Whisper of Data

The Power of Coding with Emotion

What can we learn from high performers in other disciplines? You have a burning passion inside you. Maybe you feel it in this moment, or maybe it’s a feeling you lost touch with lately due to circumstance. The beauty of this passion — with it, you are capable of great things. “The emotions you are feeling at this very moment are a gift, a guideline, a support system, a call to action. If

The End of ETL As We Know It

If you’re as sick of this three-letter phrase as I am, you’ll be happy to know there is a way around it. If you work in data in 2021, the acronym ETL is everywhere. Ask certain people what they do, and their whole response will be “ETL.” On LinkedIn, there are thousands of people with the title ETL Developer. It can be a noun, verb, adjective, and even a preposition. (Yes,

Beautiful Code Matters

Can you consider yourself a great developer if you aren’t producing quality code? You want to work with great code Code that makes you grow. Code that motivates you to write great code yourself. Code that demonstrates mastery of fundamental concepts. Code that reflects thoughtfulness and care by its creator. Code that inspires. Code that blows the hair you have left, straight back. But I don’t have time to write beautiful code…

The Efficiency Trap

When trying something new, most people understand they are going to suck. In order to get better, we have come to terms that consistent, dedicated practice is required. A popular rule of thumb is Malcom Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule. It takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become a master in a given domain, so it says. Not all practice is created equal though, and there are many productivity experts

Implementing a Member Recognition Program At Equinox

Every day across the 100 (and counting!) Equinox Fitness locations our members perform hundreds of thousands of user events, including facilities check-ins and participation in Personal Training, Pilates and Group Fitness classes. We love when they enjoy our facilities and services, getting one step closer to reaching their fitness goals.

Scaling AWS Redshift Concurrency with Postgres

On the surface, it would appear there is not much similar between Redshift—AWS’s cloud data warehouse service launched in 2012—and Postgres—one of the most popular open source databases first introduced in 1989. One is optimized for analytic workloads (Redshift); the other performs better when requests come as frequent, small transactions (Postgres). One is proprietary, one is open-source. One has a vertical data storage model, the other horizontal…