“Growth Hackers” are all Around Us

Posted in Thoughts, Work

“Growth hacking” is the hot new software job of 2012. Except that it isn’t. Beyond the somewhat forced proclamations by a few bloggers, trying to optimize for growth via combinations of programming, SEO, A/B testing, …

The Hubris of Front-End Developers

Posted in Engineering, Front-End, Rant

A colleague pointed me to an interesting article by a senior Yahoo front-end engineer. It goes through what companies need to do to hire “great FE engineers”, that A developers are attracted by other A players …

Our Money’s Worth

Posted in Technology, Thoughts

I was listening to the last episode of the This American Life podcast, and they were detailing how a company called Journatic was basically outsourcing newspaper articles to the Philippines. Now, they were previously an under-the-radar …

The Importance of Degradation

Posted in Thoughts

I never caught onto Pandora/Last.fm/Spotify online music craze. A combination of: a lack of connectivity (commuting on the BART), quizzical music tastes (with a soft spot for Asian pop), and a obsessive tendency to listen …

Fragments of the Web

Posted in Front-End, Mobile, Rant

With Apple’s introduction of the Retina-display-equipped Macbook, we’re starting to enter a transitional period in display resolutions. As usual, Apple’s leading the charge while keeping things simple via pixel doubling, but much like Android and …

Vimtastic

Posted in Engineering

Late last year, I finally made the effort to learn that other text editor, vim. I knew the basics of emacs from school, and I had always relied on simple, graphical text editors like Textmate …

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

Posted in Engineering, Hiring

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my software engineering career as a software engineer. I’ve had the privilege of working with some truly exceptional developers, and while most of them weren’t great teachers[1], they nonetheless impart …

Hiring, Interviews, and Being Productive

Posted in Hiring

I was pleasantly informed by one of our new Squares yesterday that some of my writing had helped him with his interviews at Square and front-end web development in general. Here are some relevant links that …

Too Old to Fail

Posted in Engineering

I’ve been watching the Battlestar Galactica series recently. It’s a gritty sci-fi show about the remnants of a human civilization, looking for a mysterious planet (conveniently called Earth) after their home world had been destroyed …