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    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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    Meta: How this blog is built and deployed

    April 11, 2019 engineering Chris Saylor
    It is an unspoken rule that if you utilize something other than Wordpress for a blog that you must include an article on how it is built. This is that article. I’ve gone through several renditions of this site over the years starting with a custom PHP site, moving to Wordpress, Jekyll (Github pages), raw HTML, Medium, and finally what it is today: Hugo. With the history enumerated, you might be wondering, why expend the effort on changing technologies for a blog? Continue reading

    Building a Chess bot for Slack

    August 23, 2018 engineering Chris Saylor
    With Atlassian’s announcement suspending development of Stride and dropping support for Hipchat in favor of Slack, I decided that the time was right to learn and experiment with Slack integrations. Any time I take on learning some new technology, I always make a project that utilizes much of the features of that technology. The project needs to be small enough that I can complete it relatively quickly, but deep enough to flex the technology I am learning. Continue reading
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