Dev Storyteller

Thoughts of practical idealistic problem solver and software engineer, Mark Freedman.

Re-Education Action Plan – The Lessons

In my last post, I wrote about my next life phase, which is mainly a return to my former self – software developer.  In order to get back in sync, I need to develop an action plan.  Thankfully, I’ve kept a very close eye on the stack I’m most familiar with (the...

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The Re-Education of a Software Developer

I’m in the process of re-directing my career back to hands-on development. This is the start of not only one of the most exciting phases I’ve ever embarked upon, but it’s also one of the most gut-wrenching and sometimes paralyzing. I’ve been in software development...

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Reliability

As we both woke that early Saturday morning, we already knew exactly where we needed to be in an hour. It was the same every weekend morning when the Mets were at home. This morning, we did it begrudgingly, but we knew it had to be done. We washed, dressed, ate,...

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Code Camp NYC 4 (2010) Recap

Wow. What a day. It’s taken me almost two weeks to write about it. I’ve now been involved in five code camps, and these are the highlights of my year. I’m so grateful that I was asked to be a key contributor in organizing the NYC event. And I’m doubly grateful that my...

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NYC Code Camp 4

Ready for another code camp?  Well, we can never have too much free learning (what we in the tech field call “fun”), so reserve Saturday, March 6, 2010 to attend the 4th (somewhat) annual NYC Code Camp, from 8:00 AM until 6:30 PM! It will take place at the...

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Running a Code Camp – Preparation (2009 Update)

This post is dedicated to my father, who passed away on 12/5/2009. He was a wonderful father and husband. He made friends with everyone he met. He taught me so much, and always had faith in me. I miss him terribly. I love you dad. You're in a much better place now. I...

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Fairfield / Westchester .NET Code Camp 2009

The Fairfield / Westchester User Groups are proud to present our 3rd Annual Fairfield / Westchester Code Camp! As in the past, this event will be held at the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus. We will once again hold 24 sessions (75 minutes each) across 4...

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Magic Music Passion

I haven't posted in months, due to many reasons, none of which anyone probably cares much about. 😉 Recently, though, I started a new blog, which is focused on music. You see, I've noticed that my blog was losing focus, jumping from topic to topic. But a recurring...

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Songs are People Too

If you don't recognize the reference of the title, it's based on a song from the old Wonderama TV show, "Kids are People Too". Since the latest U2 album was leaked (and subsequently released), there's been a remarkable reaction, which has me thinking again about...

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U2 – No Line on the Horizon – Review

Five years ago, I jumped the gun, and declared U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" a great album, and a potential classic. Looking back now, although it's still an album full of some amazing pop songs, my susceptibility to hyperbole got the best of me. I let the...

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Hypocrisy as a Management Tool

As I look back over my career, it often pains me to remember the many mistakes I've made. But when I push past the pain and embarrassment, I also recall how I've used those experiences to improve myself. It's so true that you come to appreciate the really hard times...

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Changes

Wow, it's been a very long time since I've posted. I'm not a fan of posting about why I haven't been posting, but if you don't tell, I won't. 😉 A lot of changes going on in my life... Got a promotion at work (and an office, but everyone ignores the door being closed...

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Fairfield / Westchester Code Camp Photos

Last week, I wrote about our second annual code camp. Here are some of Lorri's photos of the event. Soon, I'll post some video clips. I'll probably have some more photos in a future post. Please excuse my cheesy captions 😉 Next year, my friend, Dave, will help us...

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