• 02 Apr 2018

    A Question on Aggregate APIs and Microservices

    I received the following question from one of our service teams last week and thought it was likely the type of issue that a lot of you are dealing with (or have solved) in our current world of “microservice all the thingz!” The question went something like this:

  • 14 Mar 2018

    My Reading List, Spring 2018 Edition

    Every now and then, somebody will ask me what I’m currently reading or researching. As such, I want to provide my current reading list along with the top items on my backlog. I’ll also try to publish these posts more frequently so that you [and I] can track progress as well as see what topics and resources have sneaked in.

  • 19 Dec 2017

    The Win-Win of Mock Interviewing

    Some of you may know that I’m passionate about helping people from non-traditional computer science background enter our industry and have done quite a bit of work over the last few years towards that end through partnerships with immersive code schools like General Assembly and Code Fellows. In fact, at this point, nearly one third of my organization has come from one of those programs.

  • 29 Nov 2017

    I Don't Work for a Technology Company

    One of the projects that my team works on is a GraphQL server. The service provides a consistent, data-focused interface between multiple types and versions of front end applications and multiple types and versions of back end APIs. Now, let me be clear up front: this post is not about GraphQL vs. REST. As I’m sure will be unsurprising to the vast majority of you, our back end services differ wildly in terms of design (from RPC to “Pragmatic REST” (aka RPC) to full-blown hypermedia), content types and granularity of resources. So our decision to use GraphQL is based on what I think are 3 realities that are specific to a company and a culture.

  • 07 Sep 2017

    On Change and Career

    I originally wrote this as talking points for a conversation I had with my team and wasn’t planning on sharing it more broadly. However, as I’ve been watching this crazy industry of ours over the last several months, I think that these thoughts apply to many more people than just those on my team and I hope that at least one other person finds them useful.