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Surface Book 2 For Development

Written by Stefan Koopmanschap / Original link on Apr. 22, 2018

Over the past month and a half I've been trying to fully switch to a new work machine. Instead of my trusty MacBook Pro, I've mostly been working with a Microsoft Surface Book 2. Here's my lessons of this period. Context Let's start with a bit of context. Over the past 10+ years I've been using App…


Mental Health First Aid

Written by Stefan Koopmanschap / Original link on Apr. 20, 2018

It was TrueNorthPHP conference in 2013 that I first saw Ed Finkler speak. It was his Open Sourcing Mental Illness talk. This talk has meant so much to me on so many levels, but one of the things I took away from that talk was the existence of Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First Aid is basi…


3 weeks without coffee

Written by Stefan Koopmanschap / Original link on Mar. 18, 2018

Three weeks ago I decided that was going to take a break from coffee. Every once in a while I take a break from certain things, or try to minimize their usage. Some months ago I minimized the amount of soft drinks I was drinking, and 3 weeks ago it was time to quit coffee. I wanted to break the hab…



A rant about best practices

Written by Stefan Koopmanschap / Original link on Jan. 10, 2018

I have yet to talk to a developer that has told me that they were purposefully writing bad software. I think this is something that is part of being a developer, that you write software that is as good as you can possibly make it within the constraints that you have. In our effort to write the Best…