2022 - Review of the year

This year has been a big one, we could talk about how there has been a lot of movement on the macroeconomics situation of most countries, that a war started between countries that aren’t that far from where I live, or that we could be living the start of another dotcom like a cycle.

December 28, 2022 ⎥ Read now →

Famous cheese ball recipe @ Cameo

This recipe has been shared every thanks giving at Cameo, and it belongs to Brandon Moore.

November 22, 2022 ⎥ Read now →

A new beginning

I’m pulling the plug of being comfortable with the apartment, the city, the state, the country I live in, and everyone within a 20km radius from me.

September 14, 2022 ⎥ Read now →

React state useReducer vs useState

The other day at my day to day job I came out with this thought that I had to tweet, because I wanted to seek validation from the community about it.

August 29, 2022 ⎥ Read now →

Work-life balance

This week I saw a couple of Twitter threads (an example of 1 of them, PS is in Spanish) that made me think about my work-life prioritization and what’s the balance I have been pursuing, and why. I reached the apex of this thought when I received a newsletter about the same topic which inspired me to write today’s post.

July 18, 2022 ⎥ Read now →

I was interviewed by a YouTuber

I was the guest on the #1 episode of the new series of Agile State of Mind channel,

June 15, 2022 ⎥ Read now →

Seniors and leads must mentor

Since I went back to the leadership track I have been focusing most of my energy on giving opportunities to my team members to grow and giving myself time to mentor them during moments where I have knowledge that can be helpful that they do not have, now, you may think that this might not be the best use of my time as a team leader but if you think this I will strongly disagree with you, let me tell you why.

March 24, 2022 ⎥ Read now →

M1 Pro Mac development setup guide

A guide to set up my M1 Pro MacBook, why? Well, the last time I upgraded my personal computer, it was 2017 and I had a list of things that I installed on my dev setup at that point in time that honestly ins’t valid anymore for my current development process.

January 17, 2022 ⎥ Read now →

7 Gorgs hike

During this fall and after some health issues that I finally resolved, I wanted to explore nature more, after a bit of reading and hearing some recommendations I decided to visit this route.

October 18, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

My perspective changes as a software developer with 10 years of experience

Inspired by a conversation I had with a teammate about my career and how I became a staff engineer, I decided to post a quick read on the things I feel shaped my career and the opinions I have maintained, changed, and kept during the past 10 years.

September 15, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

Alarm off

For the past 20 days, I have been experimenting with not having my alarm turned on. Honestly, I was a skeptic when I started with it, I had some words from Alexis (@duranmla) and his experiences to guide me and ease my doubts. Now I want to share my experience.

September 06, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

My plan for 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic made me reflect on my life, you probably did it too. 2020 was an interesting year and I made some goals for 2021 that I didn’t make public and I believe this was a mistake, by obscuring these goals I had no accountability.

August 29, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

Refactoring a part of the business

As an engineer, I spend most of my time thinking about the best possible solutions for the problems we encounter, and as many engineers I know, I don’t spend nearly half of the time I spend on new solutions at updating, upgrading, and overall improving previous code I made.

August 13, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

My investing journey

I started to talk about a way to start investing on what I learned from peer to peer investing, but I didn’t explain what made me say “I need to start investing”, and I believe this is even more important than saying what has worked for me.

June 15, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

Slow TV, narratives as a way of living

I found this week during my podcast listening sessions the concept of slow TV thanks to this episode of Invisibilia, to give you a resume of it, the whole concept is to produce a show with no plot, no characters, and surely no tension… Have you seen those live streams on YouTube of trains on Norway? Well, that’s basically it.

May 31, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

TDD is the way

I was giving some thought about my #programming approach using Test Driven Development lately and how much am I imparting the knowledge with my teammates of my experiences with it.

May 21, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

What I learned of peer to peer investing

It took me a bit to start writing about investing, at least publicly, because it has such a stigma with it, I’m not a financial advisor nor claim that what I’m saying works for me will work for you, but I do want to share these experiences hoping the best.

May 04, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

Learnings from the cult of done manifesto

Digging through my notes I found an article that spoke about the cult of done manifesto that I have saved a while ago and thought at that time it was an interesting way of looking at how you make and do things.

April 29, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

160 active customers and growing

In January 2021, I launched the logbook, an app for people like me that want to do journaling with a more calmed down approach. At first, I envisioned this product mostly for me, I have tried multiple apps like mine in the past but haven’t enjoyed the process as much because all of them have something that I dislike, constant notifications, reminders, game theories, and other clickbait ways to draw your attention and make you use them,

March 14, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

Code Quality team

Mostly known as “core team” or “architecture team”, are teams whose sole responsibility in the company is to improve the quality and performance of the experience that the end-user receives.

January 06, 2021 ⎥ Read now →

2020 - Review of the year

In our last episode of the podcast @alexis and I discussed with a framework he sent me a bunch of different things regarding 2020, we can basically call it a “review of the year” from our perspective and what we think we did and need to improve on 2021.

December 31, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

Personal thoughts on Spotify vs Apple Music

I have been toying since the announcement of Apple One with the idea of moving into an all Apple ecosystem since I would be saving money by doing this.

October 12, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

Rules of the game

A list of the “rules” that I have been applying as my way to live for the past ~3 years and will continue doing.

October 10, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

Making good CSS is harder than what most people think

It’s not just about knowing the code or the properties in this case that you can apply to any element in your DOM. It’s also about knowing how each browser rendering engine will display your attributes.

October 08, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

Keeping a logbook

I love journaling, mainly because it makes me rethink what I have done during my day and understand all the important things I have accomplished or couldn’t finish, and most importantly how that made me feel.

October 03, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

The key to starting making apps as an indie

After a few months of doing indie apps on the side of my normal job, I have thought about key elements to make your apps successful based on it, there might be some obvious ones but I will still make the effort to point them out.

August 29, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

Dark mode support

It’s 2020, and we still have background: white websites when you enable your OS built-in dark mode, why? Why?! I get this feeling every time it’s 9pm, and I switch my computer to be in dark mode with the magic automatic setting from macOS and my browser stills shows me a white background at 300 nits of brightness.

August 19, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

The need for journaling

I used to be able to get by every day without knowing exactly how things made me feel. When people asked me how I felt, the answer was quite easy “I dunno. Everything seems ok so I’m fine”, and I was always answering “Fine and you?”.

August 18, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

That ☕️ talk you are not taking

I have had the opportunity of grabbing a coffee with many colleagues, my latest one was with @sospedra_r, we used to work together, then we both quit from our previous company, and we didn’t… And now we are working together again. And that’s not my point.

August 17, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

I believe designers are the next developers

I discussed this topic at my podcast a couple episodes ago, but if you don’t speak Spanish, let me give you my condensed thoughts here.

August 13, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

I started learning Swift and SwiftUI

As a senior developer, learning a new language isn’t as hard as it was when I was starting my career, the way you express yourself is similar to other languages, so you think more about “what’s the syntax for doing X in this language?” vs “how would I do this?”.

July 29, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

Feelings from my first app

Getting code to production for the company you work for feels amazing, it gives you this sense of accomplishment, and some sort of adrenaline rush makes you want to do more, but making something yourself from scratch where you are the sole responsible for it. It’s a whole new experience.

April 12, 2020 ⎥ Read now →

Start a podcast now

Alexis (@duranmla) and I decided to make a podcast, honestly, I have been thinking about doing it for a while and I started in the past, 2-5 years ago one with different friends, but I never found the right niche to be consistent at doing it and actually enjoy doing it.

January 08, 2020 ⎥ Read now →