The Sweet Spot
On software development, engineering leadership, machine learning and all things shiny.
2016
March
Lossless rate limiting with RxJS

Much of RxJS involves working with backpressure - how to reconcile streams that emit/process data at different rates, without overloading the system. Much of that model is built with lossy handling in mind - it makes sense that when your system is under duress, that you design your streams to degrade gracefully (e.g. drop certain events, or rate limit them by chunking into windows, etc).

February
Partitioning RxJS streams: adventures in nested Observables with groupBy() and flatMap()

One of the confusing aspects about working with streams is diving into Rx operators that take a stream and fan out into multiple streams.

2015
September
Strange Loop 2015: Notes & Reflections

Going to Strange Loop was a huge check off my conference bucket list (lanyard?). I’d always heard about this slightly-weird, highly academic collision between academia and industry, skewing toward programming languages you haven’t heard of (or, at the very least, you’ve never used in production). I anticipated sitting at the feet of gray-haired wizards and bright-eyed hipsters with Ph.Ds.

June
Notes on performance tuning a Puma server

A couple of months ago, I was tuning a Rails app for one of our clients. This client wanted to know how performant their app would be under load.

Toolbox: learning Swift and VIPER

The following are some notes I’m compiling as I’m beginning a journey down the rabbit hole, writing an app in Swift utilizing the VIPER app development methodology

April
Building GPX stats through FRP principles with Bacon.js

With my current fascination with tracking workouts and location-based-activities, I have been interested in how I might be able to rewrite some of my stats logic with FRP principles.

March
Docker, Rails, and Docker Compose in your development workflow

(This post originally appeared on the Carbon Five blog.)

2014
November
Explorations in logic programming

Out of Storybook, a side project I’ve been doing for a friend, I had the opportunity to model the problem domain as a constraint satisfaction problem (CSP). It goes:

My own robot training buddy.

As an ultra runner, I am really into the mountains. As a software engineer, I’m really into data. So naturally, I’m interested in the intersection of both.

Recap: QCon SF 2014

Blurb sent me off to QCon SF 2014 for three days.

QConSF: Day Three

Melody Meckfessel: Google/Cloud Engineering

QConSF: Day Two

Leslie Lamport: Programming is more than coding

QConSF: Day One

Bruce Schneier: Security

Conway's Law for humans

If you’re familiar with Conway’s Law, it states:

June
Mocks aren't stubs: mockist & classic testing

With the famed “TDD is dead” debate around the Rails community largely coming to an end, I found myself referencing Martin Fowler’s article, Mocks Aren’t Stubs a good deal, trying to make sense of it in terms of how I write tests and code.

Running Mocha tests with ES6/AMD modules

In one of my personal projects (Chordmeister), I’ve been trying to upgrade the code to be written in ES6 modules and transpile down to AMD modules with Square’s very excellent es6-module-transpiler project.

April
Implementing DDD: Domains, Subdomains and Bounded Contexts

Chapter 2: Domains, Subdomains, and Bounded Contexts

March
Six months as a manager

It’s been approximately six months since I’ve entered engineering management. Here are some thoughts reflecting back on that season now.

February
Blogging through: Implementing Domain-Driven Design

In recent conversations with coworkers, the topic of Domain-Driven Design has arisen on more than a few occasions in design and architecture meetings. “Have you read it?” a coworker asked, “I think it’d help us a lot.”

January
Moving to Ember App Kit

I’ve noticed a bit of the buzz around Ember App Kit recently and decided to move Hendrix, my music management app, over from a Yeoman-generated Ember app to EAK with all its bells and whistles.