Building a Software Deployment Pipeline

March 31, 2014 One of the fundamental pieces of infrastructure for an effective software engineering team is their deployment pipeline. Here we cover a fairly basic but effective pipeline for deploying code.

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Irrational Exuberance's Fourth Coming

March 24, 2014 After a couple years with the old look, I took some time over the weekend and moved the blog over to Bootstrap.

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Company Culture and Managing Freedoms

February 9, 2014 In management we often find ourselves balancing the freedoms of the few against the freedoms of the many. This is, as you might imagine, a tricky business.

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War Card Game in Python

December 3, 2012 A simple implementation of the war card game in Python, made for an interview some time back.

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Reflection on RethinkDB

December 2, 2012 I spent a couple of hours reading up on and working through an example project using RethinkDB, and it seems like a great tool, as long as its performance and scalability stories prove themselves out with large scale usage.

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Kill Your Heroes, Stop Doing it Harder

November 26, 2012 One of the most destructive ideas is that you can dig out of a hole by doing what you're already doing, but doing it harder. This doesn't work, but it does breed and kill your heroes, and alienate everyone else.

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Configuration Driven Behavior

November 25, 2012 As the SocialCode engineering team pursues building technical leverage, one of the ideas we've been exercising is configuration driven behavior. This post discusses what configuration driven behavior entails, and why we think it's a useful idea.

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Extraction: Get Metadata from HTML Documents

November 24, 2012 As part of a toy project I'm playing with I needed to extract titles, summaries and images, so I threw that together as the extraction library.

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Social Hierarchies in Engineering Organizations

November 5, 2012 When things get bad, people start complaining about percieved social hierarchies. Few things piss off the already angry engineer like knowing they're less important than an architect.

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Creating Multi-Worksheet Excel Docs with xlwt

November 4, 2012 xlwt is a great little Python module, this tutorial walks through the steps of using it to create a multi-worksheet Excel with cross-referencing formulas.

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Building Technical Leverage

November 4, 2012 The aim of a development group is to build business value. Building technical leverage is the focus on increasing the business value a development group delivers over time.

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