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Who so slow? Infrequent blog posting
Long time no see
If you're a frequent or just one-off visitor to my site, you may notice from the dates of the "recent posts" on the right that my publishing new content is sporadic at best.
I enjoy writing, I find it in many ways relaxing and kind of therapeutic. I'm not saying I'm good at it, just that it's something I like doing.
In an ideal world, I would have very little I need to do with my time except program, experiment, play games, relax, drink tea and write.
Up until a couple of months ago, although I did have the many demands of life, work, my relationship, etcetera, on my hands, I did also have more time to put together tutorials or my signature long-winded ramblings about whatever (probably technology-related) nonsense I'd been thinking about lately.
This post is just a quick update and a kind of apology, however completely unnecessary and unwarranted, that I don't post on my blog more frequently, and that I can sometimes go as long as 3+ months without publishing any new content at all.
I say unwarranted apology for two reasons; first, I'm not so egotistical as to believe anyone actually gives a shit how often I post, or is avidly checking davegebler.com on a daily basis, repeatedly tapping refresh like an addict trying to get their fix of whatever.
Second, because I've always believed in quality over quantity when it comes to this sort of thing and it can take me several hours to put together a decent technical tutorial which will both perform well on Google and be sincerely useful and informative to the people who find their way to my site. I can't lie and say I've never posted some half-assed job just so it looks like I'm writing something every now and again, but for 90% of the tutorial content I really do try to make it thorough, engaging and genuinely helpful.
That means providing detailed step-by-step instructions, explanations, usually Dockerized versions or easy to install repos of the code samples.
It takes a lot of time and no one's paying me to do it.
But something more has changed in the last couple of months which has taken away a lot of the free time I have to work on these things and replaced it with something which, while it may be not quite so relaxing or therapeutic, is far more personally rewarding.
I'm a dad now.
Myself and my partner welcomed our little girl, Alyssa, in to the world in February and now we already have a two-month old baby on our hands, with all the joy and challenges that brings.
I've had to get used to nappies, bottles, tears, tantrums, smiles, projectile vomiting, most of the conversations within our household being about poop, singing made-up songs about going to sleep, more popper buttons than I can count and about a million other things which are all new to me.
And it's wonderful, but yeah....less time to write programming tutorials, technology musings and personal thoughts.
Rest assured that the blog is not abandoned and I will keep adding new content as often as I can practicably manage!
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Why type hinting an array as a parameter or return type is an anti-pattern and should be avoided.
Leveraging the power of JSON and RDBMS for a combined SQL/NoSQL approach.
Musings from a Reddit thread
Life with a newborn baby aka why I sometimes go long periods of time without making any new posts.
Maximise performance with load once scripts, kept in long-running memory