Learn Python

Reading Time: 5 minutes Learning Python has been something I’ve postponed over the years. I’ve run scripts here and there and created small scripts but nothing serious. I’m dealing with a scenario where I need to expand my knowledge of it. I’m excited about the opportunity, so here we go! The Basics Python is an object-oriented, interpreted, and easy…

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Deliver macOS system mail

Reading Time: < 1 minute Deliver macOS system mail with the following instructions. These instructions apply to macOS Catalina. Why would you want to do this? You have cron jobs running on your system, and you want to receive emails when they fail You want to send an email when certain things happen on your system through Automator or other…

Full Stack Developer vs Software Developer

Reading Time: 4 minutes Full Stack Developer vs. Software Developer, which is right for you? Let’s reframe the question. To specialize or not to specialize, that is the question. The software industry is not the only industry that faces this question. No matter what industry you’re in, it’s a loaded question. Like the answer to most queries, it depends.…

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Learn Terraform

Reading Time: 6 minutes In my last post, Learning Terraform, I committed to learning Terraform. I’ve started reading Terraform: Up and Running: Writing Infrastructure as Code. It has given me a great primer thus far. I’m converting my Cloudformation templates to Terraform. I’m all in at this point and am convinced that this is my preferred tool for building…

Install bash on Windows

Reading Time: < 1 minute Install bash on windows with a few effortless steps. First, why would you want to do this? You’re moving to windows from macOS or a Linux distribution and used the command line there. You simply like the bash shell for things like alias, functions, etc. Click the Start button Search for PowerShell Right-click the Windows…

Death by 1000 Cuts

Date Driven Development – Deadly Cut 4

Reading Time: 2 minutes Date Driven Development is the primary reason software has so many glaring issues. In the consumer software world, this is especially true. Software is shipping based continuously on meeting deadlines. In most scenarios, the software is not shipped with intention but instead at the mercy of a deadline. This scenario is soul-crushing; some hapless soul…

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Learning Elixir

Reading Time: 2 minutes Learning Elixir for fun and profit? It’s not a secret that Programmers like a great holy war. The echos of passionate programmers shouting with their banners high live on Stack Overflow for eternity. The editor wars rage on. Like many other holy wars, object-oriented vs. functional programming is an ongoing saga. Most programmers use functional…

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The Blame Game – Deadly Cut 3

Reading Time: 2 minutes Have you ever been stuck in whodunit limbo, wedged in between two companies with no way out? One company says their product no longer works because another company broke theirs. These days it’s usually a large company that breaks the product you’re using due to an API policy change. In the old days, it was…

Whiteboarding

Reading Time: 3 minutes Whiteboarding is a skill that I’ve neglected over the years. I’ve always preferred to articulate complex problems verbally, with digital documentation, and understandable code. While I’ve neglected it, I’ve been able to get through interviews and use a whiteboard to present my ideas and lines of code but not confidently. I need an update. I’ve…