October 10, 2018
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The Role of Timing In a Job Hunt

In my last blog post , I shared with you several tips on how to make that hunt go better for you. We talked about how shifting our mindset to "seeking offers" instead of "getting a job" puts us in a position to "explore" rather than "judge". We need to explore many paths and options when trying to…
September 28, 2018
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If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen this tweet go out into the universe. I'm in the process of exploring the next part of my career and asking you all to help me do that by spreading the word. Don't think spreading the word can make a difference? It totally can. Just this past week, a…
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September 15, 2018
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Friday night, after React Rally 2018 , I led a group of intrepid devs to Beer Bar in downtown Salt Lake City for what I like to call "the unofficial after after party". Our group was quite large, so we ended up divided amongst two large tables. Our particular table only had a handful of our group…
August 21, 2018
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The events of this story took place several months ago, but let me tell you, they are as vivid to me now as they were then. It's going to sound a bit ridiculous, but I had a chance encounter with a cat that I don't think I'll forget for the rest of my life. I'm hoping you'll find the story quite…
February 05, 2018
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I am often asked to share the story of how I went from being a Christian pastor to a software engineer. Now that I've started Second Career Devs , I am being asked this question so often that I thought it wise to write it down and answer it once and for all. Where I Believe the Story Begins Unlike…
September 07, 2017
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I'm going to start this post with what will appear to be a tangent. I assure you, it's not. My wife, wonderful as she is, is not a very technical person. She is very caring, though, and will often listen to me talk about the technical things I am working on. This often means I need to use…
July 12, 2017
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Recently at an interview I was asked to write a custom component from scratch with vanilla JavaScript. I thought I'd take a few minutes to write part of that code for you. It's not as scary as it might seem at first. There are three basic parts to any DOM element: the type of element it is, any…
July 03, 2017
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A few days ago, I came across a tweet by Stephanie Hurlbut, a software engineer and entrepreneur who uses her influence to help other engineers out. Allow me to share that tweet with you: I was really intrigued by this idea and was hoping someone would rise to the occasion. As it so happens, a few…
June 24, 2017
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Occasionally I see someone ask, "What's the best way to make bar charts with React? Are there any great libraries?" I often respond with, "Why not build it with React yourself?" React's one-way data binding model is perfect for creating simple data visualizations from scratch and I want to show you…
May 18, 2017
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My most recent work project was an interesting challenge. I built an app (actually 2 Electron apps supporting 3 React apps communicating through WebSockets) that allowed a user (actually 4 simultaneous users) to look at an array of stories related to sea ports, select one, have a detail component…
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