Of Debt and Decisions

Back in the salad days of the 1990's, I was working at a company that was building the hot product of the day: an intranet. Every company wanted an intranet. We'd built several for different client before deciding to create a white labelable intranet that would be the delight of…

Read this article

On Becoming a Better Teacher

Sometime in early 2013, I was really struggling with writing Storm Applied. I felt stymied at every turn by the requests of our editor. He was always asking us to explain simple topics more deeply. I almost lost my mind when a request to explain “web-scale” came up. It all…

Read this article

Storm Applied: Behind the Scenes

Almost two years ago, I embarked on a project that I had no idea the immensity of. And today, it has finally led to this: It started with my bugging Matt Jankowski to write a "mea culpa" blog post about our problems getting going with Storm at TheLadders. The idea…

Read this article

An Acceptable Tool

Imagine for a moment that you are on a small development team tasked with core operations at a moderate sized startup. You're responsible for the development, operations and maintenance of various production systems. Your day is filled with all the fun of programming combined with the joys of running a…

Read this article

Interview with Lobste.rs

I recently did an interview with the news aggregator site lobste.rs. It covers some of what I've been up to in my role as Principal Architect at TheLadders, as well as some info about my forthcoming book Storm Applied.…

Read this article