Progress is a lake, not a line

When people describe progress, they often describe it in terms of a linear progression taking us from primitive to advanced — an idea or invention occurs as a singular event, and somewhere further down the line of time a new idea or invention completely replaces it, relegating the old to the annals of history. This viewpoint is exemplified by traditional worldviews that organize all beings according to a chain of evolution, sometimes called the “great chain of being” (or scala naturae)....

June 1, 2022 · 3 min · Kevin Sookocheff
Wake

Handling the rudder as an organization grows

In a shopping cart, the swivel wheels of the cart are set in the front, and the fixed wheels are set in the back. Now picture yourself pushing a shopping cart backwards. Almost naturally, you swivel the cart to move the front end to one side or the other before beginning to push the cart. Now picture yourself pushing a shopping cart backwards, on an ice rink. Here, the cart keeps sliding around even after you’ve stopped pushing it....

January 15, 2021 · 4 min · Kevin Sookocheff
Wake

Vendor Management is a Core Competency

Building and running a successful company requires an immense amount of work and talent. It also requires focus. Companies cannot try and solve problems with new and innovative techniques everywhere they operate. It is important to understand the areas your company should innovate in, and outside of that scope, use existing standards and off-the-shelf software as much as possible. There is only so much innovation that a company (or the market) is willing to bear and walking that line is a key factor in developing a successful product on time and budget....

March 21, 2019 · 3 min · Kevin Sookocheff

IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and Infrastructure

Infrastructure is undergoing a significant paradigm shift. At my first job as a software developer, scaling our infrastructure meant buying a physical machine and installing it in a rack, setting up the system images and base software by hand, configuring the network using some shell scripts, and finally, making it available for developers to install software. Now, with the advent of cloud computing, the same capabilities — installing and running software — are available on-demand....

October 23, 2018 · 8 min · Kevin Sookocheff

Being Good Enough

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Confucius We all want to have a perfect product, a perfect system, and a perfect development story. Unfortunately, reality is … reality. And it’s not perfect. One of the biggest struggles of engineering well is understanding the constant push and pull among the forces that govern the “rest of the business”, and governing your technological and development choices accordingly....

January 31, 2017 · 1 min · Kevin Sookocheff

Thoughts On Google Cloud Platform Next

I was fortunate enough to attend Google Cloud Platform Next last week and wanted to summarize a few of my thoughts on the conference. As I sat down to analyze the event, I found a few distinct themes that I would like to expand on. Multi-Cloud Google is serious about multi-cloud support for their monitoring and integration products. As a cynic, if Google wants to steal customers from Amazon, offering tools to aid the transition is in their best interest....

March 28, 2016 · 3 min · Kevin Sookocheff

The Five Stages of NoSQL

Imagine a fledgling software startup consisting of one or two developers. They are following the lean startup methodology by throwing ideas and implementations at a wall to see what sticks. This methodology demands keeping your application as simple as possible until you find the optimum market. An on-going concern for the developers is finding a simple, flexible way to store application data: NoSQL or SQL? The NoSQL database offers a premium out-of-the-box experience: install a package, start the database, and post and retrieve data using a JSON API....

February 28, 2016 · 4 min · Kevin Sookocheff

Working From Home: A Retrospective

I’ve spent the past eight months working from home thanks to some great support from my employer, allowing me to support my wife and children and still contribute as a meaningful employee. Working from home with four small children and a loving and supportive wife has brought its fair share of both challenges and delights. This post will describe the working from home experience and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. ...

September 18, 2014 · 7 min · Kevin Sookocheff

Stripe checkout opening in a new tab

At VendAsta we’ve been integrating with the Stripe payment system using Stripe Checkout. The experience has been completely painless and surprisingly simple. Then came a hiccup. While demoing the new functionality we found that one particular computer in the office would open the checkout modal dialog in a new browser window. Just one laptop. It was running the same version of Chrome that we were developing on. It was running the same OS as a working test machine. But the dialog would consistently open in a new browser window on just this one laptop. ...

March 25, 2014 · 1 min · Kevin Sookocheff

Photos is the Killer Feature of Google+

Yesterday’s Google I/O keynote unveiled some new features in Music, Maps and Search. But to me the biggest and most important announcement was the new Google+ photo features. Full-size high-resolution photos, automatic highlights of entire albums, automatic enhancement and auto-awesome combine to make Google+ the most feature packed photo hosting service on the web. Add the ability to share pictures with anyone via e-mail (take that Facebook) and Google+ is now the best social network to host and share photos. ...

May 16, 2013 · 1 min · Kevin Sookocheff