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22 September 2019

A factory in perspective There are two modern perspectives on factories. On one hand, there's a view that the factory is a paragon of efficiency, process management, and virtue. It's a black box and transmutation circle — you throw raw materials in one end and get a polished, finished product out…

11 September 2019

Staring out of the abyss You know how sometimes you have these ideas just surging through your brain? And you wish there was this Willy-Wonkian dream machine you could shove your head into, to show the world your thoughts; raw, unfiltered, and perfect? Or you know how sometimes you're devoid of any…

09 November 2018

Integers Are Nice It’s been a while since I’ve had to worry about types and their nuances. JavaScript has been at the core of my stack for the past couple years now. Between Node and Vue (and wanting to dabble in ReasonML on the side), I’m immersed in the JS landscape. I never imagined that a…

04 November 2018

Why Build Software? If you would've asked me that question at the beginning of my software journey, I'd probably have said something about wanting to create cool new things, or solve difficult problems; essentially, it was about being at the forefront of technology. Those ideas and wants still hold…

22 October 2018

"Ideal" development isn't ideal Let me clarify; writing code and developing software under ideal conditions is nice. When everything aligns and a project goes off without a hitch, I'm spoiled. When everything goes as expected, I can take a step back. I can plan my code and be meticulous. This…

19 August 2018

I don't usually do this Pubicly self-reflect that is. I usually write about tech stuff and programming. It's what I do; it's easy enough to pump out, and it's compact and digestible on the web. It looks good on a resume and it makes me look like a pseudo-intellectual. Writing about programming doesn…

29 May 2018

Frontend programming is hard Frontend programming is difficult to do rigorously. It's too easy to cobble together some frontend code that kinda works. Crafting a good user experience with a coherent UI is a craft and a science. And to be honest, a good UX/UI usually makes or breaks a product. The…

08 February 2018

This is a loaded question; it hounds me in times of self-doubt. It's often followed by the question, "am I a good engineer?". Honestly, I already grapple with the concept and definition of the word "good". To deconstruct what it could mean to be a "good engineer" is beyond me. I like to sit and…

31 January 2018

I Dig Node I remember when I was a fledgling programmer and Node was something I had just learned about; I remember thinking "Server side Javascript? That sounds like the worst thing ever". After tinkering with it and working with it professionally for about a year, I had a change of heart. Node…

26 December 2017

Principles and Patterns (I wax lyrically a bit about software design; if you just want the code click here) My Principles and Patterns of Software Design class (what a mouthful) was one of the most important classes I took during my time at UVU. Most of the subject matter was based off of a modified…

16 October 2017

C++ is weird Some people love it and others would rather remove their fingernails with pliers than program in it. I find myself falling in both camps; sometimes at the same time. I have an inkling that my software engineering journey has a lot to do with my feelings towards it. C++ is my…

05 October 2017

Fall is here The weather is getting cooler; leaves are changing color, the wind is picking up, and people are cracking jokes about pumpkin spice lattes left and right. October is here, and with it, Hacktoberfest If you don't know what that is, here is a short snippet from the official…

15 September 2017

Click me if you wanna get right to testing It is now 2017 Happy belated new year. Its been about nine months now. Change is constant and inevitable. In this year alone I have: Gotten a new and exciting job, Bought a beautiful dream home, and Began wrapping up my last year of college Several big and…

27 December 2016

It's been quite a year Turns out when school is in session, I'm not the best at keeping this thing updated; my apologies. I feel like that's okay though. I may not be great at keeping on top of this, but I still have a vested interest in maintaining this blog -- at least, when I have some free time…

29 June 2016

Whoa, hey It's been a while right? I barely recognize you (or myself). It's been about four months now with nary an update or peep out of me. Not really good attendance. To be honest, I feel a bit guilty. Not too guilty mind you -- just a bit. Life has been more unexpected than I expected. Things…

22 February 2016

What to do One of the biggest issues I face when I get a new project-computer or toy is the dilemma of picking what to do with it. The computer itself is a blank slate; truly a paragon of hope, and possibility. It gets to the point where I get overwhelmed with all the choices I have. There are quite…

04 February 2016

Free and Open Source Software Open source software is quickly becoming a necessary staple and cornerstone to software development itself and the advancement thereof. A recent(ish) study conducted by Black Duck Software (OSS logistics and legal problem solver) and North Bridge (venture capitalists…

20 January 2016

Python's Such a Pretty Language Revisiting old Python code is always such a treat. Its easy to see what was going on and what the code is actually doing. It is so simple to trace and read, rarely do I ever ask myself What idiot wrote this? Only to later find out through a commit or comment that I…

14 January 2016

Reflections on the past few weeks For the past few weeks I have been immersing myself deeply in the essential core of my 5 classes and studying diligently day and night. Was that convincing enough? I hope so. Its what I keep telling myself that I'm doing. In reality I've been panicking, mentally…

07 January 2016

And so, with barely a chance to anticipate and prepare for it, the new year is upon us. Entering a new year has always been a reflective process for me; Usually I'm filled with equal parts determination and excitement punctuated with a hint of personal, not self-loathing, maybe self-disappointment…

29 December 2015

First posts deserve a look at my first projects, at least, that's the line of thinking and reasoning that has been bouncing around my head for a bit. I shall declare this my First Case Study. The first class that had me cobble together an interactive, non-console, and non-trivial project was my web…

23 December 2015

Hey! The name's Erick. This is my initial foray into using Pelican as a way to manage a 'blog'. I've always intended to start one up but never quite committed. I've built my own pseudo-blog in Django, I've dabbled with Ghost, and I have extensive experience using Wordpress to build sites for others…

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