A Month of Learning

My month(ish) of learning So one of my goals has to been to dive deeper into Ruby and Rails, but as well as to try to learn a new thing, maybe technical, maybe not, every work day. And then to write that thing down. This was to help with accountability, you know actually doing it, as well as to help…

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The Pragmatic Programmer – Chapter 7 Notes and Questions

Notes on Chapter 7, Before the Project All about what to do before starting a project. Seems like it is pre-agile methodologies. Since the agile manifesto came out 2001 seems to fit that timeline.Dig for requirements, don't gather. They are on not the surface but deep under assumptions. A requirement is a statement of something that needs to be accomplishedUse…

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I gave my first conference talk

And I survived! Right after Automating and before lunch I presented a talk on 2FA to Kernelcon in Omaha, NE. Kernelcon was a first ever information security conference in Omaha, and was also my first CFP I every submitted. The two days were a blur but let me breakdown 5 things I learned. Thanks to my awesome co-worker Jen for…

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The Pragmatic Programmer – Chapter 6 Notes and Questions

So my engineering bookclub is continuing on with Chapter 6 in The Pragmatic Programmer. We have had some stops and starts along the way. For chapters 4 and 5 we ended up combing the weeks because none of us were really feeling discussing chapter 4 (Pragmatic Paranoia). We did have to move Chapter 6 from last week, because it was…

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The Pragmatic Programmer – Chapter 5 Notes

For our beginning notes to review and discuss for our book club choice, The Pragmatic Programmer, I used notes from Joe Hallenbeck. This was great for the first 4 chapters, but then I had to put in some work and start taking my own notes. These were just to help jog the memory for discussion points, and in case someone…

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Engineering Bookclub – The Pragmatic Programmer

I'm leading a book club at my workplace, Flywheel . We are working through "The Pragmatic Programmer From Journeyman to Master" by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas. Published in 1999 this books walks through techniques and tips to level up your development. Even being published more than 20 years ago (😱) there are plenty of parts that are relevant and…

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RubyConf Retrospective

Now just picture this hall littered with vendor's, con goers and lots of signs, and that was the RubyConf hallway track. I made it through my first technical conference. There was a lot more socializing, networking, and partying then I every thought there would be. These were 3 loooonnng days of non-stop learning, meeting incredible people and being a part…

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The Calm Before the Conf

I'm attending my first RubyConf tomorrow in L.A. This really is my first technical conference that I have ever attended. It is awesome that my employee is putting the time and money into growing me, and I really hope that I can use this as a learning experience, as well as growing my knowledge about the Ruby community. I was…

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Code Documentation – before, after, and during coding

Sometimes you just need to started on some design for work on a larger ticket or new feature, you want to get your thoughts down and maybe start plotting out a code flow or some potential classes but what app do you reach for? So much of the time I reach for Google Docs, for my personal or professional work.…

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