I was happy to be invited to speak at Confoo Vancouver 2016. I have spoken at Confoo Montreal in the past (2011, 2012), and it is always a very informative and well run conference.
You Don’t Know Node.js
Node.js can be a powerful platform used in the right situations, but it also has more footguns than PHP does for new developers. Asynchronous programming style, concurrency issues, error handling, the event loop, and no default timeouts for HTTP requests or network calls will give new developers more than their fair share of troubles. This talk gives a thorough introduction to node.js and the event loop model, and covers common pitfalls to avoid.
If you use the widely recommended best practice of putting your application configuration in environment variables, then you have probably also run into the problem of ensuring certain environment variables are set that are required for your application to function – such as transactional email API keys or your database connection settings. Continue reading
Last year, I committed to launching 4 new projects by the end of the year. I did succeed in that goal for the most part – I launched 4 new projects, including the Countism mobile app that has gotten some very good reviews so far. In the end though, I didn’t really feel that successful, and only felt like I had one really solid project. Continue reading
I recently sold JSCompress.com – a website that I created, and have owned and operated since 2008. Over the years, it has gained a lot of traction and popularity, and is heavily trafficked – the most heavily and consistently trafficked website I have ever owned (about 3,500 uniques per weekday). It was a really tough decision selling the website, but in the end – it was the right time to do it.
While developing the new Job board for Techlahoma (soon to launch), I decided to customize the JSON error response to include a
field_errors key with a dictionary of the field names submitted, and the error message that maps to that field. This allows me to more easily create in-context error validation feedback for users without having to implement additional client-side validation. A huge win for productivity, and a really nice feature for anyone implementing the JSON API. Continue reading
After switching back to WordPress from a static blog that did not have any comments, I left comments on out of curiosity to see what would happen. Sure enough, within a few days, I already had over 20 spam comments to moderate. I just switched comments back off, and don’t plan on turning them on anytime soon. They are too much of a hassle a police. There are lots of ways to contact me if you need help or clarification on any of my posts.
After a little over 2 years on Middleman, I decided to move my blog back to WordPress. Middleman – and static blogs in general – are a good idea in general (especially for security and performance), but I found it more difficult to write and contribute to my own blog on a regular, ongoing basis. This was especially noticeable after I started working for NetSuite instead of contracting, because I was no longer doing all of my work on my own personal laptop everyday. Continue reading
Countism is a mobile app idea that I have been working on and thinking about for a long time. Even though I have been thinking of the idea for a while and even did some initial work, I did not plan to actually build and release the app – that was always a question that was up in air. My initial work was really just experimental to see if it was something I could build easily enough to make it worth the effort, and to see if my idea would be viable in app form.