Lessons Learned at Q5id

     

I spent a little less than a year at Q5id. It was the shortest amount of time that I’ve spent with an employer. I specifically picked Q5id because the CEO already had accomplished two successful startup exits, Unicru, which was acquired by Kronos Inc. in 2006, and SureID, which was acquired by Sterling Talent in 2017. Despite this precaution, I ultimately found working for a startup full-time to be beyond my appetite for risk and moved back to employment with a larger, more established company.


Dexcom

     

I’m excited to announce that last month I started work in my new role as a Staff Software Development Engineer at Dexcom. Dexcom is a continuous glucose monitoring medical device company based out of San Diego, CA. The transition is a big change for me, for three reasons: The Staff Software position demonstrates the bifurcation of software career paths, the other software career path being management. A staff position represents a commitment to developing a deep technical knowledge of a chosen discipline.


Juggling Life

     

The last few blog posts have been a little more on the technical side, so to keep it balanced I figured I’d discuss my odyssey of juggling individual development, side-hustles, a full-time job, and raising a family. I’ll save an in-depth discussion of Kotlin Multi-Platform Project for next time. The “Hustle Lifestyle”, popularized in the early 21st century, has become something of a running joke. The Youtube channel KRAZAM even did a great two minute video lampooning the concept of the hustle in the tech world.


Swift & HackerRank (Part 2)

     

This is the second part in the series on Swift performance. If you haven’t read the first part, you can find it here. In the first part we analyzed two different implementations of Queues in Swift: one with a linked list (the list structure, non-existent in Swift, had to be created from scratch), and another from an array. What we found was that the array implementation was 500% faster than the linked list implementation.


New Year's

     

Another year in the rearview mirror. And a new year means new resolutions. But before we get to that, here is a progress report of last year’s resolutions. I was able to resume programming in the mornings like I did when I first started in software. I also completed my ESP32 FTMS cycling server (you can download the source code here). Unfortunately I was unable to resume regular, in person boardgaming (for obvious reasons).