Irrational Exuberance!

Kill Your Heroes, Stop Doing it Harder

November 25, 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.

Configuration Driven Behavior

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.

Extraction: Get Metadata from HTML Documents

November 23, 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.

Social Hierarchies in Engineering Organizations

November 4, 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.

Creating Multi-Worksheet Excel Docs with xlwt

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.