Avoid Careless Production Mistakes with Custom Scripts

In the wise words of @stahnma,

“Everybody has a testing environment. Some people are lucky enough to have a totally separate environment to run production in.”

Thankfully, the project I’m working on has multiple environments: production (the most recently-released version), staging (for pre-release testing), dev (for dev team use and testing), and multiple review apps (for feature validation). Read more on Avoid Careless Production Mistakes with Custom Scripts…

Building Your Own VS Code Extension for a Mac Touch Bar

Visual Studio Code is an excellent editor, with a ton of room for customization. As a recent convert from Emacs, I appreciate the ability to customize my editor through the form of extensions. Creating an extension is quite simple, if none that fit your needs are available in the marketplace. Read more on Building Your Own VS Code Extension for a Mac Touch Bar…

Improving Command Line Productivity with GNU Readline

I spend a lot of my day working on the command line, from file navigation to version control to remote work on servers over SSH, and anywhere in between. I’ve found that even small improvements to my workflow significantly add up over time to provide big productivity boosts.
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My 5 Steps for Tackling Stress

Deadlines, miscommunication, conflict. Regardless of what our jobs, projects, or responsibilities may be, we all face these things during our careers. If not handled properly, the stress from these issues can expand to other areas of life, quickly becoming unmanageable.

That’s why it’s critical to learn how to manage stress. While I’m not an expert in the field, I have had some experience dealing with stress and have learned a few things along the way. I’d like to share some tips that I have found useful when dealing with stress in my life.
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A Brief Introduction to Audio and Video Encoding

Every day, I listen to music or watch videos on different platforms–the radio, phone, computer, and television. Until recently, I had never considered exactly how that media was delivered to me. I would venture to guess that many people have been, or are in, that situation themselves.

I’ve spent some time looking into exactly how these forms of media are created and distributed, and I wanted to share some of the things that I’ve learned. While the concepts themselves aren’t overly challenging, the terminology can be confusing and misused, so I’m going to review some of the common terms and expressions.
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How We Used a Week of Spikes to Map Out a Feature

For those uninitiated to agile software development, “a spike solution is a very simple program to explore potential solutions” to a particularly challenging problem. This term and definition comes from XP Explained by Kent Beck, and it is still as relevant today as it ever was.
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How I Learned to Love (or at Least Like) Pair Programming

Some people are naturally inclined to pair. Not me. My brain is all over the place when I code, so it’s difficult to focus energy on solving the problem at hand while explaining my reasoning and approaches to my pair.

This thing is, pair programming is a highly-regarded and widely-practiced convention here at Atomic. When I started here, I had never paired before. And I was quite surprised to see both how effective it was for others, and how difficult it was for me.
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Clojure Development in Spacemacs

I’ve recently been doing some basic Clojure development, and it’s been a huge blast. I’ve played around with it in the past, but never bothered to fully set up a development environment. This time, however, I decided to spend a few evenings perfecting my workflow and becoming familiar with the tools available, focusing on my editor of choice: Spacemacs.
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