The power to say no

One of the most important things we can do is to say no. A lot of things arise in work, in life. And the hardest thing is to sometimes say no. To indicate this shouldn’t be done. To voice our objection. Not argue, just say no. Since Berlin, I have been working on adding Affordances…


Streams of messages are the way to go

I have been diligently getting all my code up to date for the release of Learning Spring Boot 2nd Edition this September. Digging into Chapter 8, WebSockets with Spring Boot, I realized I had a bigger challenge than expected. You see, I’d chatted with Rossen, the lead developer on Spring Web. In the past, his…


Learning Spring Boot requiring more tweaks to get off the ground

With things bearing down on my September due date for Learning Spring Boot 2nd Edition, I’ve gotten in gear and started hammering at the codebase. For one thing, I have strived to catch up ALL the code to Spring WebFlux, no longer using the servlet-based Spring MVC. In the process of doing that, I discovered a…


Facebook marketing ain’t what it used to be

I have recently been learning a bunch about marketing. My wife has started marketing her fourth novel. Along the way, we have also started boosting Facebook posts about the freebie opportunities. And in my quest to better understand these types of campaigns, I have stumbled into a concept called “organic reach”. That is cute language for…


The “spice” of Pre-Edits

This blog post is coming to you late because I’m neck deep in pre-edits. Since I signed a contract for Darklight, I have had a checklist of things to get done for my publisher, Clean Reads. The most exhausting: pre-edits. Pre-edits are an opportunity to clear away the proverbial brush. There are LOTS of things we…


Why do we need experts?

In this day and age, the DIY (Do It Yourself) movement is strong. The internet has made it super simple to start reading about somthing, but a few things from Amazon, and reach and get going! On one hand, that’s really good. I’ve seen countless businesses launched in this fashion. Many show up on Shark…


I signed a contract!

Something I’ve been working on for seven years now has taken a big turn. I signed a contract with Clean Reads to publish my novel, DARKLIGHT! I’m pretty stoked about this. Of course it will be lots of work. Not even sure if it’s coming out this year or next. Either way, it’s going to…


The Power of REST – Part 3

Last week in The Power of REST – Part 2, I talked about how investing effort in backward compatibility and having flexible settings, it’s possible to avoid a lot of “API versioning”, something Roy Fielding has decried. In this article, we’ll look more closely at the depth and power of hypermedia. How does the web…


Python Testing Cookbook 2nd Edition is coming!

I had totally forgotten about this, but back in February, Packt Publishing approach me about writing a 2nd Edition to Python Testing Cookbook. This is a title I wrote back in 2011, and from which I still get royalty checks! It’s not huge. In fact, it’s more symbolic than anything. I get real a warm fuzzy…


The Power of REST – Part 2

Last week, in The Power of REST – Part 1, I challenged someone’s proposal that their client-side query language could supplant the power of REST. It seemed to attack strawman arguments about REST. In this article, I wanted to delve a little more into what REST does and why it does it. Basis of REST…