Blog posts from Medium

  • Coding outside the box — Reverse IN()
    Being aggressively lazy inspires many of my coding novelties, particularly wanting to type less. I work fanatically to reduce the amount of overall work I do. Future me will probably realize that I just pull more work into the pipeline, but don’t tell “present me” or this will be a very short blog. This post spotlights a quirk of SQL Server syntax I discovered while tightening up some code for a reservation system.
    Published: 09/05/2022
  • Code outside the box (or IDE)
    Our task as programmers is to solve problems. Generally, someone identifies a problem and we’ll crack open an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) like XCode, Visual Studio, Eclipse, etc. to start translating the real world question into computer commands. Sometimes situations arise which call for lines and lines of very repetitive code. Who does boring and repetitive well? Computers.
    Published: 09/04/2022
  • Time to re-tool
    Ramping down from my role as software architect and co-founder of a software company, I looked for some good sources about what to do afterward. Most of the articles I’ve found focus on valuations, contracts, and how to get “there”, rather than how to define what “there” should look like. It’s a bit like focusing on the wedding rather than the marriage. The sense of urgency around a “big day” on the calendar overshadows the importance of deliberately envisioning and creating the ongoing life afterward.
    Published: 09/03/2022
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