Jack M

May 21, 2021

Stop being a fuckwad!

Look, we've all heard of the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory, right? If not, go read. It's important. It makes sense, right? I'm sure you can think of a few interactions where someone has exhibited this behavior. It happens all the time. Random snarky comments, random memes, potentially racist twitch emotes. But, hey, it's the internet...
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April 29, 2021

A Return to .NET

My first professional development job was writing Visual Basic applications on the brand new (at the time) Windows CE devices around 1999/2000. Visual Basic was a slick language, but at the time Visual Studio (or equivalent) was a bit too pricy for my personal stuff. Since then I've bounced off of the Microsoft development stack a few ...
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March 23, 2021

Personal Tracking

Time tracking is something I’ve struggled with for years. It takes time to track time, so why would I track time when my time is already at a premium? “Because it’s good for you!!!” — Weird Al - Albuquerque. As a developer in a small business, the day-to-day question (e.g. not outage related) question I dreaded was always, “why didn’t ...
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March 17, 2021

Lessons Learned

We often find blog posts about the hot new thing, or how adopting an old paradigm changed everything. What we seldom hear is stories about lessons learned from bad decisions. I’m often encouraged by developers sharing hardships I can relate to, so I’m not going to shy away from this subject. Testing Testing, or lack there of, is someth...
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March 7, 2021

Imposter Syndrome

Every heavily technical person I know has mentioned imposter syndrome at one point or another. Juniors see senior developers and feel inadequate. Designers look at websites with teams of fifty designers, and then look more critically on their own work. My personal struggles stem from simply not having feedback from a peer. My day-to-da...
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