In early November, I helped run the Weekend For Good event as part of the Code For Good West Michigan admin team. The event brought together 120+ volunteers and 14 local nonprofits to help build, rebrand, or update websites. It was scheduled for three straight days, and I was there for all of it. It’s […]
Recently, my schedule has become quite busy, with various responsibilities competing for my time and focus. I find myself trying to hold onto as much context about these responsibilities as I can, but I can’t seem to remember all of the necessary information. After some careful reflection, I’ve found that I need to take more […]
I recently started using Exercism to enhance my proficiency with Ruby. It’s an excellent tool for learning a new language or refining your knowledge in a language you already know. The best part about it is that you can submit your solutions for a mentor to review and provide feedback.
My current Android project needs to be backwards-compatible with every Android version back to Android 4.4 (KitKat). Meeting this requirement can be difficult and frustrating for a number of reasons, but with KitKat installed on ~10% of all Android phones worldwide (at the time of this writing), it’s still worth supporting. One of the issues […]
While working in an agile environment, you may be assigned a user story that requires a very large amount of time and effort to implement. Typically, any user story estimated above a certain number of points should be broken down into multiple smaller, actionable user stories. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
When I started on my current project, I noticed a few failing iOS builds on TeamCity that needed to be fixed. Since I was still on-boarding to the project and wanted to get my feet wet, I took it upon myself to resolve these issues as soon as possible.
Onboarding to a new project is difficult, whether you’re transitioning from an existing project or this is your first. Every project contains an intricate set of variables, processes, and tools to make it successful, and it’s your job to learn all of them by yesterday.
Recently, I’ve been working on taking better notes during team meetings. Notes help the team remember who’s supposed to handle getting which step done by what time. They’re also a great way to reflect on the discussions that were had during a meeting.
For a little more than a year now, I have spent a significant amount of time learning new programming languages and frameworks. With each new language/framework, there’s a chance that the value I receive will be greater than any of the languages/frameworks I have learned thus far. However, the opposite is also true.
While refactoring my current project, I needed to edit some fixture files that were used to populate data in a couple of UI components. Before diving straight in, I looked at these files and wondered how many ways there were to edit them.