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 Conference 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 Conference 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!” ...

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. ...