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Man, its been too long. I found about 10 posts I've started over the last 2 years that had reached various levels of completion, but realized that completing any of them would require me to recommend things that I now know to be wrong. So instead, I thought I'd relay some of the things I've experienced and what I've learned from them.

Startups are still cool

When last we met, I was just starting to fall in love with my new Macbook Air, and getting settled into my new job working for a startup again. During my time there (which ended in January), I built lots of apps, did quite a bit of DevOps things, and just generally settled into the culture. It was quite refreshing, having spent the last few years in a very corporate environment.

Tech is moving REALLY fast

This is exciting, but can also be extremely frustrating. For someone like me, who considers things like best practices to be extremely important to producing quality product, the pace at which things tend to change at the paradigm level is a bit unnerving. Take isomorphic (recently relabeled as universal) javascript. On the surface, this sounded like the most amazing idea in the history of amazing ideas (not because Javascript is good, but because isomorphic apps have been something I've begged my genie for). Having looked at countless apps built using libraries like React.js, I've come to the conclusion that being first to market has become much more important than making sure the tooling is solid and easily testable/supportable/understandable.

DevOps got its sexy (back?)

I still remeber the days when admins had their toolbox of system-fu they carried with them on a usb-stick or (gasp!) CD-ROM. It was their secret set of preferred scripts to help automate some of the more mundane aspects of systems administration. Fast-forward to today, and the landscape is much more pleasing to the eye. Tools like Ansible and Terraform, while not perfect, make building reproducible systems at scale seem like childs play. Add in some Kubernetes, or even just plain Docker, and you've got infrastructure that's almost a joy to manage. And monitoring? NewRelic. DataDog. There's a veritable cornucopia of goodies available for building out the "system around the system".

Simpler is still better

Even with newer toys like Atom making an appearance, I still feel like tried and tested tools, like vim and tmux, make for the best, most universally available development environment around. A buddy recently showed me a screenshot of tmux+vim running on his Windows desktop using Docker. Its not something I'd ever do, but it does illustrate that ubiquity is really important.

The new hotness

This was a rambling post, mainly because my brain is elsewhere right now. I've got several things in the process of being completed, and plan on documenting them all. Expect more newness (and less black holes in posting) soon.