This is the end of an era. I feel compelled to follow up my Two Year Retrospective with a more thorough, if sentimental and distant recounting of my relationship with Dev Bootcamp I remember the exact moment I decided I was going to learn to code. One day I was screwing off at my desk while […]

PostgreSQL, Unit Testing April 6, 2016 jess No comments

Speed up your (postgres) unit tests with one weird trick!

My coworker was lamenting to her database administrator friend about our slow-as-tar unit tests. They unearthed a postgres setting that halved our Jenkins build time when disabled. This was the single biggest performance boost to our unit tests after several attempts at optimization. fsync fsync is a PostgreSQL configuration setting that helps with reliability and disaster recovery. It’s […]

Blogging December 28, 2015 jess 2 comments

Working up the will to blog

I wrote a few Tumblr posts when I first started Dev Bootcamp. Documenting how the experience affected me and the things I learned was exciting at first. However, I gave up the practice when the tedium of daily life took over the initial excitement. Now, over a year and a half later, I wish I had […]

Git December 26, 2015 jess No comments

My favorite underutilized git option

We all strive for clean, single purpose commits with meaningful messages. This can be difficult in practice if you’ve done a lot of debugging since your last commit. Many people I know use git commit -A or git commit . when developing and maintaining features. This is fine when making small changes, but I don’t […]