I was invited to give an overview of my my career path – going from a Mechanical Engineering to desktop support, to development, specifically Ruby on Rails. It also touches on my contributions to open source projects like Sidekiq and Sucker Punch.
I was invited to record an episode of the Rotated Views Podcast to discuss my career path, outside interests, and software development.
In 2016, I was invited to record an episode of The Ruby Rogues podcast to discuss Build a Ruby Gem. Additional topics included: the process for getting started writing a gem, breaking gems up for microservice systems, what it takes to publish a Ruby gem, and good practices around releasing open source software.
In 2016, Bark was chosen to pitch at Techcrunch Disrupt NYC where we were chosen as finalists. Bark’s subscription service saves parents time by continuously scanning children’s online messages to detect cyberbullying, sexting and signs of depression or suicidal thoughts.
In 2015, I spoke at RubyConf Brazil exploring how PipelineDeals moved from an 8 year-old monolithic Rails application to a microservice-based architecture with over 2 years. It touches on inter-service communication, building for resiliency, leveraging tools we already know and love, and deciding which parts of the application are worthy of separation.
In 2015, I spoke at Philly.rb detailing how PipelineDeals migrated to a microservices architecture using a custom message bus without introducing new technology. This solution continues to powers PipelineDeals through its growth.
In 2014, I spoke to a group of General Assembly students and graduates about the importance of Open Source Software to the programming community and how to get start making your first contribution.
In 2014, I built Funnel Optimizer to help manage CTAs on a marketing site. The core idea being, when a repeat user comes to a page with a CTA they’ve already interacted with, there’s no reason to show the same opt-in form again. Funnel Optimizer allows you to show the repeat visitor a different offer based on how they’ve previously interacted with your site.
In 2014, I wrote a book, Build a Ruby Gem. This talk was given after the launch of the book exploring why I wrote the book, what’s included and details about the launch.
In 2014, I wrote a book, Build a Ruby Gem. This talk was given in March 2014 and covers the basics of getting started contributing to open source and how to build a Ruby gem from scratch.
In 2010, I helped build Meeteor, which was a social networking application that helped connect you with people that didn’t, but should. We used MongoDB as our primary datastore. This talk explored some of the benefits we recevied along with the change in mindset when developing a relational application that includes non-relational data.