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Polyglot hacker, writer, and speaker. Principal engineer @AOL.

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2015

Thoughts on a Plane

It’s 5:40 AM and my second alarm goes off. I drag myself out of bed. The room is cold and dark, lit only by a sodium lamp across the street. I have enough ti...

2014

Visualizing Joindin Data

I’ve been playing around with D3 a little bit to familiarize myself for an upcoming project and I stumbled upon PubNub’s wordcloud demo and it gave me an ide...

php[world] Retrospective

What more can I say? php[architect] has done it again. It's clear that php[world] has made a place for itself in our community calendar, and I cannot wait fo...

Sorting Dependency Trees

When we have a number of things to do with certain things needing to be done before others, how can we calculate the right order so that nothing gets done be...

A Quick Note About This Blog

I got a wild bug last week to move my blog to a github page, so here it is. The volume of content that I produce certainly did not warrent a place even on th...

php[tek] 2014 Retrospective

So, php[tek] has come and gone and everyone is hopefully starting to catch up on their sleep. This was my second visit to tek and while it was delightfully f...

Nomad is coming!

I’ve been in the software engineering business for a long time, but until I was introduced to the PHP community, I never really cared to engage in the social...

Jamming with the Feds

“What on Earth is a Data Jam?” is precisely the question I asked myself yesterday afternoon when an email inviting me to participate in a White House Data Ja...

2013

Juggle Chainsaws, Not Types

No matter how popular an activity it is, I really don’t like to bash on PHP. Every language has its flaws when you look closely enough, and if PHP wears its ...

Pushing Bamboo Notifications to Datadog

In my last post, I mentioned that where I work, we settled on Bamboo as our continuous integration solution. I love Bamboo, but its built-in notification fea...

Speaking tonight at DCPHP

I’ll be giving a short presentation on Continuous Integration & Deployment at the DC PHP tonight. Come check it out!

A Phenomenal Impostor

I really wasn’t sure what to expect as I boarded a plane to Chicago last week to attend php tek 13. Before setting out, I studied the schedule in detail and ...