My Interview with Blizzard...during a blizzard
Five years ago, I worked at a credit union CUSO. It is safe to say it was one of the worst places I've worked. During this time, I applied for many positions at other organizations, one of those being Blizzard. It was a long shot, and a novelty submission. I could tell my friends I applied to Blizzard, and if they didn't call me back . . .
Being cool isn't the point
When I started my career as a software developer, I was enthralled with the hollywood notion of a programmer. A shadowy figure in a dark room, only made visible by the light irradiated from their monitor. The barrage of clicks piercing the silence as they typed feverishly to finish their masterpiece; project Thor's Hammer, Hydra, . . .
Working around the file system
Integration tests are a touchy subject with many developers. Some will argue against them to the death, while other developers depend on them entirely too much. I feel a good test suite has a balance of both unit and integration tests. Integration tests depend on an external resource, in my case, it is normally a file on disk.
I run NCrunch . . .
The flailing of a WebAPI noob
We are currently in the process of writing a new API using WebAPI. We are also writing a documentation framework called Descriptor. This library allows any developer to describe a chunk of code using a fluent interface, and then later take those descriptions and run them through a formatter. This is to help generate a helpful home endpoint . . .
The dumbest feature of Yosemite
The widgets dashboard has to be the dumbest feature of Mac OS X. I use the magic mouse and gesture between virtual desktops, and swiping right one too many times leaves me staring at this useless and dated mess of widgets.
To disable this feature, perform the following directions:
- Open up System Preferences...
- Click Mission Control
- Select Off . . .
I was working with Justin Rusbatch today on a really awesome piece of code to be seen in a later blog post, but we ran into an interesting problem. We needed to know whether an IQueryable was already ordered or if it was not. After going through many iterations, Justin found the gem known as an ExpressionVisitor.
This class is designed to be . . .
I would describe my personality as a "half-glass empty dreamer". What the heck is that? It means not being content with what has already been done, and constantly pushing myself and others to be better. During that push to be better, a lot of criticism is thrown around. I criticize code, actions, process, behavior, and anything else . . .