• 24 Mar 2014

    My Spring Speaking Schedule

    Spring is in there air (well, intermittently here in the Pacific Norhwest), and that means - the spring conference season is shaping up. With three kids at home who are all 6 years old and under, I’m still trying to keep my travel under control. However, I will be venturing out a bit, so here’s where I’ll be over the next couple of months. If you’re in the area, I would love to catch up - so let me know!

  • 24 Mar 2014

    Surprise! JavaScript Guard Clauses

    I spent more time then I had planned this weekend debugging an issue in some code I wrote, and at the end of it all, discovered a JavaScript language feature that I had read about a while ago but never used (intentionally, that is). To explain, consider the following predicate function definition (and yes, I know that Underscore has this function - my specific case would have brought in some additional concepts, so I’m simplfying here).

  • 03 Feb 2014

    Open Office Layouts, De-personalization, and Mobility

    Today opens a new chapter in my experience at Microsoft - my team (and larger group) has made the move from the Microsoft-traditional individual offices to the open office layout (team rooms, more specifically). Now, before I come off as negative, I’ll enumerate some of the things that I really like about the new layout.