Part of what brought me into writing and editing for The Daily WTF was my love of telling stories. I’ve had a very successful career working inside of corporate IT shops, and a huge part of that success comes from my ability to take a complex technical topic and explain it simply. To do that, I fall back on the same storytelling techniques that I use here.
A little while back, I posted a user survey and asked for some general comments -- thanks to everyone who replied and shared their thoughts. I was hoping to share the survey results sooner, but I got a bit caught up in that Release! Kickstarter project.
TLDR; We made a game! It's called Release!, and it's currently on Kickstarter.
Come April 1st, the survey page will disappear from all existence...leaving juicy data in its wake.
It's been a long while since the look and feel of The Daily WTF has been updated. The last update was a little over six years ago when MySpace was still king, Twitter was a silly new fad, and the iPhone was but a few months old. We expiremented with a new look on the OMGWTF2 Contest Mini-site, and got some pretty positive feedback.
It's been a long while since our last Free Mug Day or Free T-Shirt Day. Too long, in fact. But wait no more: today is a new Free T-Shirt Day!
Alright everybody: the clock is winding down on The Daily WTF's contest: The Olympiad of Misguided Geeks Part 2 sponsored by our friends at New Relic. Only 2 days left until the deadline!
We know what you're thinking - summer is approaching making it the perfect time of year for a programming contest!
I'll be heading to England next week to talk about DevOps and Cloud Stuffs.
May 16 (Thu) @ Coventry User Group (What is DevOps Anyway?)
May 21 (Tue) @ Cambridge User Group (What is DevOps Anyway?)
May 22 (Wed) @ London (Practical DevOps & Continuous Delivery: A Hands-on Workshop)
May 22 (Wed PM) @ Software East (Implementing DevOps… and Making it Actually Stick)
May 23 (Thus) @ DevOps Summit London (Implementing DevOps… and Making it Actually Stick)
May 24 (Fri) @ Cloud East (Racing Thru the Last Mile: Cloud Delivery & Web-Scale Deployment)
It's an exciting couple weeks for us developers in the Midwest!
I know I've been a bit quiet on the writing front lately (big things happening at the day job and all), but I wanted to let you know about a couple upcoming events I'll be at. It's always fun to meet-up and give away these TDWTF mugs.
A few months back, Alex and the rest of the Daily WTF staff hosted a meetup in Pittsburgh. Alex is going to swing through Pittsburgh again this week, so we'd love to have another chance to meet the readers who can make it out.
I'll be in a few places in Europe these next two weeks, and would love to meet up with anyone who's available.
Øredev 2012 (Malmö, Sweden)
I'll be hanging out in New England next week doing all sorts of BuildMaster client things, but I'll also be giving a couple database-related talks at some local SQL Server events. If you're in the area, feel free to stop on by -- both events are free.
Database Horror Stories, Bad Code, and How Not to be a Statistic
Can you string words together and form a sentence? Can you string statements together and form a class definition? Can you sometimes be funny? Can you do all three at the same time?
Last September, our good friends and long-time sponsor New Relic helped us put on the infamous Free TDWTF Mug Day. The feedback from everyone was overwhelmingly positive: not only did they get to try out a pretty cool application performance monitoring service, but they got one of the coveted TDWTF mugs.
Yes, I suppose The Real WTF™ is a conference named St. Louis Days of .NET, but like most curiosities there's a good reason. What used to be a single day (and an aptly named) event turned into three days of sessions, networking, and all sorts of other exciting things for .NET developers. And it's at a casino, which means I'll be raking it in with my Perch Roulette Strategy, in addition to doing a talk or two.
When I mentioned that I'd be attending SODEC in Tokyo last year, I was surprised that someone actually took me up on the offer for some beers. Actually, about a dozen of you did, and a small group of us went out to Shibuya (you know, this place) and we all had an absolute blast.
Last year's Code PaLOUsa (held in downtown Louisville) was a blast, and it was great to meet up with some of you guys who were able make it out. I'm definitely excited about Code PaLOUsa 2012; there's a lot of great speakers, and it's right in the heart of bourbon country.
My Talk — Ugly Code: Beauty is in The Eye of the Beholder
A little while back, our friends at Microsoft bought the elusive The Daily WTF mugs for a whole bunch of readers. Unfortunately, many of you missed out — especially those who lived outside of the United States. But the good news is that our friends at New Relic are bringing back Free TDWTF Mug Day, and this time it's for everyone around the world!
I was a little distraught when I looked at my calendar today and realized that devLink – an awesome community conference in Chattanooga, TN – is next week. That meant that, once again, I was a little late in helping promote a great community conference. So late, in fact, that registration had been closed.
I suspect this announcement will be even less relevant than the Detroit-centric announcement for Penguicon 2011... but here goes. For three of you that are reading The Daily WTF in Japan, I'll be headed out your way to attend SODEC from May 11-13.
As I mentioned a few weeks back, I'll be headed to Notacon 8 a little later this week. If you're going, drop me a line and we'll grab a drink or something. And if you can't make it, not to worry - there's another event right around the corner. It's called Penguicon, and it's being held in Troy, Michigan from April 29 - May 1.
As you may have noticed, I am a big fan of souvenirs, trinkets, and tchotchkes. And I know I'm not alone. Whenever I go to a conference, at least half of my fellow attendees join me in the pursuit for as much free stuff as possible.
I got some great feedback about Code PaLOUsa; everyone seemed to have a great time, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet up with some of you. So, along the same vein, the next community conference I'm headed to is Notacon. It's held in my home town of Cleveland, Ohio, and runs April 14-17.
Mark your calendars for March 4th and 5th. There's a brand new by-developers/for-developers conference called Code PaLOUsa. Inspired by the instantaneously-sold-out CodeMash (including the non-profit part), Code PaLOUsa is in downtown Louisville, KY at the Seelbach Hotel.
At the day job, I spend the majority of my time working on BuildMaster. While I certainly find it more exciting than the Big Boring Business App at Mega Financial Co, the structure is similar: there are a number of modules, different teams are responsible for different modules, and about the only change in scenery is working on a different module.