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.
Strengths and Behaviors

Strengths and Behaviors

Understanding your strengths and behaviors can help you be more effective in your career and personal life. We are naturally good at certain things and we work better with some people better than others. I think it’s important to not only understand yourself but the team you work with as well. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Based on the conceptual theories of Carl Jung, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers published the first version of the MBTI in 1944.
Flyway, Gradle, Oracle JDBC

Flyway, Gradle, Oracle JDBC

I’m writing this blog post to hopefully help out some poor soul who is trying to automate their Oracle database deployments using the Flyway plugin for Gradle. This was kind of a pain to accomplish because at the time of this post the documentation was scattered about and difficult to piece together. Let’s take care of that. </rant> Assumptions You’ve created new projects in IntelliJ Idea before. You’re somewhat familiar with how Gradle builds work.