Learn how to create a reusable report generation system using the template design pattern

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Reports. It’s often one of the first features developers are asked to build by the business. Once someone has data, what do they want to do with it?

That’s right — view it.

Engineers have problems with reports

Many engineers approach reports in a use-case particular way.

They’ll get a requirement such as “create a…

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A look back on my adventure as an amateur Medium blogger — wins, bumps along the way, and lessons learned.

I’m an amateur blogger and a professional software engineer.

I initially started blogging on my personal website to collect my thoughts and build up an “online” presence. The standard advice given to new engineers was “start a blog so people know you’re passionate”. I wanted them to know.

The only…

From compiler issues to Rube Goldberg machines, engineering is sometimes not as scientific as you’d like to believe

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Software is complex, and in many cases, complicated. Even simple systems can have a lot of moving parts that interact with each other in mysterious, unintended ways.

If you’re lucky, these interactions don’t cause serious issues.

If you’re unlucky, they do and you get a bunch of errors.

If you’re…

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Startups develop rapidly by applying different kinds of shortcuts — learn what they are and know when to take them yourself.

Startups survive because of their agility and speed — their ability to pivot and move quickly. They measure their execution tempo in hours, days, and weeks. This allows them to maneuver around larger lumbering organizations that operate in tempos of months, quarters, and even years.

In environments like this, speed…

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Learn how to read your employment contract and how to protect yourself and avoid getting locked into a bad situation.

First off — I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. I may be wrong in any of this. Use this for entertainment purposes only, and get an actual lawyer if you need one.

Over my career as a software engineer, I’ve signed a handful of employment…

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Learn why popular programming mantras like YAGNI, DRY, and KISS can be as destructive as they are seductive.

Software development is full of mantras that are chanted by developers of all levels as prima facie evidence that justifies and proves the rationality of their decisions.

Who amongst us hasn’t heard people or told people to YAGNI, DRY, or KISS? They’re popular mantras because, when followed properly, they work…

Management is an entirely different skillset from being an individual contributor — avoid these costly first-mistakes.

I’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot of first-time managers take up the responsibility of managing their teams for the first time. Almost like clockwork, they generally fall into a series of common traps and early mistakes. The good ones learn from them — the bad ones repeat them.

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Learn a lightweight hiring process to help you quickly hire great engineers with as little overhead as possible

I was once the Director of Engineering at a startup that was always busy, busy, busy! We had people to help, processes to fix, and product to ship. Every day was a fire or pivot.

Strategically we had some key skills gaps that I needed to close, fast. I knew…

Wrangle the chaos of startup life through the implementation of lightweight, efficient processes.

Process is an afterthought for many tech startups and an intake process is often the last thing on leadership’s minds.

After all, they haven’t needed it so far. In the day-to-day chaos, things have happened and progress was made just fine without any formal process.

They may even have started…

Joseph Gefroh

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