June 2, 2014 Having spent the last four years rolling out a handful of service oriented architectures, some lessons are finally coming together, and this is an attempt at documenting them.
March 31, 2014 One of the fundamental pieces of infrastructure for an effective software engineering team is their deployment pipeline. Here we cover a fairly basic but effective pipeline for deploying code.
March 24, 2014 After a couple years with the old look, I took some time over the weekend and moved the blog over to Bootstrap.
February 9, 2014 In management we often find ourselves balancing the freedoms of the few against the freedoms of the many. This is, as you might imagine, a tricky business.
December 3, 2012 A simple implementation of the war card game in Python, made for an interview some time back.
December 2, 2012 I spent a couple of hours reading up on and working through an example project using RethinkDB, and it seems like a great tool, as long as its performance and scalability stories prove themselves out with large scale usage.
November 26, 2012 One of the most destructive ideas is that you can dig out of a hole by doing what you're already doing, but doing it harder. This doesn't work, but it does breed and kill your heroes, and alienate everyone else.
November 25, 2012 As the SocialCode engineering team pursues building technical leverage, one of the ideas we've been exercising is configuration driven behavior. This post discusses what configuration driven behavior entails, and why we think it's a useful idea.
November 24, 2012 As part of a toy project I'm playing with I needed to extract titles, summaries and images, so I threw that together as the extraction library.
November 5, 2012 When things get bad, people start complaining about percieved social hierarchies. Few things piss off the already angry engineer like knowing they're less important than an architect.
November 4, 2012 xlwt is a great little Python module, this tutorial walks through the steps of using it to create a multi-worksheet Excel with cross-referencing formulas.