Category Archives: General Software

SaaH (Software as a Hobby)

There’s a possibility I might be given a permanent position at the food pantry where I volunteer. This is no ordinary small-town food pantry.  We feed thousands of families in this area, many of them working poor.  One week last … Continue reading

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Ridin’ the Bike Again

This morning I had a technical phone interview.  It was my second with this particular company, and was a follow-up to a project the company assigned me as a sort of test. The project was a blast.  At almost every … Continue reading

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The Real Programmer

  There are two ways to become a programmer, through formal education or through self training. I once worked at a company that considered itself “top-heavy”, meaning a large percentage of the company held masters or PhD’s.  This isn’t a … Continue reading

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Crashing by the Seat of Your Pants

In several situations in my development career, I’ve been faced with creating something huge from nothing with only a basic understanding of the given programming language. When I look back now, half the problem was my agreeing I could do … Continue reading

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Need Ruby Egotist to Demoralize Small Team of Developers

Who gets to decide whether or not I’m a “rockstar” developer? Well, who decides whether a musician is a rockstar? Being a rock star implies massive public recognition and record sales. So a rockstar developer writes code that downloads in … Continue reading

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Required: 5+ Years Experience ColdFusion 10

(The title of this post is not a joke, it’s something I read in a real job posting.  ColdFusion 10 has been out less than two years.) Looking for a job is only exciting for about 10 minutes on the … Continue reading

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A Whole New Ball Game

Last Thursday, I parted ways with my employer. All the emotional stuff aside, I’m pretty excited to go into re-tooling mode again while I look for employment. When I was looking for this last job, the best title I could … Continue reading

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