On delays

I’ve discussed the transition over to a static-site generator before. Yes, I’m still planning on doing this. Yes, it’s been a long time coming. So I’m setting a deadline for myself: the next post on this blog will be with the new setup. It probably won’t have all the pieces in place re: design and other related-site plans, but I’ve got to start somewhere. More tk.

On interruption-driven development

As the sole developer at work, I have to balance our “ask me anything, anytime” culture with a need for unbroken concentration on whatever code I’m writing. I’m generally fine with a door-always-open policy like this, because it makes communication fast and easy—especially in a small team, where everyone wears several hats—but as projects get closer to a deadline, it does tend to put a bit of strain on my ability to get things done.

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On streaks

This is the 17th post made to this blog since the beginning of 2016. That means that I’ve posted something every Friday since the start of the year. Yesterday, I suggested that I might not be posting anything today. I’ve been feeling a bit tired lately as deadlines loom for work projects, so personal side-projects tend to slip a bit. But, dammit, the idea of not breaking a streak—especially four months in—really does work as a motivator to keep things going.

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On getting there

A short post today, based on a realization I had earlier this week at CocoaHeads. Like many, I often suffer from impostor syndrome. It hits when I’m tackling something new that I thought built on previous knowledge, leaving me feeling a bit bewildered, and undermining my confidence in having mastered lesser matters. Usually, I take a walk and come back to the problem with a clearer head, and will work my way through it.

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On subscription software

On Tuesday of this week, Smile Software announced that their TextExpander software would be switching to a subscription model. As a longtime user and big fan of TextExpander, I have some thoughts on this change. Another bit of software that I’m a huge fan of, YNAB, made a similar switch at the end of 2015—no more desktop apps sold with traditional licenses, but rather a new web app with a yearly subscription.

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On sweating the small stuff

When I hear ship it, or we’ll fix it in post”, I get that the intended sentiment is that perfect is the enemy of done. But too often, this translates to I’m okay with shipping garbage. There’s a delicate balance to be struck between doing it quickly vs. doing it well, sure, but if you’re having a hard time getting there, then maybe you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.

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On iterative learning

Earlier this week, I had a chance to talk out my approach to learning new things in the context of Cocoa development. I’ve always found that I learn best when I get to use it in anger, but when it comes to something as big and sprawling as the Cocoa framework, there’s a lot of stuff to learn. Given that I do the vast majority of my development solo, I’ve found that the best way to approach this is to break the framework down into manageable chunks, write a little project based around that chunk, and then ship it.

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On roadmaps for sitemaps

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m looking into re-working things a little bit for some of my “online presence”. Right now my personal site is just a static landing page. It’s generated by Hugo and links to other things (this blog, my Tumblr, GitLab/GitHub, Twitter, &cet.)—and I think it’s time to start consolidating some of that. This blog will be moving to a static-site generator soon, too (again, Hugo). The domain and all links will remain active, but I’d like it to also live under a /blog directory on my personal site.

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On writing for GitLab

Yesterday, an article I wrote on setting up GitLab CI for your iOS projects was posted on the GitLab blog. Now, I’m a relative newcomer to continuous integration, but I know that it’s valuable. And I also know that GitLab’s feature is free, regardless of whether your project is public or private. I also know that the best way to learn something is to show someone else how to do it—so I launched BBEdit and took notes as I worked my way through the setup, with the intention of posting something here about my experiences.

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On this week's hiatus

While I don’t have much to post here this week, I have been writing a technical article over the last couple of weeks. The final draft was submitted yesterday and, barring any unexpected changes or delays, it should be published next week. It’s been an interesting experience, and I intend on discussing it for next week’s instalment. Until then, I’m trying to post fun little items and interesting links to Break Before Make more often, so feel free check check that out.

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Angelo Stavrow

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Tinkerer with a strong interest for development, of both the personal and software persuasion; easily defeated with spatulas. Equal measures enthusiasm and concern for tech's effect on the world. He/him.