The Growth of a Programmer

Writing software is hard. I’m reminded of that every time someone asks me to teach them. The basics are convoluted, the syntax weird. It’s 100% logic that you have to hold in your head while you craft words that semantically make little sense, unless you’re a compiler or interpreter. Eventually, the programmer gets the basics […]

Scala and Friends

Scala is an interesting language. I needed to pick it up for a project at work and was enthralled. I love some of the elegance of it, while some of the challenges are downright insane. One point of view that I’ve come to embrace from working with PHP, is that types are fungible. In Web […]

Thoughts on Being Weird

I have been called weird nearly my entire life. It’s never really bothered me, and perhaps that also contributes to my “weirdness.” I suffer from a startingly rare disease, called a photographic memory. It doesn’t work like the movies. I can’t flip pages in a book and read them later. Simply because the part of […]

Getting Ready To Move

The last week has been a whirlwind of activity. We’ve been putting things into storage, deciding on a place to live, and getting ready for the big move. To say that it’s been stressful is an understatement. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it and then I remember that it is, of course. Moving is […]

#!$% Features

Some would say features are the life blood of an application. They’re not. Features are bloat. Features cause bugs and require maintenance. Features get in the way of value. Delete features, build something that matters. Way back in the day, I had a product. It allowed tagging inventory with a location in the warehouse and […]

Outside the Cyrstal [ Chapter 2 ]

I felt sick. I hated going outside the Cyrstal. Outside the Cyrstal, in the sun, electronics didn’t work right unless they were heavily shielded. Communications were near impossible. It was nothing but sand. There’s nothing left alive on earth except what can be protected by a Cyrstal, and since the sun started dying, there’s probably […]

Bye Bye USA — Netherlands, here we come

Today, I’d like to announce we’re leaving the USA, for at least a year. After much research and soul searching, we’ve settled on the Netherlands. The Netherlands and the USA have a treaty, called the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty (DAFT). It allows an American to open a business in the Netherlands, provided they have sufficient capital/income […]