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. ...

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 ...

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 ...