What is Null? Null is an adjective that means “without value”. It is the absence of knowledge. It is “I dunno”. Null sounds like a very computer-y thing, but it’s something we encounter in everyday life away from our computers, we just don’t realize it. For example, let’s say someone tells us “I have a… Continue reading What is Null and what are null contexts in C# 8.0?
Most developer blogs are in the structure of learn a thing, write a thing. This is where we find something we need to do, we learn how to do it, then we document what we did so that others can follow it. This feels very helpful with something is obscure or not documented well. However… Continue reading Writing Java in VSCode and Understanding What Pressing F5 Does
This year I’ve started volunteering with FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 1799 at Dakota Ridge High School which means I get to help high school students program a robot that they built! I’ve always found robots interesting and exciting. Seeing things physically move because of my code is so cool! So being able to help… Continue reading Mentoring a FIRST Robotics Team is going to be a challenge for me and I’m excited for it!
As high performing development teams we need to have individuals on our teams with high technical knowledge and individuals with high domain knowledge as well as many other factors to keep our teams performing well. However the most important thing we all need for our teams to perform their best is psychological safety. What Is Psychological… Continue reading Encouraging and Maintaining Psychological Safety in Software Development Teams
“Hey Framework! Any time this API endpoint is called and we create an object that is a SomeController that needs an IDoThingsService, create a brand new DoThingsThisWayService and use that. When the SomeController object gets destroyed, keep the IDoThingsService we created until we’re done with the API request in case something else needs it during this scope. Once we’re done with the API request, then destroy the IDoThingsService.”
Writing about technical things is hard to do well. These are some of my tips for communicating about technical things which should help whether we’re asking questions or giving answers or just providing documentation. Be VERY specific When writing about an issue, whether we’re asking a question or giving an answer, be very specific about… Continue reading Tips for Online Communication: How to Ask Good Questions and Give Good Answers
We end up needing to troubleshoot things because those things are doing something different than what was intended. This is my strategy for troubleshooting all the things, especially code. My first tip is to take notes. Write in a notebook. Type in a text document. Add comments to code that you won’t keep. Create unit tests… Continue reading How to Read Code When Troubleshooting
I’m a big fan of computers which is why I’m glad to be a Computer Scientist. I like to say that, because of my Computer Science degree, I can explain almost everything that happens from the time I press a letter key on my keyboard to the time that letter shows up on a website… Continue reading Why This Programmer Is Learning About Electricity
I want to write posts that speak to anyone interested in tech. I want to limit the effects of my bias and do my small part to make the tech industry more inclusive and welcoming. Writing code and managing technology as a profession is hard enough as it is, we should be doing everything we… Continue reading Writing Inclusive Articles