What's Important to Me as a Technologist

What's Important to Me as a Technologist

In one word: culture. I recently had a vacation and it gave me some time to reflect on what I find is important to me as a technologist. I’ve narrowed it down to two main categories however when i think about the overarching picture only one thing stood out to me. Interestingly as I thought my way through this, specific technologies or languages never seemed to surface. All the proper nouns that you see on a job description (i.
Checking HTTP Request/Response in PowerShell

Checking HTTP Request/Response in PowerShell

This is as much for my reference as it may be yours, but here is a quick PowerShell script to check a HTTP request/response. # Create the request $HTTP_Request = [System.Net.WebRequest]::Create('http://www.google.com') # Get the response $HTTP_Response = $HTTP_Request.GetResponse() # Get the HTTP as a interger $HTTP_Status = [int]$HTTP_Response.StatusCode If ($HTTP_Status -eq 200) { Write-Host "Site is OK!" } Else { Write-Host "The Site may be down, please check!" } # Clean up and close the request.
There, Here, and Where I'm Going: A Software Developer's Tale

There, Here, and Where I'm Going: A Software Developer's Tale

Today was my last day at Radio Systems Corporation. The decision to leave did not come over night and it wasn’t easy to make. I started my career fresh out of college as a Software Engineer in 2011 with Health Care Service Corporation in Chicago, IL. I spent two years with HCSC working on high-volume transaction processing which were COBOL programs converted to asynchronous Java programs spend across several machines. As far as the technicalities of these programs I don’t remember much, but what I do remember are the people I worked with.
2017: Postmortem

2017: Postmortem

First Things First 2017 was a great year for me personally and professionally. At work, I migrated from the Enterprise Resource Planning team to the Software Development team. I attended a couple conferences here in the Southeast. I participated in 3 game jams and several other projects through the year. I’d like to take some time now to reflect on this year’s journey and start thinking about the roadmap for 2018.
Postmortem: Ludum Dare 40

Postmortem: Ludum Dare 40

Check out my game on ldjam.com! Recently, I participated in Ludum Dare 49, a global game jam in which thousands of participants come together to pair up or fly solo to create a game from scratch. There are two different modes you can decide from: the compo (48 hours, solo) or the jam (72 hours, solo/team). For LD 40, I ended up working by myself mostly. Weeks Before LD40 The weeks leading up LD40 the plan was to work with a couple other guys but everyone couldn’t get time off work.