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How transistors work: Illustrated

After fruitless searches in electronics books, electrical engineering textbooks, even physics, trying to find a way to understand transistors (not just where to put one in a circuit), I stumbled upon the answer when I wasn’t looking for it. Chemistry. … Continue reading 

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Reviewing Git feature branches when you don’t have pull requests

I’m not always using Git in an environment that supports pull requests. My preferred Git workflow, even within a team of co-workers who sit together, is to have features developed and tested within a feature branch, then reviewed and merged … Continue reading 

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Kids, electronics, play dough, summer camp!

We had too much fun and a half at the Circuits in Play Dough session at That Conference. Here are resources from the workshop. Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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Caffeinated Usability

We have the neediest coffee maker. It’s great having free, freshly ground espresso at the office, but that machine is constantly yalping for one thing or another. Waiting for your espresso to brew gives you time to think about usability. … Continue reading 

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Create test data for mongoose.js backed MEAN stack applications

tl:dr: I’ve created a node library that creates test data with Mongoose.  You can check it out here: https://github.com/jcteague/mongoose-fixtures Integration Tests FTW! Because nodejs+mongodb applications are so fast to start up, most of my tests are integration tests.  I test … Continue reading 

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Your nerd is showing

My pharmacy upgraded their computer system. I can tell by the label on my most recent medicine bottle: the QR code is in a different spot, and the prescription identifier now sports a leading zero. (Only programmers think numbers can … Continue reading 

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Austin F# Meetup

There’s a brand new meetup in the ATX. The Austin F# Meetup is having their first meeting on Tuesday, May 6th. Check it out! Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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Using Git subtrees to split a repository

We are in a position where we needed to create a new back-end server for an application. The current application is on a MEAN stack (Mongodb, Expressjs, Angularjs, Node.js), but a new client wants the backend to be deployed onto … Continue reading 

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Leaving LosTechies

You may (or may not) have noticed that I haven’t posted here in a few weeks. There’s a reason for that… an era is coming to an end. It’s time for me to move on from LosTechies – a community … Continue reading 

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What I learned by coding with kids on my summer vacation at That Conference, an essay by Sharon

It was a perfect moment. I’m at last year’s That Conference, sitting in the big dining hall, while people step up to a microphone at the other end of the room and announce the Open Spaces session they will convene … Continue reading 

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