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 ...

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

18. July 2014 Uncategorized 0
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

16. July 2014 Uncategorized 0
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?

09. July 2014 Uncategorized 2
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

30. June 2014 Uncategorized 0
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

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 ...