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Blame the Intern

27 Feb 2021

An article just surfaced on CNN where the top executives of SolarWinds essentially shifted the responsibility of a password leak to an intern. This infuriates me, but I think it serves as an excellent reminder of some hard truths about working for a company.

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Time To Go

23 Feb 2021

It winds up for almost everyone that you’ll have more than one job in your career. This is especially true in software development. For myself, I changed jobs nearly every single year! The shortest time I was at a company was five months, and the longest was two years. When you realize it’s time for you to go, what should you do?

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Taking Two Bites Of an Ice Cream Cone

15 Feb 2021

Often I wind up working with teams and managers who want to know more about how to get started with automated testing or realize their efforts are backfiring. For the last of those cases, it is almost always because they adopted the ice-cream anti-pattern of testing, but I teach two techniques that help them get back on track.

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Who Dropped the Ball?

02 Feb 2021

There are times throughout my career where I’ve taken an extreme stance on my responsibility as a developer. Ironically this approach was rarely met with accolades until well after the moments passed. So here are some of those stories. As you read them, I invite you to ask yourself what your responsibility is as a professional?

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My Path to Learn Clojure

29 Jan 2021

I’ve been in this software game for over a decade now, and yep, still learning. Admittedly I haven’t had to put too much effort into learning new things as the years go on, but I decided to challenge myself by learning something where I have few previous patterns to leverage. I’m going to try and learn Clojure, which is a LISP, and breaks from most things I’m comfortable with.

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A Brief Summary of Two Investing Books

22 Jan 2021

I’ll be honest and say that investing in the stock market has always been intimidating and mystifying. Yet, when companies offer 401ks those are investment accounts! I’ve felt held back by my ignorance and that I’ve been leaving money on the table for too long. So I started reading some books on the subject and this is what they both had to say.

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