The Sweet Spot
On software development, engineering leadership, machine learning and all things shiny.
2014
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.

2013
December
Ember Data, Rails, CORS, and you!

I’m starting up a new personal project involving Ember-Data and Rails (more to come). The gist of it is that it’s a pure frontend app engine built in Yeoman and Grunt, and designed to talk to a remote API service built on Rails.

2012
Decomposing Fat Models

Heard an awesome Ruby Rogues podcast recently: “Decomposing Fat Models”.

October
Deploying Janky on Ubuntu

Janky is a Github-developed Hubot + Jenkins control interface. It’s developed to be deployed on Heroku. However, what if you need it to live on an internal VM? Here’s how I got it running on a Ubuntu (12.04 Precise) VM.

June
Updating max file limit on OSX Lion

I’ve been hitting a lot of “Maximum file limit exceeded” dialogs after a long day at work – at any point in time I’ve got a kajillion Chrome tabs open, five or six Rails envs running (for dev and test) + Guard/Spork actively watching tests, and Sublime with another kajillion tabs open.

April
Speeding up Rspec/Cucumber feedback times without sacrificing coverage

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Backup, backup, backup

Well, the inevitable happened: I finally experienced a hard drive failure. It’s pretty incredible that in the twenty-odd years I’ve been around computers I’ve never had the horror of losing a drive.

HAML object references

Did you guys know that you can use the ‘[ ]’ brackets in HAML to automatically set the id and class on a tag, kind of like Rails’ tag helper?

March
RSpec order-agnostic array matching

What’s that? You want to write an expectation for an array but your method returns the Array in a nondeterministic ordering?

January
Ohm gotchas

Here’s a list of things that have been annoying, or at least a bit frustrating using Ohm, the Redis ORM, in a Rails app. Beware to those who assume Ohm is ActiveRecord in new clothes. It is, but it’s not:

2011
November
Now at Blurb

I should have mentioned this long ago, but I started work at Blurb in early August. It’s been a quick ramp-up and I’m loving it there, surrounded by smart engineers and great designers. I do Rails/JS work there, and I’m building a lot of chops around Agile/TDD methodologies.

October
mmtss, a collaborative loop station

mmtss is a loop station built for live performances.

August
Introducing Boink, a photobooth for the rest of us.

My friends were complaining that wedding photobooths were too expensive to rent. Could we make one for them?

July
Chat App - Frontend Prototype

June
BRUTE LABS UX project: StudentsConnect

I’m on a team with BRUTE LABS, a volunteer-led design agency working on StudentsConnect, a prototype project making chatroulette-style interactions connecting students from the global North and South. Here’s a UX flow we worked on:

Code For Oakland Barcamp

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March
UN Declaration of Human Rights (Visualization)

Slavery Today (Infographic)