What’s Next?

Yes, I’m still alive. I know there haven’t been many signs of life here on this site but I’m here still. I just took a break for a while. It’s been a busy year and it’s just barely past the halfway mark. I don’t have much about code or career development to talk about right now but I do have some plans for some content you can expect here in the near future.

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Professional Evolution

Oh hi, it’s been a while hasn’t it? A lot has happened in the last six months and I’ve got quite a bit to talk about. I won’t get into all of it now but I’ll at least give a bit of a preview of what’s to come. Some thoughts on startups vs. corporate gigs, finding your place on a new team, how not to do Agile, and what I’ve been up to. But today let’s talk about how to avoid becoming a dinosaur developer.

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Training Wheels

Services like Heroku, Elastic Beanstalk, and the rest are great tools for “easy” and “fast” web application deployment. While I can’t deny the benefits of these PaaS providers I think that some of their users are doing a disservice to themselves by choosing to use them. When PaaS services like Heroku get used as a developer’s first introduction to application deployment it can have a lasting, sometimes negative impact on their growth trajectory.

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How to Destroy Your Startup

Anyone can start a startup but can you destroy one? Sure you can! It’s easier than starting one!

Let me tell you the tale of the startup that died a slow death that could have been avoided by just acknowledging enormous red flags along the way. If you’ve read my posts over the years you know I have some issues with startup culture and the sort of cult mentality that surrounds them and resides within them. I’m not anti-startup by any means but I am against bad, dare I say selfish and stupid, business practices that are common among inexperienced entrepreneurs that puts a stain on all startups much like the diversity issues that have been plaguing this same world for years now. So here’s how to not destroy your startup – or how to destroy it depending on how you interpret this. It’s a parable based on personal experience. It’s an amalgamation of anecdotes, experiences, and patterns I’ve seen over the past decade personally.

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Taking Startup Advice

Are you a young twenty-something fresh out of college (or dropping out of college)? Do you consider yourself a hustler? Ever feel like no one gets you and you could never work for someone else? Then you’re probably thinking of starting a startup (oh how I loathe that word). If so, I’ve got advice for you and if you’re like every other idiot founder out there you’re probably going to ignore it so you can leave now. Because you’re a special snowflake that has it all figured out. For the rest of you who are serious about business keep reading.

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List of MySQL Commands - MySQL Cheat Sheet

Because the bookmark for the page that had all the MySQL Commands I needed to create and manage new databases succumbed to link rot I’m hosting my own page of common and general MySQL commands. It’s focused mostly on getting new databases up and running, and managing users but I’ll add more as I need it. This you can bookmark this page for future reference because I’m never – really, never – going to take down this page and this site will be up for as long as I’m alive (another 40 years at least).

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How Much Should a Developer Make?

Developer salaries vary widely. Let’s talk about money. What should you be getting paid? Let’s walk through the factors to take into account when negotiating a pay raise or getting your first job.

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Are Programmers the New Blue Collar Worker?

Programmers, developers, software engineers, web designers – whatever you want to call them – may be the new blue collar workers. Over the last decade the internet has become an integral part of all of our lives. Name a day that you didn’t use the internet for something. Can you even point to a one hour period of time where the internet wasn’t present in your life? It’s hard if not impossible. As the way we navigate the world and live our lives becomes more reliant on the internet the people who build these systems we use every day are becoming more numerous. Just a few years ago being involved with web development would associate you with the professional class or white collar workers. Now we have a whole class of people who are a mixed bag of college grads and college dropouts building the Ubers, Facebooks, and Snapchats of the world. Having worked in the industry since 2007 I’m starting to wonder if we’re becoming the new blue collar worker and whether that’s good or not.

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How to Get Things Done

Ever since I became a competent developer I have had a flood of ideas every day all day that I’ve wanted to build and create. Many of them related to coding, others related to my other passions like music. I think we can all relate to the issue of having too many ideas and spreading yourself too thin. Having too many ongoing projects at once is a productivity killer. I’ve recently come up with a strategy that I want to share with other developers out there struggling with this same issue of “option paralysis” or “analysis paralysis” that should help you clear your ever frantic brain and calm the constant stream of todos running through your head at any given time. So let’s talk about how to cut the clutter and organize this frantic mess.

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Private Key Mismatch Errors on AWS - Fixed

So you’re running an EC2 instance on AWS and you need to install an SSL certificate served up by Nginx. Normally this is a straightforward process but this time you get a strange key mismatch error. The other day I had this happen to me and I’m by no means new to installing SSL certificates. If you’re running Nginx or even Apache and it’s complaining about some sort of key mismatch error this is what will fix it.

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