Sometimes I write things.

Game of Types: A Song of GraphQL and TypeScript

May 23rd, 2019 (14 minute read)

Originally published on the Formidable blog. Over the last few years, the popularity of both GraphQL and TypeScript has exploded in the web ecosystem—and for good reason: They help developers solve real problems encountered when building modern web applications. One of the primary benefits of both technologies is their strongly typed nature. Strong typing is a communication…

Blazing Fast Testing in Node with MongoDB

February 6th, 2019 (12 minute read)

Look ma, no mocks! What is MongoDB? MongoDB is a document-based NoSQL database, and is a popular choice for applications in the Node ecosystem. In a traditional relational database, such as MySQL, data is stored as rows and columns within tables. MongoDB, however, stores documents, such as BSON objects (binary JSON), which live inside a collection. There are many benefits to…

ReactJS and Redux Educational Resources

June 15th, 2016 (3 minute read)

In my job as a full-stack developer at Dealer Inspire (if you like this stuff, you should work with us), I developed one of our new products using the React/Redux stack.  It was completely new to me when I started, and honestly, quite confusing at first.  After reading, and reading, and reading…. I finally “got it”.  I put together a list of some of the resources I found useful…

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

September 1st, 2015 (1 minute read)

This recipe is based on something I saw on Food Network from Ina Garten on Barefoot Contessa.  It is delicious. garlic Ingredients 2 heads Garlic (about 40 cloves) 5 Pounds Chicken Thighs (bone-in, skin-on) Kosher salt Black pepper 1 tablespoons Olive oil 1 tablespoons Cognac (optional) 1.5 cups white wine 1 bunch fresh thyme 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 tablespoons heavy…

Server Farm Setup for Knife Depot

July 2nd, 2015 (5 minute read)

OK… the title is a little misleading.  This post actually discusses the setup for my entire company, Internet Retail Connection.  We run a few other sites, like Picnic World and Backyard Chirper, but Knife Depot is our bread and butter. A very abridged background story is that we run our own ecommerce websites on a custom platform developed over the last 10 years.  It started…

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