Demystifying Custom Auth in Laravel 5

I’m a big fan of Laravel. I use it in most of my personal and professional projects, and for the most part it really does make coding fun for me again. One of the things Laravel tries to do (similar to Rails) is to build in the most repetitive things a developer would have to…

Start-Up Scaling on a Budget

When I talk to people about their start-ups, most engineers fall into one of two camps: “We’re too small (or broke) to worry about scale yet” or “We have eleventy-billion servers, now we just need users.” I tend to see the latter in well-seeded startups or those who have already secured angel investors where cost isn’t as…

How to Contribute to Open Source Without Being a Dick

If you contribute to an open source project, you have my gratitude. It’s often a thankless job, unless you’re working on very high profile projects, and even then. Most people don’t become rich and/or famous because of their work in open source, and you sometimes have to deal with obnoxious project maintainers who don’t appreciate…

Project Localization Without the Pain

I run a few open source projects, one of which is Snipe-IT, a free IT asset management system. While the app is in English by default (since that’s my most fluent language), giving my end users the ability to use the app in their own language has always been important to me, so from pretty early…

From Agency CTO to Bootstrapping a Startup

Back in March, I decided I needed a change. I left my job of almost 5 years at a boutique ad agency and spent a little time trying to figure out what was next for me. I ended up as a co-founder and CTO of a 3-person startup, and I wanted to share some of…

Why You Should Stop Stalling and Start Presenting

My last post generated a bit of buzz when it was posted to HackerNews recently, so I figured I’d take this opportunity to reiterate something I’ve been saying on Twitter for a while now. If you have never presented a conference before, make this the year you change that.

Please Stop Asking Me to Speak About Women in Technology

I was recently recommended as a pinch-hitter keynote speaker for a Linux conference by a friend who wasn’t going to be able to present due to a scheduling conflict. She put me in touch with the conference organizers, and they reached out to me with the exciting email subject “We want YOU to keynote [conference name]!!”