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An Experiment with AI

Several months ago, in trying to automate some of my workload I accidentally found myself building a very lightweight, and limited AI bot. Of course, when we talk about AI, it’s fairly limited as it’s really nothing more than a series of scripts that key on set phrases and perform certain functions. This is why […]

You Need a REAL API Interface

I have to admit, I’m having a great time at API World. From hearing different talks and ideas, to the launch of Swagger Hub, to seeing all of the new technology surrounding APIs and integration. But as everyone rushes towards building APIs, and looks for shortcuts, it’s also important to remember that there are no […]

What the Heck Travelocity…

Very seldom do I take to my blog to rant about poor travel experiences… and trust me there’s a lot of them. From having Delta cancel tickets (the second they were reserved) to US Airways losing my seat, to having to ride in a seat covered in tomato juice with United… Yeah – I’ve had […]

Danger of Creativity in the Workplace [Video]

Presented at TEDxUCDavisSF on May 17, 2015

Why GirlsWhoCode is Important

So much of what these young ladies are saying about programming is exactly how I feel about it! Their excitement and the passion is what will drive us into the future – people who think outside the box, are dedicated, and love what they’re doing. But so many do not have the opportunity, even to […]

RAML Merge

RAML Merge is a command line PHP script used to merge all RAML !includes into a single file for distribution or testing with services such as Postman. To merge files with the command line (PHP must be installed) simply run the script with a source file argument, like so: Remember to use the full path […]

API Meetup Groups

The following is a work in progress. Please contact me if you know of a good group to add to this list. Thanks! Address  --Search By City--Los Angeles, CASan Francisco, CADenver, CoWashington, DCMiami, FLChicago, ILBoston, MABaltimore, MDDetroit, MIMinneapolis, MNNew York, NYNashville, TNAustin, TXDallas, TXHouston, TXAmerican Fork, UTSeattle, WA Radius 1 mi5 mi10 mi25 mi50 mi100 […]

Code on Demand… Today.

“Sometimes I feel that ‘over-engineering’ is this disease that is running wild in our industry and as architects we need to be on the constant watch to quickly eliminate it whenever encountered.” – Drew Jaegle, in response to API Best Practices: The Wrap Up Last week Jason Harmon asked me if there were any good […]

We want Diversity – As long as its the Same!

diversity, adjective: showing a great deal of variety; very different. No matter how hard they try, it seems like PHPUK (at no fault of their own) just cannot avoid a gender controversy.  In 2013 it was Web and PHP Magazine’s t-shirt debacle (a situation that was handled poorly all the way around), and this year- the […]

A Response to the Harassment of Female Tech Leaders

Before I jump into my thoughts, I wanted to throw out a quick disclaimer. Very seldom do I jump into this debate, just because it usually ends up with more angry tweets and comments than I care to read.  I also want to point out that I consider Amy to be an amazing woman, and […]

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