devICT is the largest software development community in Wichita boasting over
500 registered members. Since joining in 2012 I have taken on the
responsibility of being the director. The group covers all aspects of software
development. Our mission is:
To educate, empower, and connect software developers in the Wichita area.
My full time engagement is with the very talented team at Ardan Labs.
We specialize in the Go programming language and offer training and consulting
From February 2015 to February 2016 I was a contracting engineer at Wrecking
Ball Media Group. As a part of this team I worked on a web based
community platform for Adobe. The project utilized several different
APIs from Adobe and other vendors to create a white labeled site for connecting
and empowering creative youth.
This is a talk I presented at the first Kansas Linux Fest in March 2015.
I gave it again that month at my company’s internal roundtable and again for
devICT that July.
In Go web development the Gorilla web toolkit is a very popular
collection of libraries for common web tasks. The
provides an easy interface for using/storing users’ session data. There was no
implementation for Cassandra DB so I created one.
BDD in Go is made easier using the Ginkgo and Gomega
packages. Gomega specifically provides a collection of matchers for asserting
that results match expectations. When using these tools to test an API I was
developing I noticed some common patterns appearing around the assertion of
HTTP status codes. I created the
github.com/jcbwlkr/httpmatchers package to
simplify some of those patterns.
From October 2010 to February 2015 the majority of my development focus was
with my employer TimeIPS. We made a time and attendance system which is used by
thousands of companies around the world.
pysag is a tool I developed for generating static web apps. It differs
from other (great) static site generators like Jekyll by being focused on data
first and pages second.
In March 2013 I gave a presentation to my local development group
devICT over the different forms and uses of Regular Expressions. The
talk was just under two hours long and was well received by the audience
(approximately 25 developers). The presentation was broadcast through Google
Hangouts On Air and the video is available on YouTube.
Back in June 2014 I gave a presentation to devICT about how to use
Object Oriented Programming in PHP and Ruby. I chose this topic when I was
explaining inheritance to a friend and realized others would be interested. I
chose PHP and Ruby for examples because I was already familiar with OOP in PHP
and I wanted to learn more about Ruby’s object model.
In November 2013 I gave a short presentation to devICT about the PHP
templating engine Twig. The talk covered the basics of
installing/configuring Twig, rendering templates, and writing templates.
Startup Wichita was a grass roots effort to connect entrepreneurs in
Wichita with local people and resources. In March 2014 devICT held a
hackathon to kick-start development on the community site.
At home my desktop PC acts as a UPNP media server and is the box I use to download torrents. This machine was inconveniently located in my basement. There were many times when I would want to start a download but the only device nearby is my phone. I found that finding and downloading a torrent file then getting it to my torrent machine was a cumbersome process. Furthermore, many sites that index torrent files contain advertising that ranges from annoying to inappropriate to explicit.
LiveJournal Amnesia is a quick script I wrote to automate the
process of hiding the 200-some LiveJournal blog posts I generated in my late
teens. It uses a public gem to talk to the LiveJournal API. Check out the
README on GitHub for more info then you, too, can pretend like
you never wrote that poem Junior year!
I have a friend who travels around the country servicing natural gas pipelines.
As part of his duties he has to translate latitude / longitude coordinates into
state, township, range, and section information. He was doing this by hand
dozens of time per day. I found an API from the Department of the Interior’s
Bureau of Land Management which accepts coordinates and responds with the
exact information my friend needed.
Natural Organic Warehouse (NOW) is a distributor of organic products for
farming, gardening, and landscaping purposes. Their slogan is “better, cleaner,
sustainable choices.” Through my consulting company Tortugas Consulting,
LLC I helped to develop their online presence.
Norris Training Systems provides pre-licensing and continuing
education training to insurance agents. My consulting company Tortugas
Consulting, LLC developed their e-commerce website which allows
agents to purchase and schedule classes. Additionally agents can download
documents associated with their course and take related quizzes to prepare for
their state license exam.
Young Life Wichita (YLW) is a local chapter of the larger Young Life
organization. YLW supports local families through various charitable events and
activities. My consulting company was hired to develop an online application
where people could RSVP for different activities.
When I first read about Conway’s Game of Life I was intrigued. As an
experiment I set out to see if I could implement the game in only HTML5,
It seems like every *nix developer hosts at least their bashrc file on GitHub
and I am no exception. My repo uses the Ruby gem homesick to easily
keep my config files in sync.
When I started using Vim as my primary editor I found my second love. Its pure
efficiency combined with its extendability have yet to leave me seriously
wanting for any features. I have made some contributions back to the vim