2019-05-22: Embracing Change as an Organization
2015-12-18: Abstraction, or, The Gift of Our Weak Brains
2021-11-09: Put That Test Down, You Don't Know Where It's Been (Video)
One afternoon in early 2021, a 14-year-old test in Rails started failing. Nobody understood why. This 12 minute video will amuse and/or annoy you with a mystery that spans decades and tech stacks. (Presented at RubyConf 2021)
Part two, a bit broader look at C extensions in Ruby, including an explanation of why Nokogiri chose to start precompiling native packages. (Presented at RubyConf 2021)
A deep look at the techniques and toolchain used to ship native (precompiled) versions of Nokogiri and other rubygems with C extensions. (Presented at RubyKaigi 2021)
2018-02-21: Cloud Foundry Overview (Podcast)
In an interview published on the Software Engineering Daily podcast, I talk about Cloud Foundry, Pivotal, and a potpourri of other topics.
2017-05-24: Ruby Values (Article)
2015-05-28: why you're in the right place at the right time (Presentation)
2014-10-10: Agile Inceptions 101 (Presentation)
The history of a ✌successful✌ OSS project, along with humorous stories and lessons learned. This talk, given multiple times, is presented here in its final version from GoGaRuCo 2013.
2016-03-20: Making a Useful C++ Buildpack
In which I smash together C++ and the cloud native vision of "here is my source code / run it on the cloud for me / i do not care how"
2010-03-09: Stupid XML Tricks