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How @ATT almost conned me into buying fiber internet at my house

Last week, a salesman knocked on my door from AT&T. Ready to shoo him away, as I had done for the past four years since moving in, he indicated he was here to sell AT&T Fiber. “What?” The only salesmen I’d seen to this point were hawking AT&T DSL or as they rebranded it, AT&T…


Why every press needs a code monkey

It’s not secret that I’m writing a novel. (If you HAVEN’T heard this, then I’m just not communicating very well!) It’s scheduled for release in March with a relatively small press called Clean Reads. And its owner wears many hats. An author herself, the owner of Clean Reads is also an editor, content manager, graphic…


Learning Spring Boot – 2nd Edition Rewrite is complete

I have finished updating every chapter of this book to the Reactor-based paradigm. And boy did it take a lot! In case you missed it, when I embarked upon writing this book for Packt Publishing, I decided to start from scratch. The previous edition, as much as I enjoyed it, wasn’t bold enough. This time,…


OOP is dead, long live OOP

Raise your hand if you remember the golden hammer of Object Oriented Programming. You know, where you only have to code something once and then reuse it in all your subclasses? Remember those days? Maybe this is what they still teach in dusty lecture halls amidst today’s Computer Science departments. But if you have spent…


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…