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 ...

When all you know are objects…

19. May 2014 Uncategorized 0
A few years ago, I read a blog from Uncle Bob that advocated delaying the decision of your database as long as possible. The main motivation is that the database should not be the central hub of your application. Instead, your application should do things. That logic should be the focus of your application and the ...

TDD with a fake for Mongoose

12. May 2014 Uncategorized 0
I’m working on a little personal side project using nodejs, backbone and mongo.  It’s actually a rewrite of something I wrote in .Net about a year ago. But I’m trying to expand it and also trying to practice TDD more.  About a year ago I made up my mind that I was done saying I was ...

TDD & Scientific Journals

27. April 2014 Uncategorized 0
I’m in the midst of writing one of my presentations for KCDC and I was thinking about TDD. I was also doing some reading about a case of a scientist falsifying data.  The falsified data was published in a journal and was heralded as one of the “top 3 discoveries in stem cell research.”  The ...