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Michael

QA & Release Manager/Engineer and tool smith. I build Test Frameworks using whatever language suits the environment I'm a lifelong learner and that's what gets me up in the morning.

Location Boston, MA Joined Joined on  Personal website http://oldmrcrankypants.blogspot.com/ github website

Education

Boston University, BoA History

Work

Quality Services Manager at CVS Health

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How has your relationship with complexity changed over time?

I have personally become more complex as I age, my code less ...

Build Pokemon Finder using React and Pokeapi

Wonder if I can get my kids into this, though they'd just ask...

What's your Git Personality?

Done most but not rebase, seen that cause nothing but problem...

8 reasons why having a blog is as important as having a GitHub

It's a great point and one that certain old timers like mysel...

Why can't we solve accessibility with a one line script tag?

Interesting stuff, I'd be curious on your experience with acc...

What advice would you give to High Schooler (Thinking of software developer career)?

I guess it depends on what you develop as well, or if you kno...

How to learn Git slowly.

Nice! I remember working on CVS at first and thought that wa...

Parents of DEV: How are you teaching your children about technology?

My boys 13 & 8 yo play a bit too much at times. When m...

Top 5 Soft Skills for Software Engineer

Diplomacy I find is a necessary skill in working across Tea...

Is Jira an antipattern?

I've felt this way about Jira for awhile, while the tool is...

For my next 50 days...

Good luck! Start small with things until you know you can ...

Keep learning, should you invest your own time?

It's not so much the learning here that bothers me but the ...

Writing Beautiful Code

After some recent discussions with co-workers I sort of cha...

Introducing Learn Code from Us

Looks like a great pool of resources for people to check on...

From Chef to Programmer: Lessons From The Kitchen

Glad to know I am not the only one who has followed this pa...

What teaching my kids how to play tic-tac-toe taught me about user onboarding experience

It works to get your kids interested in other games, I've d...

What makes a successful standup?

Short, to the point, and informative enough I know what eve...

The Blessing of Rejection (or Growing Past the "No")

For me, and many of the places I worked at, what we looked ...

Loading up a Docker database with data

I haven't done a large set, the full database of what I cou...

Loading up a Docker database with data

This is sort of what I use it for, but its also good to at ...

What Is Integration Services and Why Do I Need It?

I was using it a few years ago when working on a database m...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

My view is if you cover the functional part once, that's en...

The Definite Guide to Pick the Correct Music While Working

Wow, this is some interesting stuff to check out. Typicall...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

Testing a Black Box is just that, Black. When everything i...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

Well it checks part of it, Integration Tests are good when ...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

That works well too, there is no right way to do it. You h...

What is the most influential programming language you have learned?

Many will laugh but for me it was Perl. One of the first I...

Engineering whiteboard interviews: yay or nay?

This reminds me of the old joke, how you shut up an enginee...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

It depends on what you want to learn, but there are plenty ...

Bad Habits Developers Should Fix

ha! No, our building has its own gym so I use that then ea...

Bad Habits Developers Should Fix

I have the go outside problem, but I do take my lunch break...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

Find out what their strengths are, what they are interested...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

I don't think it can be done realistically, there is often ...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

I've had the "completely tested" argument with people befor...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

I've never done any of the test exams, I actually started m...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

Most have been in regards to the framework choices and bein...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

My pleasure, I hope it helps. Feel free to ask again if so...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

I find that hard, because the thought process for developin...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

Typically they come in after something is written, and eith...

I'm a Tester, Ask Me Anything!

They should be testing whatever it is they are coding for. ...

What is Management?

That's more direct and sort of covered by my previous comme...

What is Management?

I think you need to further define this because it can mean...

Pull Requests: How the Process Can Get Stuck

Although we have a very large application with multiple ser...

The Benefits You Need to Know about Infrastructure as Code

I've been in this space before and in my experience all the...

The Benefits You Need to Know about Infrastructure as Code

Good notes on this! We've been getting more and more into ...

Who Tests Code

I started my career as a separate QA and while the process ...

What's your origin story?

Starting from early employment Dishwasher College for one...

what is the best music genre to program with?

Depends on what I am doing, a lot of the time I am listenin...

Do you have any home automation projects in the works?

This one really worked for me, broke them down into a techn...

Does your laptop stay at work?

We have a "do as you need" mentality at my workplace, altho...

Guys what are some benefits of blogging as a software developer can it help land a job

Communication is key! I see a lot of very smart people who...

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