Working on Projects That "Matter"

A short guide on selecting meaningful work for an individual contributor.

Building a Microblog in Jekyll

How I built a database-backed microblog API into this blog for free.

Emulating Raspberry Pi LED Matrices in Your Browser

Using RGBME 0.7.0 to make RPI matrix scripts displayable via a browser.

Don't Reinvent the Wheel

Build vs. buy (or download) for a template engine in MatrixML.

Programmatically Modifying Ancient Fonts

Patching old BDF fonts to render characters they were never meant to.

MLB Finally Deprecated Its XML API

Responding to sudden deprecation in the MLB LED scoreboard.

Building a Custom Markup Language for Raspberry Pi LED Matrices

Applying lessons from my toy language to simplify building custom LED templates.

Into the Rabbit Hole of Slow Test Suites

How an unexpected bug caused slow RSpec loads and hindered TDD adoption.

Implementing Session Expiration in Rails

Extending Devise's session expiration functions with automatic logout features.

Do Bootcamps Still Make Sense in 2022?

Considerations you should make before enrolling in a coding bootcamp.