- 23 Mar 2017 »
I've released go-script-bash v1.4.0, another large update that includes massive test performance improvements, amongst other significant new features
- 08 Mar 2017 »
My presentation of "The Rainbow of Death" at DevOpsDays Baltimore
2017 went really, really well; the slides and full narrative are available here!
- 06 Mar 2017 »
The DevOpsDays Baltimore live stream details are posted, so tune in at 9:15am
on March 8 to catch The Rainbow of Death!
- 03 Mar 2017 »
"The Rainbow of Death" talk I'm giving at DevOpsDays Baltimore this
Wednesday, March 8 at 9:15am ET is promising to be the best talk I've yet
- 20 Feb 2017 »
I'll be keynoting DevOpsDays Baltimore on March 8, I've made updates to my
portfolio page, and I've some updates on go-script-bash v1.4.0 and more.
- 07 Feb 2017 »
This blog now features a Let's Encrypt certificate with HPKP, and I hope to
share insights and tooling that may be of use to others.
- 31 Jan 2017 »
Staying busy as a coping mechanism has given way to frustration and outrage
that I'm struggling to put to good use.
- 24 Jan 2017 »
I've delivered an updated version of my "documentation and training" talk at
Royall & Company at the invitation of Isaac Truett
- 16 Jan 2017 »
I've just released go-script-bash v1.3.0, which is a massive update, especially for logging and automated testing features
- 27 Nov 2016 »
I've just released go-script-bash v1.1.0, which adds some major new features, two new builtin commands, and multiple bug fixes and internal improvements.
- 17 Nov 2016 »
I was forcefully reminded of the wages of complacency last night, in a rather
intense, personal fashion. I'm ready to act.
- 04 Nov 2016 »
Some background on the .about.yml project metadata format prompted by an
unexpected inquiry from the TODO Group.
- 21 Oct 2016 »
The video of the Surge 2016 version of "The Convergence of Wills",
probably my favorite iteration of the talk so far, is now available. Plus a
bonus go-script-bash lightning talk!
- 20 Oct 2016 »
I believe Donald Trump embodies the worst of everything that is wrong about
the United States of America, about men, and about humanity in general. We
must not elect him.
- 05 Oct 2016 »
Just posted a "Hello, World!" example for the new
ReactionMessage type I added to the
- 04 Oct 2016 »
James Comey's George Washington Leadership Lecture was one of the most
outstanding speeches I've ever heard in my life.
- 29 Sep 2016 »
Gene Kim posted about the appearance of "The Birth of Automated Testing at
Google in 2005" in the upcoming DevOps Handbook.
- 19 Sep 2016 »
I'll be delivering "The Convergence of Wills" one more time at
Surge 2016 this Friday at 11am.
- 16 Sep 2016 »
I've been obsessed with writing a framework for ./go scripts in Bash, and have just released v1.0.0.
- 23 Aug 2016 »
One more iteration on the Google Testing Grouplet story, this time tailored
to Netflix's culture of "Freedom and Responsibility".
- 16 Jun 2016 »
I delivered a talk on the importance of documentation and training to the
culture change mission during the Chadevs weekly lunch Meetup.
- 15 Jun 2016 »
I delivered a talk Monday, am halfway through the automated testing workshops,
and will be live streaming another talk Thursday at noon.
- 10 Jun 2016 »
Links to the video and slides of my "The Convergence of Wills
(abridged)" talk, as well as an extra surprise.
- 07 Jun 2016 »
A last minute announcement of my DevOpsDays DC talk and upcoming unit testing
workshop in Chattanooga.
- 03 May 2016 »
Here are the slides to my Beyond20'16 presentation, "The Convergence of
- 26 Apr 2016 »
I've resigned from 18F, am taking some time off, and am speaking at the
Beyond20'16 conference next week.
- 27 Jan 2016 »
I've written a Slack bot in Node.js that files GitHub issues, and a unit
testing tutorial in Node.js based on the bot.
- 05 Jan 2016 »
The third and final post of my "Turning learning up to eleven"
trilogy, focusing on knowledge sharing, is now on the 18F blog.
- 04 Jan 2016 »
The second post of my "Turning learning up to eleven" trilogy,
focusing on transparent internal operations, is now on the 18F blog.
- 30 Dec 2015 »
The first post of my "Turning learning up to eleven" trilogy is now
on the 18F blog.
- 09 Dec 2015 »
Sometimes, when inspiration strikes, it isn't pretty; in fact, it can be
downright painful and horrid. Please don't read this post.
- 06 Dec 2015 »
My work to improve knowledge sharing at 18F is paying off, and I aim to make
thieving bastards of us all.
- 06 Nov 2015 »
The video for my talk at the 2015 DevOps Enterprise conference, in which I
talk about Google and 18F, is now available on YouTube
- 11 Jul 2015 »
I seemed to pop up all over the place this week: at the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau; in online government press; and at Christopher Newport
- 15 Jun 2015 »
My latest 18F blog post about our ever-evolving onboarding process, "Building a better welcome wagon" is now posted.
- 08 Jun 2015 »
After a bit of hunting and poking around, I got my Plan 9 virtual machine on the net, installed the Go programming language, and made good on a promise.
- 07 Jun 2015 »
I've finally gotten Plan 9 and its rio windowing system running successfully under VMware Fusion 7.1.1 on OS X 10.10.3 and feel like shouting about it.
- 03 Jun 2015 »
I've written a new 18F blog post describing my experience using Bitly's
oauth2_proxy for the 18F Hub and contributing code changes back to it.
- 02 Jun 2015 »
Billy Mitchell from FedScoop covered 18F Guides in a brief article late yesterday, providing a little more context around the vision.
- 28 May 2015 »
My post announcing 18F Guides has been published on the 18F blog, describing our goals and ambitions for this collection of documents.
- 27 May 2015 »
I delivered a talk to the Arlington Ruby Meetup describing my work on the Jekyll-based 18F Hub and 18F Pages web sites.
- 14 May 2015 »
I posted an announcement of 18F Pages, our government-approved reimplementation of GitHub Pages.
- 22 Feb 2015 »
A number of initiatives that I've started within 18F have been taking off, with more to come.
- 21 Jan 2015 »
The White House just launched its U.S. Digital Service recruiting website, in which I play a small but proud role.
- 08 Jan 2015 »
I've been awarded a January 2015 "Flushy" award for being the first Xoogler (ex-Googler) to write Google Testing on the Toilet episodes.
- 23 Dec 2014 »
I finally reveal the 18F Hub, the reason I've been in Fixit Mode since joining 18F two months ago.
- 17 Dec 2014 »
I've posted another 18F blog entry introducing the 18F-flavored version of snippets to the world.
- 11 Dec 2014 »
My first-ever blog post for 18F is now live, announcing my "Large Scale Development Culture Change" webinar.
- 05 Dec 2014 »
The webinar video from my December 2, 2014 delivery of "Large Scale Development Culture Change" at the GSA via DigitalGov
- 27 Nov 2014 »
Quick updates on my progress as part of 18F, and "Large Scale Culture Change: Google and the US Government" at the GSA on Dec 2
- 29 Sep 2014 »
I'm moving to Washington, D.C. to join the 18F team, to help change how development is done throughout the Federal government.
- 11 Aug 2014 »
I've produced a report on the early, promising results of my OpenSSL makefile refactoring experiment, in which I was successful using GNU make.
- 22 Jul 2014 »
I paid a visit to Washington, D.C. this past week, gave a tech talk on unit testing and culture change, and was amazed at the positive energy there.
- 30 Jun 2014 »
My original "goto fail" article has been published online and in print by the Communications of the ACM, the flagship journal of the ACM.
- 26 Jun 2014 »
I'm experimenting with refactoring OpenSSL's existing recursive Make structure into a top-Makefile-with-includes structure.
- 16 Jun 2014 »
I've dropped out of Berklee a second time, both to pace myself and pursue programming again for a little while.
- 06 Jun 2014 »
To launch the effort to add unit/automated tests to OpenSSL, I've created OpenSSL wiki pages and created the openssl-testing Google Group
- 05 Jun 2014 »
While writing the tests for the "goto fail" and Heartbleed bugs, I stumbled upon an xUnit-like pattern for writing tests without a framework.
- 02 Jun 2014 »
The OpenSSL team has accepted my offer to help improve its unit/automated testing, and now I'm recruiting people to help in the effort.
- 19 May 2014 »
Thanks to Ben Laurie, my unit/regression test for the Heartbleed bug has been commited to the central OpenSSL source repository.
- 13 May 2014 »
My original "goto fail" article has been published online by ACM Queue.
- 12 May 2014 »
Martin Fowler invited me to contribute an article to his website making a case for unit testing in the wake of "goto fail" and Heartbleed.
- 06 May 2014 »
The Google Testing on the Toilet team has published my episode about the Heartbleed bug, and other fronts are showing signs of progress
- 22 Apr 2014 »
A letter to cybersecurity expert Dan Geer regarding the role of unit testing in helping to avoid errors in security-critical software
- 15 Apr 2014 »
The Google Testing on the Toilet team has published my episode about the Apple SSL bug, and I explain why this is for the greater social good.
- 13 Apr 2014 »
A Testing on the Toilet-inspired article about the Heartbleed bug and how it could have been prevented
- 12 Apr 2014 »
I've written a complete proof-of-concept unit and regression test for the Heartbleed bug, and am pretty happy with it
- 12 Apr 2014 »
I wrote a rough skeleton of a proof-of-concept unit test for the Heartbleed bug that I hope to polish and complete over the weekend
- 09 Apr 2014 »
The Heartbleed bug has me seeing red just as much as Apple's SSL bug did, because it's another serious bug that could've been caught by a test
- 25 Mar 2014 »
Turns out I couldn't let the Apple SSL bug go quite yet, as I've submitted an article to Communications of the ACM for consideration
- 19 Mar 2014 »
Hopefully the Apple SSL bug is out of my system, having given an AutoTest Boston lightning talk and written a Testing on the Toilet-esque article
- 17 Mar 2014 »
Wrote a new script to update the tags for the playingthechanges.com MP3 files before importing them into iTunes, and accepted a challenge from David Plass
- 14 Mar 2014 »
My programming skills still come into play at Berklee, as I wrote a Python script to download the MP3 files from the Playing the Changes website
- 04 Mar 2014 »
I've published a new article on AutoTest Central about the Testing Grouplet's Small, Medium, and Large test size schema, and more on the Apple bug.
- 25 Feb 2014 »
Apple's recent SSL security bug compelled me to write a blog post for AutoTest Central illustrating how unit testing could've helped prevent it
- 05 Feb 2014 »
I spoke at the first Automated Testing Boston Meetup event, and have just posted on the AutoTest Central blog in the hopes of being useful
- 03 Dec 2013 »
The recent Go 1.2 release contains genius test coverage features, but the announcement illustrating them contains an annoying flaw
- 30 Nov 2013 »
Another Rob Galanakis-inspired post, a reflection on the nature and value of teamwork in the context of my Testing Grouplet and Fixit experiences
- 28 Nov 2013 »
Rob Galanakis, in one brief blog post, points exactly to what made my past Google Testing Grouplet experiences so special and powerful
- 11 Sep 2013 »
A call for advice and other forms of help regarding my nascent musical career at Berklee
- 26 Aug 2013 »
A reflection on my experiences at Berklee to date, including the realization that music and language are isomorphic human activities
- 17 Apr 2013 »
After the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, I consider my good fortune and the suffering of others, and reaffirm my dedication to music
- 07 Mar 2013 »
Extracting the album artwork for Jimi Hendrix's "People, Hell & Angels" from iTunes 11, using vim to change the binary ITC file format to JPEG
- 18 Feb 2013 »
There are many better uses of my time than getting sucked into writing demented Python scripts for Mac OS X. That doesn't seem to matter, always.
- 31 Jan 2013 »
It was five years ago today that the Build Tools team, Testing Technology, and Testing Grouplet taught the band to play with Blaze, Forge, and SrcFS
- 16 Jan 2013 »
Tuition is paid, new ID card is in-hand, and I'm all set to start classes at Berklee College of Music next week
- 11 Jan 2013 »
How to create a rechargeable 9V power supply for guitar effects pedals, based on advice from The Gear Page
- 11 Jan 2013 »
Tips on how this blog is organized and navigated so folks can tune into the signals they are interested in and filter out the rest
- 04 Jan 2013 »
Modifying the MXR Micro Amp for True Bypass switching, requiring tricky circuit board surgery due to its original surface-mount DPDT switch
- 07 Dec 2012 »
The United Nations International Telecommunication Union is meeting to consider sanctioning Internet taxes and regulations, and I aim to misbehave
- 22 Nov 2012 »
A few things I'm thankful for this year, especially in the wake of the 2012 United States election
- 27 Oct 2012 »
A thought experiment regarding potential criticisms of my blog, in light of a comment by Rob Galanakis on my Leaving Google post
- 26 Oct 2012 »
The reasons I decided to leave Google, why I decided to return to music and Berklee, and why I've written so much about Google in this blog
- 23 Oct 2012 »
The second Fixit I organized to promote widespread adoption of automated developer testing throughout Google Engineering
- 10 Oct 2012 »
The first Fixit I organized to promote widespread adoption of automated developer testing throughout Google Engineering
- 03 Oct 2012 »
Announcement of the licensing of all blog posts on Mike Bland's blog under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
- 01 Oct 2012 »
The specific tools the Testing Grouplet, Testing Tech, Build Tools and others developed to improve testing development and efficiency at Google
- 25 Sep 2012 »
Comprehensive notes on maintaining a personal computer backup strategy, based on my Mac OS X experience
- 18 Sep 2012 »
A personal reflection on the 2012 United States Presidential election, the current United States political and social climate, and Jimi Hendrix
- 13 Sep 2012 »
The collection of processes Google uses for ensuring software quality, including automated developer testing as promoted by the Testing Grouplet
- 11 Sep 2012 »
The basics of how automated tests should--and should not--be written, as promoted by the Testing Grouplet at Google
- 05 Sep 2012 »
In the middle of moving to Boston, I find an old email to friends sent at the beginning of my adventures with the Testing Grouplet at Google.
- 01 Sep 2012 »
I learn that I'm still a programmer after writing tools in Ruby and Go to help publish my blog, which I've also now published on Google Code.
- 20 Aug 2012 »
Fighting back against critics of automated developer testing in light of the Testing Grouplet et. al.'s impact on Google engineering
- 16 Aug 2012 »
The fundamental object-oriented programming issues which produced Google's testing challenges and the solutions promoted by the Testing Grouplet
- 10 Aug 2012 »
The high-level cultural challenges to the adoption of automated developer testing at Google which the Testing Grouplet worked to overcome
- 13 Jul 2012 »
Everything I've been saying and will say in this blog about the Testing Grouplet, Test Certified, and Fixits at Google, compressed
- 10 Jul 2012 »
A team of engineers within Google dedicated to helping development teams participate in the Testing Grouplet's Test Certified program
- 21 Jun 2012 »
The homegrown continuous integration and test system that powered the Testing Grouplet's Test Certified program at Google before TAP
- 31 May 2012 »
The Great American Road Trip is long since over, I've semi-retired from the tech industry, and I've decided to return to Berklee College of Music.
- 17 Feb 2012 »
After driving through Montana and Wyoming during my Great American Road Trip, I better understand Dog Day Afternoon.
- 10 Feb 2012 »
Highlights of my Great American Road Trip from Memphis to Boise
- 01 Feb 2012 »
My pilgrimage to the birtplace of Rock 'N Roll during my Great American Road Trip
- 31 Jan 2012 »
Back home in Virginia for the second day of my Great American Road Trip
- 30 Jan 2012 »
My Great American Road Trip begins, as I take the PATH to Hoboken and drive to Harrisburg, PA, then cave in and announce the trip on Google+.
- 02 Dec 2011 »
The before-and-after picture of the Testing Grouplet et. al.'s impact on Google Engineering
- 03 Nov 2011 »
Publicly-facing details about Google to which I contributed in a significant way
- 01 Nov 2011 »
The Testing Grouplet's terminology for getting Google engineers to think about the different scopes of automated tests
- 25 Oct 2011 »
The Testing Grouplet's weekly publication for spreading testing news and views throughout Google, in the most opportune of places
- 24 Oct 2011 »
The New York Times reports on a Waldorf elementary school in which children of Googlers are enrolled.
- 18 Oct 2011 »
The Testing Grouplet's program for promoting good automated developer testing practices throughout Google Engineering
- 17 Oct 2011 »
This is where to go if you're wondering what's on my mind that I haven't written about yet.
- 11 Oct 2011 »
T-shirts: The worst schwag ever. Trust me. Just Say No!
- 04 Oct 2011 »
Fixits, when engineers throughout Google focus on back-burner issues for a day--and, more importantly, Fixit schwag
- 27 Sep 2011 »
The grassroots volunteer team which made automated developer testing a core practice of Google engineering culture--and had fun doing it
- 20 Sep 2011 »
Google Engineering Grouplets, aka Intergroups, Intergrouplets: Volunteers using their 20% time to make Google Engineering better
- 11 Sep 2011 »
A good cause, despite the gag-inducing ego-tripping
- 02 Sep 2011 »
I give up. Resistance is futile. I signed up for Google+.
- 25 Jul 2010 »
Nobody "un-likes" the Bastille! Nobody "un-friends" the Bastille! Nobody "un-follows" the Bastille!
- 19 Jun 2010 »
Reflections on Apple's impact from a Linux-based programmer
- 05 Jun 2010 »
Impressions of the first Hacks and Hackers Meetup in NYC