What's the Right Way to Merge a Pull Request?

Edit: In the discussion on /r/programming a comment from /u/nik9000 pointed me at what I think is the best solution. GitHub has a feature where the PR submitter can allow me to push directly to their fork. This means I can effectively edit their PR directly by checking it out and force pushing back to their fork of the repo! Apparently this has existed for a while but I didn’t notice it.

My Perl and Raku Conference 2022 Write-Up

I went to The Perl and Raku Conference 2022 in Houston from June 22-24. Here’s my write-up. Again, I’d like to thank my employer, MongoDB, for paying for my flight and hotel during the conference. We’re hiring for a variety of engineering positions, with many remote options. Contact me if you have any questions about the company or positions, and I’ll see what I can do to find out more.

Job Search 2022 Update: Postscript

I’ve been at MongoDB for six weeks now and it’s been great. BTW, we’re hiring and we have a lot of remote engineering positions1. Please email me if you have questions about working at MongoDB or about specific positions2. But that’s not why I’m writing this post. No, I’m writing because apparently my job search wasn’t quite done. Today. Today! TODAY! I got an email from GitHub saying that the position I applied for had been filled:

Restoring Window Positions in GNOME After Switching Monitor Inputs

I suspect that this title makes no sense to most people, so here’s the background. Like most normal people, I have four1 computers in my office. I used to have three, but that was shameful, so I was very relieved to get a new laptop for my new job at MongoDB. A while back, I bought a USB switching device with a remote. This eliminated the need to physically switch my USB hub’s cable from one computer to another.

Software Job Search 2022 Retrospective: Coding Challenges

I did a lot of coding and design challenges during my recent job search! A lot a lot. And I have some thoughts about them. Want to read all about my job search? Here’s a list of past posts: Week 1 Week 1.1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 The Last One I mostly have thoughts about the coding challenges. The design challenges were pretty much what you’d expect.

Job Search 2022 Update: The Last One

Assuming nothing unexpected and unhappy happens, this will be my final Job Search 2022 update. I accepted the offer from MongoDB and I start in a few weeks! Thanks again to David Golden for reaching out to me about MongoDB way back in early March. Ultimately, my thinking came down to a decision between startups and public companies. I realized that given my age and my early retirement goal, I can best achieve that goal by focusing on higher total compensation that’s more secure1, rather than going for another startup lottery ticket.

Job Search 2022 Update: Week 5

It’s week 5 and my brain is tired. Fortunately, I think I’m near the end. My current plan is to decide by Friday, April 15. I suspect that some of the companies I’m talking to won’t be in a position to make an offer then, but I already have some good offers, I want to finish this process, and there’s a limit to how long I can ask people to wait for me to decide.

Job Search 2022 Update: Week 4

Has it been four weeks? I can’t remember. I’ve been told there was a time before the interviews, before the coding challenges, before the system design questions. But I can’t remember. That life is gone, lost in the haze. All I have now is the interviews, the endless stream of questions and scheduling requests. My only hope now is that this infinity will end, but how can infinity end? That’s the paradox that consumes my waking thoughts.

Yet Another GitHub Profile Generator

A number of the companies I’ve been interviewing with are using Guide to create an “interview guide” that they send to candidates. I really like this. It includes information about the interview topic, interviewer profiles, and relevant links to pages on the company website and/or blog. For one company, an interviewer profile linked to that person’s GitHub profile, so I took a look. Instead of the standard profile, they have a custom thing with lots of fun stats about their activity on GitHub.

Job Search 2022 Update: Week 3

Week 3 of my job search has come to a close, and boy is my brain tired! I’m looking forward to starting a new job just so I can do something less exhausting than interviewing all week. I had a lot of interviews (and a homework assignment) this week, but first, here’s where I stand with various places … First, the list of shame, which is those companies that have not responded after more than two weeks: