Irrational Exuberance!

Paper Review of "A Transaction Model"

August 18, 2009 Here is my first attempt at putting together some thoughts on a computer science paper, in this case Jim Gray's A Transaction Model from 1980. It is an excellent paper which pushed me to think about my current work project in a broader light, and also inspired some ideas about potential future side-projects to experiment with.

Feedback Loops in Software Development

June 1, 2009 As become further and further embroiled in my current project cycle, I am starting to view everything in terms of feedback loops. Is the project working well? Feedback loops. The guy who is having trouble with implementing part of the system? Feedback loops. Effective communication between product manager and engineers? Feedback loops. Beyond merely being possible to view the world in terms of feedback loops, I've found it rather useful as well.

Skew, The Frontend Engineer's Misery

April 28, 2009 A look at the frontend engineer's primary pain point: product skew. While skew impacts everyone, it beats on the frontend engineer early and frequently. Think frontend engineer's have the easy half of engineering? Well, let's talk about that.

Technical Debt and Peanut Butter Jars

March 10, 2009 Let me regale you with the story of technical debt and peanut butter jars. A harrowing tale from my past.