, and most people that practice BJJ don’t care about software. ...

What’s the Point?

06. December 2014 Uncategorized 0
For me, this past week was filled with meetings. I had meetings with the client, I had a demo, I had sprint planning, I had a meeting or two on our project plan. I even had a couple meetings with the purpose of helping the people who will be meeting with the client be prepared. ...

Code Optimization

29. November 2014 Uncategorized 0
For starters, a friend reached out to me on Facebook and asked for my thoughts on optimizing code, especially with the cost of hardware being so cheap. I don’t know that this will answer his question, but it’s my thoughts on the subject. Early Optimization Premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at ...