Podcast Episodes

Fairy Tales Fairy tales were designed to impart life lessons along with being entertaining. Unlike today, where an extended period of adolescence is common, our forebears experienced a world that was much harsher, where the transition between childhood and adulthood occurred much more quickly and where mistakes were much more dangerous.

Evaluating Office Layouts Knowing what kinds of office environments work best for your personality type, your current task load, and the work environment can yield clues to how to fix it if work becomes unpleasant. Shared space can drive both collaboration and conflict, so it's important to know what can possibly go wrong in a given environment.

Normalize Your Database Database normalization is the process of organizing data in a relational database. The normal forms are a series of guidelines to help communicate the level of normalization a database. Even if you aren't a DBA or back end developer understanding the basics of how the relational databases are organized can provide insights into working with other developers or existing code.

Command/Query Responsibility Segregation and Event Sourcing Command/Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) creates a logical separation between operations that mutate data and operations that merely retrieve it. In addition, Event Sourcing can help your application collect data that may not be considered valuable at the time of design but may be very valuable later.

Differentiate Yourself When going for a new job you want to set yourself aside from all of the other applicants and be memorable. Setting yourself apart from the rest of the applicants gives you a better chance of getting the job.

Domain Driven Design The principles of domain driven design (DDD) make sense, but a lot of the documentation around it is not very helpful for getting your head around the ideas. Domain driven development is primarily about building and designing your applications to be focused on the business needs of your client.

7 Habits To Prevent Burnout Burnout can be insidious, slowly creeping into your work and life without you even knowing it. A lot of times to correct it you'll have to have both personal and organizational changes. These habits are things you can do for yourself to prevent burnout from ruining your life and career.

Beautify Your Story With CSS Many web developers avoid Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) as much as possible and the lucky ones have standards that once set no longer have to worry about. Some developers even have trouble understanding the difference between an id and a class and how to appropriately use them.

Morbidity And Mortality In medicine the idea of a Morbidity and Mortality conference is to look back on a case after the fact, when the emotions around it have died down some. The Sprint Retrospective provides the team a way to inspect their process and look for ways to improve.

Continuous Self Improvement When trying to better yourself in some way, it can be tempting to pick up a book on the subject and start making changes, but that is neither a sustainable, nor effective way to go about it. Instead, you need to structure things so that you can be successful from the outset, even with the inadequacy of the average self-help book.