Hello!

Welcome to the blog. The traditional reverse-date-oriented feed of essays and such are below, but I've also started working on some material that kinda wants to be gathered together in a non-blog format--more like collections of written resources brought together. So, before wandering through the blog list, maybe you're looking for patterns reimagined or Speaker Tips? Or check out the "Sections" menu above for a list of some of my favorite blog posts over the years. Of course, the Archive has the complete chronological list, most-recent to oldest (2005!). Thanks for reading; at some point, I'll get comments (Disqus) turned on here again, but that's a TODO for now.

Speaking Tips: Mistakes happen; get over it

When speaking, you will screw up.

05 May 2022

I can't say how many times I've talked to new speakers who watch speakers and are amazed at how effortless their flawless presentations seem to go. Folks, part of the reason they go that smoothly is because they're practiced, but part of it is also that the speaker is often ready for the mistake to happen.

The Founding of Solidify/US

As of April 1st, I am engaged in another consulting company--this time in partnership with an existing group, Solidify, out of Sweden.

29 April 2022

tl;dr: Solidify, a Sweden-headquarted consulting company, is creating a US division, and they've asked me to build it out. Hence, I am announcing the foundation of Solidify/US, a software development consulting company with deep expertise in DevOps (AzureDevOps and GitHub) and a focus on helping companies maximize their software development efforts.

Why the Bug Tracker

Allen Holub posted a tweet and a blog entry claiming that the use of a bug tracker was a crutch that teams should deliberately throw away. He's wrong, but he's not entirely wrong.

26 February 2022

tl;dr: Allen Holub is a smart, experienced developer whose seen a lot of things in his time. But his take on the bug tracker--that it "is a symptom of a deeper problem--insufficient focus on quality" misses the mark badly on a number of fronts, even as he is slightly right about it.

Book review: Supercharge Your Applications with GraalVM

A review of the book "Supercharge Your Applications with GraalVM".

23 February 2022

A while back, Packt Publishing asked me to do a review of the book "Supercharge Your Applications with GraalVM", and while I wrote it up, I never pushed it to the blog. tl;dr, it's a decent book--a good intro to GraalVM, with some interesting tidbits in there, but not deep enough for the expert. (Full disclosure: Packt sent me a copy of the book in exchange for a review.)

Digital footprint updates

Some discussion about what I'm doing with my various websites.

22 February 2022

As I've mentioned on LinkedIn, I've been sans FTE employment since just before the holidays last year, and I'm using the time to do some re-shuffling of some of my "digital footprint" on the Internet. Let me explain a bit about what's going on here, mostly so that if you're consuming an RSS feed for one, and you're not getting what you expect, you may want to flip over to the other. (Or both!)

2022 Tech Predictions

Technology and related predictions for 2022.

23 January 2022

It's that time of the year again, when I make predictions for the upcoming year. As has become my tradition now for nigh-on a decade, I will first go back over last years' predictions, to see how well I called it (and keep me honest), then wax prophetic on what I think the new year has to offer us.

2021 Tech Predictions

Technology and related predictions for 2021.

25 February 2021

It's that time of the year again, when I make predictions for the upcoming year. As has become my tradition now for nigh-on a decade, I will first go back over last years' predictions, to see how well I called it (and keep me honest), then wax prophetic on what I think the new year has to offer us.

2020 Tech Predictions

Technology and related predictions for 2020.

16 January 2020

It's that time of the year again, when I make predictions for the upcoming year. As has become my tradition now for nigh-on a decade, I will first go back over last years' predictions, to see how well I called it (and keep me honest), then wax prophetic on what I think the new year has to offer us.

2019 Tech Predictions

Technology and related predictions for 2019.

01 January 2019

It's that time of year again... well, actually, a few days late, but I've been busy, I swear. As has become my tradition now for nigh-on a decade, I will first go back over last years’ predictions, to see how well I called it (and keep me honest), then wax prophetic on what I think the new year has to offer us.

As per previous years, I’m giving myself either a +1 or a -1 based on a purely subjective and highly-biased evaluational criteria as to whether it actually happened (or in some cases at least started to happen before 31 Dec 2018 ended). And, to be fair, while I only posted the 2018 predictions a few days ago (I hadn't realized it, but my CI system for the blog was down, which goes to show you, it helps to verify your CI system every so often), I actually wrote it a year ago, so it's still legit.

2018 Tech Predictions

Technology and related predictions for 2018.

02 January 2018

It's that time of year again... well, actually, a few days late, but I've been busy, I swear. As has become my tradition now for nigh-on a decade, I will first go back over last years’ predictions, to see how well I called it (and keep me honest), then wax prophetic on what I think the new year has to offer us.


Older posts are available in the archive.