Submitted by Barrett on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 09:42

On July 13th, I'll bid farewell to GDIT and the EOP and move on to the next step in my career. It's been an honor to work with the team there and I've learned more in the past year than I would have imagined possible, a small sampling of which are below.

  • #!'s in URLs are forever.
  • --skip-lock-tables. For the love of dog, use --skip-lock-tables
  • Team dynamics are critical. The right combination of people in the right environment can produce some amazing outcomes and make even the most arduous environment bearable. Unfortunately, that balance is remarkably fragile. It takes very little mis-management to upset the balance and destroy morale.
  • Unicorns bleed rainbows.
  • cd -: How have I lived this long without having known about this command?
  • Mongo is wonderful until you need to do a simple join query, in which case you're looking at writing at least a hundred lines of application-layer code.
  • CDN's are insanely expensive but worth every single penny when people in Guy Fawkes masks decide to pound on your site.
  • Kanban is a wonderful management tool, created by 3M as a ploy to sell Post Its.*

Credit and disclaimers:

hook_career_alter() was originally developed by webchick. I'm just running a custom implementation of it.
* I have no proof that 3M created Kanban...but it just makes so much sense.

Barrett Thu, 07/05/2012 - 09:42