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Tom VanAntwerp

Director of IT at the Tax Foundation. Sometimes indie game dev for fun.

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Director of IT at Tax Foundation

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I'm looking for work!

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re: When are you happiest as a coder?
When the day is over and the work is done. Time to relax with...
re: What do you listen to when writing code?
I listen mostly to metal. Really gets me moving, and I can tr...
re: Classical CSS vs CSS in JavaScript
I'm a convert to CSS-in-JS. The developer experience is reall...
re: OOP vs Functional Programming
The thing I love about JavaScript is how easy it is for me to...
re: What's your desk setup?
I've upgraded to a Keychron K1 since this photo was taken. He...
re: What are the hardest parts about working from home?
My wife is also working from home. We share a small apartme...
re: Show DEV: I built a dashboard to track my life
This is awesome--been wanting to build something like this ...
re: Which movies or series about programming would you recommend?
A non-zero number of plot points from IT Crowd have happene...
re: Which movies or series about programming would you recommend?
Anyone who works in an office must watch Office Space. Any ...
re: What helps build developer confidence?
Every time I get a job offer, whether I take it or not, I f...
re: The First 10 macOS Apps I Install in 2019
I've got some scripts on GitHub that install homebrew first...
re: Confessions of a Conference Attendee
Socks are the best swag by far. I always get conference soc...
re: Playing Beat Saber in the browser with body movements using PoseNet & Tensorflow.js
And here I am, having just spend $400 on an Oculus Quest li...
re: What was your win this week?
Launched a small site I'd been crunching on for two weeks. ...
re: My Hacktoberfest personal challenge: I'm writing a game in 7 days!
It's awesome that you're making a game for your son. Very c...
re: Which fictional story (book, movie, etc.) is the best allegory for software development?
For us poor sods who don't work at cushy startups with foos...
re: The Top 10 Books on DevOps You Need to Read
I really enjoyed The Phoenix Project, but do not read it be...
re: Please share cool data visualizations!
Some time ago, I wrote code to generate a sort of heat map ...
re: What are the worst security practices you've ever witnessed?
I walk around the office somewhat regularly and destroy any...
re: What are the worst security practices you've ever witnessed?
I used to use 32-character alphanumeric random strings as a...
re: What are the worst security practices you've ever witnessed?
I was called up for jury duty once. They had a website wher...
re: What are the worst security practices you've ever witnessed?
Word doc on a network shared drive with all the shared pass...
re: If you mostly write code for your day-to-day, do you have plans to get promoted out of that situation?
I'd be happy to get promoted into writing code every day. A...
re: What sport/physical activity would you recommend to someone who's not super sporty by nature?
When I was in high school, I lost 30 pounds playing Dance D...
re: 101 Tips For Being A Great Programmer (& Human)
Scotty taught me #2.
re: Frontend vs Backend, which do you prefer and why?
I started with graphic design and now I mostly work in the ...
re: Too Easy to Break a Streak
Setbacks happen in building any habit--especially when holi...
re: What was the most over-hyped software movement?
Blockchain: the world's least-efficient linked list!
re: What size company do you work for? What's that like?
Between 30 and 40 (depending on whether it's intern season)...
re: Do you have your next vacation planned?
Yes! Going to Prague, Vienna, and Munich in August. Should ...
re: What have been the broken promises of computer technology?
Your reply reminds me a lot of this conference talk.
re: What have been the broken promises of computer technology?
Old optimistic view: "The Internet will give everyone a voi...
re: What time of day are you most productive?
I'd say first thing in the morning, so long as I slept well...
re: What was the moment you realized you weren’t such a newbie anymore?
The times when I thought, "Oh this will be complicated and ...
re: Should a button communicate the current state, the intended behavior, or both?
Following the principle of least astonishment, I'd say the ...
re: What's your worst nightmare as a coder?
Screwing up authentication and leaking data.
re: What does your Terminal look like?
Using Powerlevel9k for that. Here's a gist of my settings f...
re: What does your Terminal look like?
re: What's the best career advice you can give in ten words or less?
Your relationships are everything--cultivate them wisely.
re: Is there a future for the Atom editor?
I used Atom for a couple of years, but it seemed to get slo...
re: How many software developers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
What dev has time to screw in their own lightbulbs? Just us...
re: Discuss: GitHub Special Event
Good point, that's a very odd time to announce a product la...
re: Discuss: GitHub Special Event
If only! Could finally roll a build without telemetry, Cand...
re: Terrible Interview Questions
Same problem with sports. It may not come up as much in tec...
re: Terrible Interview Questions
TIL I'm a bloom filter.
re: Cache Busting a React App
How does this compare to using service workers for offline ...
re: Creating a Custom React Hook for Gatsby Site Metadata
Love this! I really hated the way StaticQuery was typicall...
re: Software People — How Do You Deal With Stress/Bullies/Frustration?
I like the picture, but it would be remiss of me to not sha...
re: How to properly practice what you learn
An important part of my deliberate practice is using spaced...
re: Is it just me or are we in a low-hype phase?
Hmm... So, I don't think this hype has really started yet,...
re: I Broke the Refresh Button: Dealing with a Rogue Service Worker
This page from Google lists ways to interact with service w...
re: Jack of the Stack
Wish I could do that. Sadly, I am IT support. I split my da...
re: Jack of the Stack
What's beyond full-stack? Because I'm simultaneously respon...
re: Show off your first app!
I hesitate to even call it an app, as there is zero CRUD or...
re: What's your desk setup?
Here is my desk! I've got a 27" iMac with two extra 27" monit...
re: What was your win this week?
This week, I... ...launched my first Gatsby site for work!...
re: What’s an unpopular software opinion you have?
I've got a 2015 MacBook at home that I love developing with...
re: Music vs Podcasts while coding? Any recommendations?
Podcasts divide my attention too much--I save them for my c...
re: What's your favorite React library for doing charts?
I'm often doing weird custom stuff, so it's D3 for me. I th...
re: Computer science in JavaScript: Circular Doubly-linked lists
As a self-taught developer who mostly uses JavaScript, I re...
re: How to Refactor Your Finances - An Interview With a Programmer Who Retired at 34
Nice to hear of the success of a fellow Tar Heel! One nit ...
re: #100DaysofCode worth it or not? 🤔
The public-accountability aspect of #100DaysOfCode (or anyt...
re: Let's Connect!
I'd be happy to connect with any other devs on twitter!
re: What are you not interested in learning?
Salesforce. I've done two database transitions into Salesfo...
re: Independent Contractor Taxes Self-Employment HALP
If you're working in America, then this might be useful.
re: Write a Resume that Doesn’t Suck
I loathe writing cover letters. Definitely much harder than...
re: VS Code settings you should customize
Sometimes I feel like the only person who absolutely does not...
re: Do you recognize your code 6 months later?
When I compared my duplicate tool to the original, it was e...
re: Do you recognize your code 6 months later?
I definitely don't remember what I did or why after 6 month...
re: Do you have any energy and time for your personal goals after a full day of work at your job?
Usually no, and less all the time. Between basic self-care,...
re: I use the GitHub Desktop app for one thing. Am I doing this wrong?
If it works, it works! I stopped using GitHub Desktop a wh...
re: What is your "Coder/Language Fit"
I mostly use JavaScript (because web sites) and, fortunatel...
re: What is the best tool for blogging?
If you're comfortable with React and Graphql, Gatsby is bec...
re: Which programming languages do you use and why?
Mostly JavaScript, because web dev. Next is Python, becaus...
re: Lost potential of personal computing
I almost never actually build the app that scratches my itc...
re: I'm Wes Bos, Ask Me Anything!
Hey Wes! When deciding on a topic to teach, how comfortable...
re: 3 Tricky Python Nuances
I'm certain #2 (and maybe in concert with #1) cost me hours...
re: Slack Has A New Face
The new logo is so generic and uninspiring. It could be a p...
re: Who or what inspired you to do programming?
My first real job out of college was basically sales. I do ...
re: The Rise of Microsoft Visual Studio Code
I'm curious if you've got location data on the Washington D...
re: What are some co-worker attitudes you dislike?
Oh, I'm just not good with technology! It's 2019, and th...
re: 8 Productivity Tips for GitHub
I had no idea about the suggested revision feature--going t...
re: What is your job title?
My title is Director of IT. It's meaningless, as it says ve...
re: What do you find yourself searching for again and again?
If you want some regex practice, I really enjoyed these gam...
re: What do you find yourself searching for again and again?
If an effort to get past some of this, I've started adding ...
re: What music do you jam out to when you are coding?
Bang head, mash keys, repeat!
re: Show off your Text Editor 👨🏻‍💻
I'm using VS Code on a vertical monitor so I can write way ...
re: Recursive paths with React Router V4
Very neat! Also, I hope to God I never see anybody do this ...
re: Tell me a coding confession
I use GitKraken instead of command line git. I just like b...
re: How freeCodeCamp.org uses the JAMstack + a single API server to help millions of people learn to code every month
6,000+ pages sounds like it would be a pain to rebuild with...
re: Is it just me or is Microsoft really crushing it lately?
Fully agree, Windows 10 is a hot mess. It makes me long for...
re: Is it just me or is Microsoft really crushing it lately?
I wish they would! I'm split between being dev and IT, and ...
re: My Terminal Setup: iTerm2 + Zsh 🔥
Nice! I'm also iTerm + oh-my-zsh, using Powerlevel 9k for c...
re: The Art of Minimalism with UX
Of course you'd say that!
re: How I Fixed My Carpal Tunnel Pain
I'll have to try the brace. I have tried vertical mice in t...
re: Is honesty always the best policy?
Honest is best, but only in combination with tact. It's on ...
re: Why all this hate about Python?
Python as a language is mostly fine. I've used it for plent...
re: Programmers who only code at work
Sometimes, if I'm really gripped by a particular problem, I m...
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