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Should I start a company or work for one?

My blog post on O’Reilly Radar: Should I start a company or work for one?

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A Crash Course on Design for Developers

This is a talk I gave at TechHub Riga that introduces the basic tools of user-centered and visual design. It’s targeted at developers and any other design newbies...

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Design Comments

Introducing Atomic Squirrel and The Startup Checklist

Update: Atomic Squirrel has merged with Phoenix DevOps into a new company called Gruntwork! Check out the Introducing Gruntwork blog post for more info!

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From California to Italy

In one week, my girlfriend and I will be leaving California. We’ve sold just about everything we own. Our remaining earthly possessions fit into the back of my Co...

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Travel, Home Comments

Ping-Play: Big Pipe Streaming for the Play Framework

I’ve just open sourced a library called ping-play which brings BigPipe streaming to the Play Framework. It includes tools for a) splitting your pages up into sma...

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Play, Open Source Comments

Moving to Italy: Our Digital Garage Sale

This summer, my girlfriend and I are moving to Florence, Italy. It’s exciting. It’s scary. It’s insane. And it’s going to take a lot of work.

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Home, Travel Comments

A productive development environment with Docker on OS X

In this post, I'm going to explain why the way most programmers install, configure, and manage software in development, testing, and production environments is a ...

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A Guide to Hiring for your Startup

On April 30, 2015, I gave a talk called "A Guide to Hiring for your Startup", where I discussed what to look for in a candidates, where to find them, how to inter...

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Startups Comments

Migrating from Blogger to GitHub Pages and launching the new ybrikman.com

Around 2007, I created my home page on a free PHP host and a blog on Blogger. The two websites have served me well for nearly 8 years, but they were long past du...

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Writing, HowTo Comments

The Competent Programmer

In literature, The Competent (Wo)man is a character who exhibits a very wide range of abilities and knowledge. The idea is similar to a Polymath or a Renaissanc...

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