The work ethic that you have is likely a carryover from how you were in school. Some of us might be labeled as procrastinators – not out of laziness, but out of a misalignment of goals. In school, high leverage tasks (as teachers and the department viewed them) were tests, homework, and classwork. They assumed that […]
One of the things that I’ve noticed for the past year is the difficulties that open source development introduces in creating a collaborative team. More specifically, folks who contribute to open source have a tendency to be talented, but need help breaking habits to make them better teammates.
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time working on Sublime Dependents: a free, Sublime Text 3 plugin that helps you navigate front-end codebases. The plugin was built for large, production codebases (originally built for use at Bēhance). As such, performance is a priority. In this post, I’ll talk about some performance optimizations (in the […]
I was in London in October speaking at the FullStack conference. I gave a talk on using static analysis to give build tools like Grunt, Gulp, and Broccoli the ability to figure out how to generate their own configuration files based on what we’re doing/using as we build front-end applications. You can find the recording […]
This post was featured in Node Weekly #43. When you have a large JS codebase that uses the AMD module pattern, like we do at Bēhance, it becomes tedious to perform certain tasks within your editor. This hurts productivity and adds up to wasted developer time in the long term. Here are some of the […]
I’m writing tests for a node.js tool that I’m working on and hit a snag in trying to mock (i.e., simulate) a dynamic npm install of a module within a subdirectory. I tried a bunch of ideas and ended up with a simple, perhaps not ideal, but effective solution.
Programmers, both new and experienced, have a hard time getting away from technical interviews: the “large-company” style of interview where you’re asked to work through an ambiguously-stated programming question with an interviewer who already knows a wide-range of solutions to the problem. There are pros and cons to this interview style; I personally don’t like […]