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The Messy Middle: When Your Software Project Feels Like a Failure
I’ve been thinking about a few different ideas that are similar but contrary. The first is that I think we often gloss over how risky it is to build custom software. Joel Spolsky famously wrote just a few years ago what we’ve paraphrased to be “never do a big rewrite.”...
5 Ways to Write Sass That Plays Well With Others
Sass is an excellent tool for front-end designers and developers. It can improve the CSS authoring experience and help you quickly build out your design system. Like any tool, however, it can be misused. When working with teams or working on projects that will be handed off to a client,...
Gaslight Podcast 33: Product Management with James Zhao of Sharethrough
Your browser does not support the audio element. Gaslight developer Joel Turnbull and I chatted with James Zhao, Product Manager at Sharethrough, about what makes for great product management in the software world. Sharethrough is a native advertising company and one of our clients. James talked to us about: His...
Why Code Reviews Are Essential and How to Keep Them Positive
For the past three months at Gaslight, I’ve been doing regular code reviews with fellow developer Alex Heflin (known as Super Alex around the office). We’ve fallen into a really good rhythm where we use a combination of GitHub pull requests and in-person code reviews around a screen. These sessions...
The Road From Co-op to Apprentice to Junior Developer
In the summer of 2012, I started a job as a web designer for a local startup who specialized in digital promotions. I mostly created basic web pages with not much more than HTML, CSS and jQuery. Until one day I asked the question, “But what makes it work?” (You...
Custom Software Development vs. Off-the-Shelf: How to Choose a Winner
You’re probably thinking we’re biased on this question. After all, custom software development is 90% of what we do. But you might be surprised to find out how often we wrestle with this dilemma ourselves. Even though the most common title in our office is developer, we still invest in...