• Software

    Designing and coding the WordPress theme for my blog.

    So I recently designed and coded a theme for my blog, (which uses WordPress CMS) in about 12 days. Here’s the full juicy story. One day, I got bored with the look of my blog. I usually have the overwhelming urge to change my blog’s theme but this is no news. What is news is that I decided to code it myself.¬†The things I needed to do sounded pretty simple Design. Code the Front End – HTML/CSS Convert to WordPress theme For perspective, I am a backend developer which literally means my stack is more NodeJS & PHP than it is HTML/CSS. I mean, I work with front-endish tools like…

  • Personal,  Software

    Build a team that catches your exceptions

    Everyone loves a great software development team. So unless you’re Billop the Great Beast (I made that up don’t look it up), I’d say you do too. Have you ever outlined what would make a great development team? I have. Here are my thoughts: You know how the implied magic programming has seems overly diminished when there is a buggy functionality or misplaced text? And everyone is like ‘Darn, the software is beautiful and we know lots of sleepless nights + coffee + ‘omg-why-doesn’t-it-work’s + ‘omg-yes-it-works-and-omg-i-dont-know-why’s have been put into getting it to this level and we should be really grateful; but darn again, this feature doesn’t work! ūüôĀ ”…

  • Personal,  Software

    The Real Reason I Write Code

    Have you ever woken up groggy one morning, staggered barefoot and half sleepily to that coffee table only to discover there was no electricity so you couldn’t use the coffee maker anyways? It could have been that you happened on your reflection by chance on the side mirror of a car by chance and decided your hairdo could do with a little polishing. The natural inclination when we have needs is to fulfill them. Basically, I’d be ecstatic if I could wave a wand and the electricity I needed appeared. Or if I could walk into a salon and get my hair done at the snap of my fingers. Writing…

  • GHC15,  Software

    Beyond Growth Hacking: A Recap. #GHC15

    One of the compelling sessions I attended at GHC15 was the Beyond Growth Hacking Session. Panelists were:¬†Miri Pruzan(Facebook),Winnie Wang(Airbnb),¬†¬†Erica Lockheimer(Linkedin),¬†Molly Long(Uber),¬†Vivian Qu(Pinterest).¬† (Notice that I have used the colors of the panelists’ shirts in the photo to highlight their names accordingly. I’ll use the same colors in further mentions of their names). Hosted by the Five Panelists above, the session started on quite an agile note! I think presenting this in dialogue format¬†will make it more interesting for you. So, here goes… In the last few years there has been an increase in people googling the phrase ‚ÄúGrowth Hacking‚ÄĚ – Miri Pruzan Q: ¬†What does a growth engineer do? Winnie:…