I love telling people about my job. I always get the same response: “huh?” Though Twitter has been around since 2006 and Facebook since 2004, my job is still relatively new. My dad and his friends think my job is the weirdest thing they’ve ever heard of… until I tell them how it can help their business.
People should do more yoga. It’s a fact that yoga (meditative or vinyasa) is supremely beneficial for the health of a person’s body, mind, and spirit. The phrase “body, mind, spirit” is often heard within yogic verbiage, but what does it really mean? At its core, yoga is primarily a spiritual practice — the physical benefits being a happy collateral effect. In principle, yoga is the learned mental and spiritual awareness of a person’s micro and macro place in the world. An awareness of one’s surroundings and of the natural elements around us — sights, sounds, energy — is lost in day-to-day life. Our understanding and appreciation for our bodies drifts into ambivalence; breath is taken for granted. Yoga brings all of these things to the forefront of our consciousness.
I’m organized. Some people would say I’m very, very, very organized. I don’t know, but that’s what people are telling me. Every workplace struggles with developing a system that is understandable and easy to sort through. So take it from me — I’m pretty much the greatest person at organizing files. You can ask anyone.
As a web developer, I have a web browser running about 99.9% of the time I'm on a computer. It's usually the first program I start up and the last one I shut down. Not only is a web browser the medium through which the world views our work as developers, it can also be an indispensable tool to help us get sites built. Most desktop browsers have a few tools built in that can assist in web development, but the real power comes when you get into the realm of browser extensions.
I love eating local. There’s something special about supporting people in your community, especially when great food is involved. This can be a challenge for me since I have a wheat allergy, but OKC has made great strides toward gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets. The icing on that gluten-free cupcake is finding a local restaurant that has a menu that suits my diet.
Google Analytics is an incredibly powerful tool that, when used well, can provide invaluable insights to marketing efforts, users’ behavior, and even site health. That said, it’s not without its flaws. Redundancies in traffic recording, artificial traffic from pesky botnets, and even your own visits to your website can all interfere with your data, skewing and obscuring information.
In a previous article, I wrote about one of the software-based tools I always have on-hand called Hiren’s BootCD. In this article, I will discuss how to use Hiren’s BootCD in a practical real-world situation which, in my case, is upgrading a computer from an HDD to an SSD. You can also do this if you are migrating to a new HDD.
Every developer has an urge to organize their code in the best way possible. However, this isn't always easy. Many paradigms exist in software architecture, but how do you choose the right one for a project? At liquidfish, we use a concept called Domain Driven Design. Most developers are probably familiar with DDD, but when I first learned about it, something clicked. It made a lot of sense. Some projects we plan for are not enormous enterprise level applications, but they're not small either. This is where DDD helps me wrap my head around things.
Unless you’re Kimmy Schmidt’s sister-wife and you somehow didn’t get out of the bunker, you’re aware there is a Presidential election in November. You’re likely also aware of your Facebook friends’ political stances and your Twitter acquaintances’ thoughts about Donald, Hillary, or Bernie. Not too long ago, social media wasn’t such a powerful force. Sure, anyone that was anyone had a MySpace account (remember the difficulty of choosing your “Top 8”?), but social media wasn’t the place where people went to get, share, or find information.
Let’s face it: I’m a noob. I was an even bigger noob six months ago than I am now. I’ve leveled up, got some experience under my belt, and gotten used to a new environment and a new way of working. So now I’m going to share a few things I’ve learned on how to not be as big of a noob.