My brain feels fried after a week of intense kick-offs for the new quarter, but it’s been a largely good and productive fortnight since the last note.
Week before last was Firebreak, which was sweet, I chipped in with some other groups’ projects, such as moving jobs from an old Jenkins instance to our more modern Concourse CI setup.
Most of my time was spent figuring out how we can gradually pull one of our private code-bases into the open. Some repos are private for entirely legitimate reasons, but “closed-source-ness” is viral - it’s hard work auditing history to pull stuff out than just leaving it closed.
I have a reckon that most private code-bases are principally composed of code that could be public, with the remnant being ‘secret sauce’.
It feels like I’m getting into the swing of things. It’s been just over 6 weeks since I started at GDS, and being present for the start of the quarter makes a huge difference. Our team is seriously multi-disciplinary this quarter, and we’ve got some fun discovery work coming up. I’m looking forward to what I can learn from my new team-mates.
I super enjoy refactoring - I find it really easy to get into flow when I’m slowly and methodically gardening some code. I catch myself practicing “pseudo-TCR” when I do my refactorings, running the tests after each modification and trying to make the changes as small as possible.
I went to Extreme Tuesday Club for a session run by Benji on why developers reject extreme programming practices and techniques. Super interesting discussion, and reminded me of conversations we had in Shift about trying to enact change. I tried to make the point that a lot of people push back for personal reasons, not technical ones, and very often the “facts don’t matter”.
This inspired me to put forward an idea for the next session at XTC (next Tuesday!) on Mental Health in Software Development which I was lucky to have both pitched and had voted the winner. I’m nervous and excited about this session - I’ve started trying to use my platform (Twitter, tech) to start conversations about topics like mental health in our space, and I’m grateful for this opportunity.
I have so many ideas for things I want to build during personal time, but my brain is mostly swiss-cheese by the time I get home. I need to set myself a bit of time at the weekends to get in the zone a bit more, so I’ve ordered myself a proper desk to put in the spare room - I love my living room, but it’s just not the environment I can properly get my head down in.
- I finally moved my tomato plants from their pots into a larger container. Once they’ve grown up big and strong, I’ll get some cane for them to grow around. Can’t wait to taste those fresh summer tomatoes! I also discovered that I love the smell of compost, it reminds me of my parents’ garden back home.
- Limmy plays American Truck Simulator
- Stranger Things
- How Dark deploys code in 50ms
- The British Banking Dynasty That’s Even Older Than the Rothschilds