It’s the most wonderful time of the year… the time of year when I receive a 300% increase in email marketing. Many years ago, my first real job after graduating college was working for an internet marketing company – specifically in their email marketing department. My job at the time was to craft email marketing…
I recently gave this presentation to LCNUG and the Chicago Sencha User Group. Sencha Touch Extensions for Windows Azure API Documentation, User Guides, Etc.
Dear Tech Recruiters, If you’re reading this message, it may be because you reached out to me and I sent you this link. Let me start by saying I’ve got nothing against tech recruiters (e.g. you) personally. I’ve met more than a few of you in my travels and prior job searches, and most of…
I’ve seen a lot of posts over the years that talk about becoming a better presenter. As someone who spends a lot of time speaking at conferences, meetups and giving presentations of all kinds I gravitate towards these resources because I’m always looking to improve my own skills. I figured keeping a running list of them on my blog will help me keep track of them – and hopefully help others looking for good content.
I don’t know that I have much “advice” of my own to offer that hasn’t already been said in the resources above, but I do want to write down my own checklist so that I don’t forget anything when I go to speak at my future events.
A few months ago I spoke at Chicago Code Camp 2013, and I presented End to End Unit Testing for Web Developers to a packed audience.
The main idea behind my session was that the hardest part of building unit tests in web applications is actually defining what you should be testing. It’s a deceptively hard thing to do – especially considering that web developers deal with more surface area (i.e. environmental factors susceptible to problems) than traditional server-side programmers.
While I’d like to think my session was a success, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s simply a gigantic topic – one which can just barely be scratched in an hour-long lecture. I wanted to pull one of the examples from my presentation and dive more deeply into the art of choosing what to test.
Back in January, I posted my 2013 list of New Year’s resolutions. At that time I said I wanted to make my health a higher priority because I had just turned 30… and I managed to almost hit my resolution!
After training most of the summer I ran the Men’s Health Urbanathlon on October 19, a 10.8 mile obstacle course. It’s not quite the marathon I had hoped to conquer this year… but it’s a damn good accomplishment for me.
It’s been weeks (months?) since some guy named Edward Snowden leaked details about how the US Government (via the NSA) has been spying on… pretty much everyone and everything that happens on the Internet. I’m no pundit or expert on anything remotely related to this story. Unlike everyone whom I follow on social media, I’m…
Over the past few weeks I’ve spent a lot of time working with Sencha Cmd “packages”. I’ll let you read about what these “packages” are and how they’re used in the Sencha API docs linked above. In a nutshell, Sencha Cmd “packages” are the same concept as “packages” in Node.js, Ruby, Python or any other…
Because I work for Sencha, I was lucky enough to spend all of last week at SenchaCon 2013 in Orlando (although I was working the whole time). I tweeted a number of things about the conference recently, but now that I have some time to reflect I wanted to post some of the things I enjoyed most about the event.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be speaking at SenchaCon and ThatConference about building Windows 8 apps using Ext JS. Although these presentations cover the same concepts, their content is slightly different (based upon the target audience of each conference).
Because I don’t expect everyone to have a strong background in either, I thought I would list all of the relevant resources here rather than having 30 links at the end of each slide deck.