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The best reason for a developer to write

“I’m sure. But look at it this way. What really is the point of trying to teach anything to anybody?” This question seemed to provoke a murmur of sympathetic approval from up and down the table. Richard continued, “What I...

Watermarking Staging environments in Rails

I’ve been improving our Development and Staging environments with more realistic seed data and hit an unexpected issue. We previously used Faker and Markov chains to generate filler content whenever staging was reset, but the results were unrealistic. Users found...

Productivity Carrots & Sticks

For almost ten years, I’ve used a mixture of GTD and time tracking to manage my work and personal commitments. Although these systems are pretty reliable, I still procrastinate over some projects. Often these tasks are not particularly difficult or...

Jekyll on Docker

I’m getting into the habit of building everything inside containers. Initially, Docker’s most attractive feature was removing the ever-present fear of hosing my entire setup with a misplaced make install. More recently I’ve come to appreciate the time it saves...