I remember how I felt the first time I made an API call - like a caveman who has just created fire. A student made that comment (modulo paraphrasing) during my last Rails class at The Iron Yard. I know exactly the feeling he’s referring to - that sense of...

Growing up, I played a lot of tennis. My serve has never been the strongest part of my game, but I do remember one game in particular where I felt like I was hitting significantly better than usual. I was playing against my dad and must have been around twelve...

One week ago today, I started teaching Ruby on Rails at The Iron Yard. Three days before that was my last day at Emcien. It’s been a whirlwind and I’ve barely had time to catch my breath, but today John Saddington reminded me how important it is to take time...

Building a background worker system in Haskell I’ve long been intrigued by Haskell and recently have been reworking some existing apps in Yesod to get more hands-on experience (most notably, working on the Pi-Base). There’s a lot to like - the type system offers some pretty strong correctness guarantees, but...

In which I wire up Twilio to my lights, in an effort to appease my neighbors… I am a drummer, the noise-polluting bane of apartment dwellers everywhere. In an effort to find some sort of balance (read: not get kicked out of the complex), I picked up one of these...