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    Managing Polylingual Side Projects

    July 19, 2020 engineering Chris Saylor
    Like many engineers, I have a life-long passion for learning. I satiate this need by creating side projects that explore new concepts, languages, and tools. Some of my side projects have been successful and used by a wide audience. Of course, like many others, I also have a big list of incomplete and abandoned projects. Each project may require it’s own services and other software dependencies, which over time becomes quite hard to maintain on a server. Continue reading

    Ruminate More

    June 30, 2020 engineering Chris Saylor
    Do you remember back to your school days of writing a paper, giving it a once over, and turning it in only to be surprised on return of bad editing marks? After all, I reviewed it; how did I miss so many mistakes? When we start actively writing, our brains devote more processing resources to higher-order thinking. In other words, the brain filters out low-level mundane items like spelling and grammar in favor of conveying meaning. Continue reading

    Learning to Be a Tech Lead

    April 25, 2019 engineering Chris Saylor

    For most of my career, I’ve been an individual contributor: focused on the tasks at hand, writing code, among other things. All of that changed about six years ago. I found myself managing products, releases, infrastructure, and making many software decisions. As a result, I was promoted to “Lead Software Engineer.” Other developers were looking to me for answers, and I was involved with high-level decisions for products and features, so it seemed like a natural progression. However, I was ill-prepared for what it takes to be a lead engineer.

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