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Ben Halpern

A Canadian software developer who thinks he’s funny. He/Him.

Education

Mount Allison University

Work

Founder and Co-CEO at Forem

Code Splitting with Laurie Barth

Code Splitting with Laurie Barth

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Hack the Planet ($5k grand prize) contest ends Friday

Hack the Planet ($5k grand prize) contest ends Friday

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What is the biggest misconception about being a software developer?

What is the biggest misconception about being a software developer?

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How do you wrap your head around observability?

How do you wrap your head around observability?

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The Grand Experiment of Distributed Conferences with Paul Campbell and Angela Andrews

The Grand Experiment of Distributed Conferences with Paul Campbell and Angela Andrews

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The Longterm Benefits of Effective Product Development

The Longterm Benefits of Effective Product Development

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DevDiscuss Season 4 Premiere: Meetings Worth Making with Andy Goodman

DevDiscuss Season 4 Premiere: Meetings Worth Making with Andy Goodman

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Microsoft Excel is Now Turing Complete

Microsoft Excel is Now Turing Complete

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Super Mario World Restored Original Soundtrack: Great Coding Music!

Super Mario World Restored Original Soundtrack: Great Coding Music!

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Rails 7 will require Ruby 2.7+

Rails 7 will require Ruby 2.7+

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Why do we still speak in direct DNS?

Why do we still speak in direct DNS?

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What's the longest you've ever spent debugging a single bug?

What's the longest you've ever spent debugging a single bug?

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What are your favorite and least favorite 2021 design trends?

What are your favorite and least favorite 2021 design trends?

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Five Classic Reads in Software Development

Five Classic Reads in Software Development

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Jan 22: DEV Discovery

Jan 22: DEV Discovery

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Jan 20: DEV Daily Discovery

Jan 20: DEV Daily Discovery

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Jan 19: DEV Daily Discovery

Jan 19: DEV Daily Discovery

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Fixing Cumulative Layout Shift

Fixing Cumulative Layout Shift

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Jan 18: DEV Daily Discovery

Jan 18: DEV Daily Discovery

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Jan 16: DEV Daily Discovery

Jan 16: DEV Daily Discovery

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Jan 15: DEV Daily Discovery

Jan 15: DEV Daily Discovery

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Announcing the CodeNewbie Community

Announcing the CodeNewbie Community

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Jan 13: DEV Daily Discovery

Jan 13: DEV Daily Discovery

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Do you associate music with any fond coding memories?

Do you associate music with any fond coding memories?

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DX stands for developer experience

DX stands for developer experience

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Does your org have a backup plan when your main communication systems go down?

Does your org have a backup plan when your main communication systems go down?

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Software contractors and entrepreneurs: Do you have a business entity?

Software contractors and entrepreneurs: Do you have a business entity?

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DevDiscuss Finale: "Working remotely and working under quarantine are *different*."

DevDiscuss Finale: "Working remotely and working under quarantine are *different*."

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What are some interesting visualization libraries?

What are some interesting visualization libraries?

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What Makes a Good Designer? with Lisa Sy & Kuan Luo

What Makes a Good Designer? with Lisa Sy & Kuan Luo

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How to Gamify Coding with Charlotte Cheng & Kevin Whinnery

How to Gamify Coding with Charlotte Cheng & Kevin Whinnery

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How consistently does your organization update dependencies?

How consistently does your organization update dependencies?

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Rails gets out of the way when you need that most.

Rails gets out of the way when you need that most.

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Improving Your Onboarding For Early Career Devs with Carolyn Stransky & John Britton

Improving Your Onboarding For Early Career Devs with Carolyn Stransky & John Britton

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Follow #adventofcode if you're into that kind of thing

Follow #adventofcode if you're into that kind of thing

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Do they teach "pointers" in bootcamp? Should they?

Do they teach "pointers" in bootcamp? Should they?

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My physical and mental fitness momentum heading into 2021

My physical and mental fitness momentum heading into 2021

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Analogies and Visualizations with Lydia Hallie & Kevin Kononenko

Analogies and Visualizations with Lydia Hallie & Kevin Kononenko

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To Vim, or not to Vim? with Allan MacGregor & Alex Smith

To Vim, or not to Vim? with Allan MacGregor & Alex Smith

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Improving the way DEV elevates the good stuff

Improving the way DEV elevates the good stuff

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Demystifying Architecture with David Whitney

Demystifying Architecture with David Whitney

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New season of DevDiscuss! S3E1, Developing in Minecraft & Roblox

New season of DevDiscuss! S3E1, Developing in Minecraft & Roblox

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What is software? (wrong answers only)

What is software? (wrong answers only)

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What advice would you offer your younger self?

What advice would you offer your younger self?

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How much of a role should "enthusiasm" play in the software development process?

How much of a role should "enthusiasm" play in the software development process?

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President Trump’s Twitter accessed by security expert who guessed password "maga2020!"

President Trump’s Twitter accessed by security expert who guessed password "maga2020!"

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Do you have a standing desk? Which one?

Do you have a standing desk? Which one?

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What are you looking forward to when the pandemic is over?

What are you looking forward to when the pandemic is over?

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Spam sucks

Spam sucks

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Ruby 3.0.0 Preview 1 Released

Ruby 3.0.0 Preview 1 Released

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Is git commit --amend truly *important*?

Is git commit --amend truly *important*?

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What are some tips for writing a good issue?

What are some tips for writing a good issue?

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What gives you the most anxiety?

What gives you the most anxiety?

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CSS Variables and Redis: How color customization is implemented on Forem

CSS Variables and Redis: How color customization is implemented on Forem

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Is your company making any permanent changes after "temporary" pandemic-driven changes?

Is your company making any permanent changes after "temporary" pandemic-driven changes?

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Coffee drinkers: Do you take breaks?

Coffee drinkers: Do you take breaks?

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Install Ansible on Mac

Install Ansible on Mac

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Are you a "confident" developer?

Are you a "confident" developer?

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What are some lesser-known roles and specializations within software development?

What are some lesser-known roles and specializations within software development?

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How has software development changed since 2010?

How has software development changed since 2010?

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