Khalid Abuhakmeh

Parallax Avatars With jQuery

Adding motion to still photos of team members

While I write at consistently, I am also very proud of my team's blog at We are always making improvements to the layout and putting our spin on the blog. We also love other people's blogs, and while reading Shawn Wildermuth's site, I noticed his avatar was a series of images that gives the effect of . . .

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April 15, 2016

Data-Dense vs. Data-Sense

Knowing your audience, and choosing the right experience

Early in my career, I built interfaces to look cool. As I matured as a developer, I came to understand that interfaces needed to serve a purpose, and users shape that end. With the user in mind, there are two kinds of interfaces.


I design data-dense user interfaces for informed users. These users already have an . . .

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April 12, 2016

Rebugging Code

The art of slowing down and understanding

Last week, the team and I ran into two obscure bugs. The first had to do with an IoC configuration gone wild, and the second involved Entity Framework and object tracking. My first reaction in both cases was to push code that just "fixes" the issue. A quick pull request was issued for both. While code reviews moved forward, the . . .

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April 10, 2016

What Makes A Great Job?

Opinions after 10 professional years

It is annual review time, and this is the second year I'm on both the receiving and delivering end. As a team we communicate throughout the year, but this is the time where salaries, titles, and responsibilities get adjusted. My philosophy as a manager is to be transparent, and look out for my coworkers' careers. This time of year . . .

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April 03, 2016

Five Projects That Get Me Excited About IoT

As a software developer, my career's focus has always been on the virtual. In the last several years, I've seen the line between the virtual and physical world are slowly blurring. I have spent my fair share of money on electronics, bread boards, and components and I thought I would let readers know the five projects I found to be . . .

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March 27, 2016

Where Does A Developer's Responsibility Begin and End?

Breaking down barriers

Where does a developer's responsibility begin and end when it comes to managing the success of a product? This question has been nagging me for the better part of a year now, and I hope that expressing my thoughts will help cement my thoughts on that particular issue. I've been fortunate enough to work in many environments with . . .

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March 20, 2016

Work Smarter By Embracing Database Evolution

A Defense of Database Migrations

I just finished reading Rob Conery's current post, titled "JSONB and PostgreSQL: Work Faster By Ditching Migrations" and it sparked some good and bad reactions in me. I hope I can address some of the points made in Rob's post and to share my experiences. My intention is not to scream WRONG, but to start an intelligent . . .

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February 27, 2016


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