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The Times, They Are A-Changin’

Yesterday was spent mostly in meetings because we’re in the midst of a couple of transitions - changing gears in development work and changing our workflow. Previously I’d been doing code reviews/QA work on pull requests. Now it’s time to up my game and start using JIRA tickets, testing things on mobile, and at some point start working on a test suite.

It’s also time to start thinking about the iOS version of the app. Yup, there’s a web version and a shiny iPad version. Which means I’ll need an iPad or two…or three for testing. I’ll also get to play around in the QA lab as we see how the app does on different browsers and platforms.

All this transition comes as I enter my 5th week here at the Times. It’s great to stop for a moment, look around, and realize I have settled in and even started to contribute. I was talking with the team lead about it, and I think a large part of it is the environment. People who join the team want to work for this organization, and believe in the products they build.

One month in, I’m still as happy, humbled, and honored to be here.

(Source: musicallyinclinedhipster)

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Mad Glad Sad

Today I didn’t do a lot of coding. There was a review meeting, an annual ceremony for the Times’ latest Pulitzer winners, and then our team retro.

Retrospectives have the team sitting down and writing out things on sticky notes. Once done, they are sorted into categories and discussed one at a time. Today’s categories were Mad, Glad, and Sad. What’s great about these discussions is that they address problems without assigning blame. And it helps when the team is full of smart, motivated people working on something cool.

Mad Glad Sad

Today I didn’t do a lot of coding. There was a review meeting, an annual ceremony for the Times’ latest Pulitzer winners, and then our team retro.

Retrospectives have the team sitting down and writing out things on sticky notes. Once done, they are sorted into categories and discussed one at a time. Today’s categories were Mad, Glad, and Sad. What’s great about these discussions is that they address problems without assigning blame. And it helps when the team is full of smart, motivated people working on something cool.

(via penorus)

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Colbert 2015

And just like that Stephen Colbert is the successor to the throne. The only question is: Will he be funny out of character?

Congrats Mr. Colbert. It’ll be exciting to see what you do!

Today is the end of a long push for the team. I was telling one of teammates how much we’ve managed to put in given a short amount of time. Things are looking functional and starting to get some serious style love.

The next few weeks will be all polish - front and backend. Excited to see this thing look, run, and feel like the real thing.

Colbert 2015

And just like that Stephen Colbert is the successor to the throne. The only question is: Will he be funny out of character?

Congrats Mr. Colbert. It’ll be exciting to see what you do!


Today is the end of a long push for the team. I was telling one of teammates how much we’ve managed to put in given a short amount of time. Things are looking functional and starting to get some serious style love.

The next few weeks will be all polish - front and backend. Excited to see this thing look, run, and feel like the real thing.

(Source: basedonnothingdotnet)

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The Dark Side

Spotify shined up their app recently by turning off the lights - putting a black background on everything to make the content stand out. I was excited to get the update today and see colors suddenly pop. I had noticed a similar effect a few weeks ago when I changed the background of my phone to a dark pattern - suddenly the app icons seemed brighter.

And just so you know, I did experiment with a dark background over at my website. It didn’t work so well! Guess plain ol’ whitespace will have to do.

I spent some time trying to break through a velvet rope today. You know, using incognito windows and doing stuff with cookies. Who hasn’t been tempted to cut the line to get into a party?

When I look at pull requests I’ve been hesitant about what to do first: read through the code diffs or start playing around with the front-end. I think I’ve settled on the latter. Seeing how things work up top drives me into the code, but trying to read a bunch of files (especially new ones) without a sense of their function yields only nitpicking over syntax at best.

The Dark Side

Spotify shined up their app recently by turning off the lights - putting a black background on everything to make the content stand out. I was excited to get the update today and see colors suddenly pop. I had noticed a similar effect a few weeks ago when I changed the background of my phone to a dark pattern - suddenly the app icons seemed brighter.

And just so you know, I did experiment with a dark background over at my website. It didn’t work so well! Guess plain ol’ whitespace will have to do.


I spent some time trying to break through a velvet rope today. You know, using incognito windows and doing stuff with cookies. Who hasn’t been tempted to cut the line to get into a party?

When I look at pull requests I’ve been hesitant about what to do first: read through the code diffs or start playing around with the front-end. I think I’ve settled on the latter. Seeing how things work up top drives me into the code, but trying to read a bunch of files (especially new ones) without a sense of their function yields only nitpicking over syntax at best.

(Source: thefoxisblack)

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Heartbleed

In case y’all didn’t hear by now - there was a serious security vulnerability discovered the other day. The upshot? Change all your passwords if you value your life!

This is another good reason to do things like:

Use a password manager like LastPass
Set up Two-factor Authentication
Make a tough, long password
Change your passwords on a regular basis
Back up your data
Okay - I’m no security expert, so I won’t pretend to be. Do your homework and figure out what you need to do. Keeping your info safe will always be a moving target, but thankfully there’s best practices now that minimize the hassle.

I beefed up a CSV->Ruby seed-file converter. Nothing exciting, just fixing the formatting of the output to match some database changes. It’s mighty pleasing to be able to hit a few keys and go from one filetype to the kind you want.

Heartbleed

In case y’all didn’t hear by now - there was a serious security vulnerability discovered the other day. The upshot? Change all your passwords if you value your life!

This is another good reason to do things like:

  • Use a password manager like LastPass
  • Set up Two-factor Authentication
  • Make a tough, long password
  • Change your passwords on a regular basis
  • Back up your data

Okay - I’m no security expert, so I won’t pretend to be. Do your homework and figure out what you need to do. Keeping your info safe will always be a moving target, but thankfully there’s best practices now that minimize the hassle.

I beefed up a CSV->Ruby seed-file converter. Nothing exciting, just fixing the formatting of the output to match some database changes. It’s mighty pleasing to be able to hit a few keys and go from one filetype to the kind you want.

(Source: edukndo)