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Written content to help you along your web development journey, without forgetting to have some fun along the way.

Solving Problems with a Wedding Ring

It took me years to solve a problem that, in the end, was as simple as taking a ring off my finger. Learn what I learned from that problem-solving process.

Apr 16, 2019

A Puzzle Without a Box

Just as a jigsaw puzzle needs a box, a solution needs the thing that will focus and guide it to success.

Apr 15, 2019

Is Your Project the Right Project?

Use the 5 Whys exercise to determine if a project continues to support its root motivations.

Apr 14, 2019

Find the Root Cause by Asking Why

Using the practice of 5 Whys can help you create more effective solutions to problems, including where you should go on your next vacation.

Apr 12, 2019

Cleaning Up Nested Conditionals

Flattening the logic of if/else conditionals can go a long way toward cleaning up your code.

Feb 06, 2019

Export Multi-Line Environment Variables

Storing multi-line strings in an environment variable is nice and easy to do, but the process is slightly different than a single line value. Here I present two approaches that achieve the same result.

Feb 04, 2019

What Change Means to a Developer

Three developers—The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly—each handle change in their own way. What does it take to become The Good, to ride off into the sunset with the gold?

Feb 03, 2019

Choose the Right Tool for the Job

A handyman (or handywoman) has a toolbox full of tools for any job that comes their way. What should be in your toolbox? And when should you open it?

Feb 02, 2019

You Can Solve Every Problem

You are a human, and therefore, you are capable of solving every problem.

Feb 02, 2019

Taking a Balanced Approach to New Technology

"New" is a dangerous word in the tech world. With so much changing every day, how do we make sure we know which tools and technologies to invest our time in and which ones to leave behind?

Feb 01, 2019