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management

Running Effective and Efficient Meetings

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I spend a lot of time at work in meetings. I regularly think about having effective and efficient meetings and here’s a list of things that I think are impor...

Let’s Get Rid Of Performance Rating Scales

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Several weeks ago I wrapped up conducting employee performance reviews for the 2020 calendar year and it’s the first time that I can remember in my career wh...

My Role As “Clarity Provider”

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Over the last several months I’ve become increasingly convinced that one of my most important responsibilities as an engineering manager is to provide clarit...

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interviewing & hiring

Interview Process Takeaways

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In the last several weeks I’ve had the opportunity to speak with numerous companies as a job candidate. While the experience is still fresh in my mind, I tho...

Hello Is A Poor Greeting

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I’ve done what I think is an insane amount of phone screens since December (well over 100) and in the last few weeks there’s something I’ve been noticing whe...

Hiring Is Tiring

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Yep, hiring is tiring. Very much so.

Simple Interview And Phone Screen Tips

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I’ve been busy doing a lot of phone screens and interviews as of late. Actually, I’ve been doing a lot of interviewing during my time at Cappex. Since join...

A Memorable Phone Screen

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A few days ago, I phone screened a QA Manager candidate that ended up being extremely memorable. It went something like this:

I Am Not Going To Pay You To See Your Portfolio

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Earlier today, I had a web design candidate who informed us that he would be able to provide us with an up-to-date portfolio of his design work for a flat fe...

Job Search Tips From Personal Experience

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Earlier this year I decided that it’s time for me to look for another opportunity outside the company. The company executives decided on being acquired by O...

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music

My First Album Is Now Available For Purchase

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My first album Acoustic Worship is now available for purchase on CDBaby.com! Recording an album is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time and I’m g...

Making The Most Out Of Band Rehearsals

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Band rehearsals–some love ‘em, some hate ‘em, but there’s no denying that they are very much necessary, even for bands that are comprised of phenomenal music...

New Recording - Gone From The Portrait

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Over the weekend I started re-recording a song which I had written a few years back. Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitars, bass, keyboards, drums-via-k...

New Music - Lullaby (Instrumental)

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After lunch @ Sweet Tomatoes with some friends I came back home and took a much needed nice, (too) long nap. Fast forward a few hours and it was around 11: ...

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programming

My Thoughts On Commenting In Code

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A skill that is often overlooked amongst developers and development managers is the ability to write good comments in code, which is understandable I suppose...

Teaching My Wife How To Code

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My wife recently decided that she wants to learn how to code and of course, I’ve volunteered to be her teacher. She has absolutely no experience with progra...

Writing Good Software Simple Reminders To Self

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One of the main purposes for keeping this blog is for me to think through and reflect upon things and to remind myself of the lessons that I’m learning. I k...

If You Write Code Write Tests

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So… I’m scrounging around the internet looking for some TDD-related tidbits and I came across the following at www.artima.com.

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java

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cappex

Thankful

3 minute read

I started 2017 with a ton of excitement over the opportunity to build Cappex’s very own college application product. I knew it was going to be an extremely c...

New Product Launch And Life Afterwards

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A very large chunk of my life from the very beginning of this year until the end of July was focused on launching a new college application product. Thanks t...

No More Taking Work Home

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It’s been about 6 weeks since I started working at cappex.com and while I’ve been really enjoying the work, I’ve also been guilty of bringing work home. I’v...

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ruby

Setting Up A 301 Redirect In Ruby On Rails

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I saw in Google Analytics that I’ve been getting a lot of hits on junhopark.com/index.php, which isn’t a valid page. I decided that it’d be best to set up a...

Hello Ruby On Rails Postmarkdown

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Decided to ditch PHP + WordPress + Lithium Hosting for Ruby on Rails + Postmarkdown + Heroku.

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heroku

Hello Ruby On Rails Postmarkdown

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Decided to ditch PHP + WordPress + Lithium Hosting for Ruby on Rails + Postmarkdown + Heroku.

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travel

Pictures From Turks and Caicos

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Here are some pictures I took while I was in Turks and Caicos earlier this month with my wife.

Taking A Breather In San Francisco

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I arrived in San Francisco last night with Jenny and a friend of ours at around 10:30 local time to attend Jenny’s friend’s wedding which takes place later t...

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android

Why Android Sucks

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Android sucks. At least my experience of it has. Now, I’m NOT saying that Android-sucks-therefore-Apple-is-way-better. All I’m saying is that I’ve had 3 A...

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git

Merging Codebases In Git

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A couple of weeks ago, I had to merge one codebase into another codebase and after a lot of searching for solutions on the web, I came across a solution that...

Moving From Subversion To Git

1 minute read

Last Thursday, my team made a successful transition from Subversion to Git. Here are some thoughts after having been on Git as a team for about a week now:

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gratitude

Thankful

3 minute read

I started 2017 with a ton of excitement over the opportunity to build Cappex’s very own college application product. I knew it was going to be an extremely c...

Be Thankful

3 minute read

Last 2 weeks at work have been rough. This most recent sprint as well as the release ended up being much more difficult than what my team is normally used t...

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mac

My Disappointment With The New Macbook Pro

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When I started at Braintree I was given a new 2017 15” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s a really nice laptop overall and I don’t mean to sound ungrateful… bu...

Replacing SSD in MacBook Air (13” mid-2012)

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I was running low on my 13” mid-2012 MacBook Air’s SSD, which had me pretty concerned. Thankfully I recently discovered that the SSD inside this thing is re...

Resolving Dns Issue On Mac Os X Yosemite

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I upgraded both my MacBook Air and MacBook Pro to Yosemite over the weekend and I saw that both my laptops were unable to connect to internal systems at the ...

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google sheet

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church

Lessons Learned While At Lakeview Church

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This coming Sunday will be my last Sunday at Lakeview Church. I’ve been a part of this church since summer of 2006 and I’ve been blessed to experience such ...

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testing

Lessons Learned From Being In The Shoes Of QA

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At work we have a huge product release coming up very soon. There are a lot of new features to the application, which means that there has been a ton of cha...

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ux

Excellent Book On Web Usability

1 minute read

One of the things I’ve been enjoying about work since I made the switch last November is being able to get my hands dirty with front-end web development and ...

User Interface Design 090

7 minute read

Do you remember how in college there were classes that were actually below 100-level? The classes that some folks were required to take but they didn’t coun...

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career

10 Lessons From 10 Companies In 19 Years

11 minute read

Since landing my first programming job when I was a junior in high school until now, I recently realized that I’ve now worked at 10 different companies, incl...

Wow 7 Years Already Since Undergrad

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This past Wednesday, I paid a visit to my alma mater (UIC) to be among the panelists to share my post-college experiences of working in the corporate world. ...

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conference

Deconstruct

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I recently returned home from attending Deconstruct along with a bunch of my co-workers. I thought I’d jot my thoughts down while the experience is still fre...

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intellij idea

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jetty

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family

Why I Love Being Married

2 minute read

My wife and I met through a (very) random suggestion from a mutual friend 3 and a half years ago. It was suggested to us that we should meet up, get to know...

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fitness

My Fitness And Health Routine

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Something that is personally very important to me is that I stay fit and healthy for as long as possible in life. While I wouldn’t label myself a “fitness nu...

Workout Frequency Before And After Baby

less than 1 minute read

Ever since my son was born in late June, it’s been a challenge trying to find time to work out. Since I record every one of my workout sessions, I thought I’...

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play framework

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subversion

Moving From Subversion To Git

1 minute read

Last Thursday, my team made a successful transition from Subversion to Git. Here are some thoughts after having been on Git as a team for about a week now:

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nas

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learning

Stuff I’ve Been Learning

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It’s been quite awhile since my last blog post and I had a sudden itch to write about things I’ve been learning (mostly at/through work) over the course of, ...

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phonegap

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php

Weekend Project Php Website On Heroku

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I got hold of some really nice looking single page website templates earlier last week (from here) so I thought I’d go ahead and redo the website for my pare...

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personal finance

One Less Debt

less than 1 minute read

Just paid off my student loans, which took me about 9 years and 3 months. I was planning on letting it drag on and on because of the super low interest on i...

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photography

Playing Around With Lightroom

less than 1 minute read

I thought I’d give Adobe Lightroom a try and play around with editing some pictures. Well, here are the results.

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aws

Deleting Non-empty AWS Glacier Vaults

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I had a couple of AWS Glacier vaults that I had been meaning to permanently delete for awhile. When I tried deleting them via the AWS dashboard, I got the f...

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iphone

Resolving Tethering Issues With iPhone

1 minute read

I spend roughly an hour and a half Monday through Friday commuting to and from work and my laptop is tethered to my phone probably 90% of the time I’m on the...

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django

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cloudflare

Page Load Speed Testing

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I decided to conduct some simple page load speed testing. I hope the following info might be of some value to some folks out there.

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spark

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gradle

Gradle Build Scan Rocks

2 minute read

Earlier today I attend a webinar hosted by Gradle, Inc. where Gradle Build Scan was introduced. If you’re already using Gradle as the build tool for your pr...

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jekyll

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github

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engineering levels

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godaddy

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braintree

A Few Weeks Into The New Job

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I’ve been at Braintree now for almost 3 weeks and I can’t believe it’s only been a few weeks because I’ve experienced a ton of new things and have met a lot ...

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retreat

Personal Retreat

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I drove about 2 hours west to Stockton, IL - to a place called Christ in the Wilderness (CITW), to spend a few days (Friday evening - Sunday morning) to myse...

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being organized

My System For Staying Organized At Work

5 minute read

Being organized is a skill I personally value and at least for me - it’s a no-brainer that being organized can help everyone do their jobs better. It was imp...

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meetings

Running Effective and Efficient Meetings

2 minute read

I spend a lot of time at work in meetings. I regularly think about having effective and efficient meetings and here’s a list of things that I think are impor...

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