Archive for October, 2019

I’m 53 years old and still consider myself a software engineer who’s professional job isn’t writing code, it’s producing value using coding skills. I took a year off to learn recently to go back to school, and trying to find a job when I’m 53 turned out to be a challenge. I do think I […]

At the ${NEW_JOB}, we’re going through the processing of leveling up, and one of the steps of “leveling up” as a software company is watching Robert Martin (aka Uncle Bob’s) Clean Code Video Series, where he presents his ideas about how code should be thought about, organized, and written. A lot of the material is […]

David J Prokopetz asks, “What’s the most asinine technical requirement you’ve ever had to deal with?” I don’t know if it qualifies as “asinine,” but one of the most idiotic requirements I ever ran into during an assignment was simply one about contracts, money, and paranoia about the GPL. It came down to this: in […]

One of my biggest roles at my new job is mentor, and I’ve quickly learned a five-word phrase that my peer-students have come to understand and respect: "I don’t know that yet." The team I’m mentoring consists mostly of QA people who are moving into SDET roles, with a healthy side of SDET tooling development. […]


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