The blog ofJonathan Pepin

Move fast and break things?...

2018-09-11

...or move slow and be safe? There are two main schools of thoughts. First, "move fast and break things". I'm using an adage that means something else, but at the same time I feel like this represents well this...

An engineering guide to client calls

2018-08-24

I started a creative and engineering studio with my fiancee, so I had a fair amount calls with potential clients recently. Some went well. Some went wrong. Some felt like they went wrong, but went well. Most of the calls...

Notes from The Little Book Of Common Sense Investing [raw]

2018-07-07

SUCCESSFUL INVESTING IS ALL about common sense. As Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha, has said, it is simple, but it is not easy. the winning strategy for investing in stocks is to own all of the nation’s publicly held...

Don't do growth hacking

2018-07-06

Too many early stage startups ask me about "the secrets of growth hacking". They want to know what hacks they can put in place to gain customers and grow. Looking for the one trick that will finally unlock their hockey...

Notes from How To Win Friends And Influence People (Self-Improvement Series) [raw]

2018-07-04

"My popularity, my happiness and sense of worth depend to no small extent upon my skill in dealing with people." ## Part 1 - Fundamental Techniques In Handling People When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing...

Notes from Deep Work by Cal Newport [raw]

2018-06-15

“In my retiring room I am by myself,” Jung said Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard...

React is NOT the new jQuery (Vue is)

2018-06-11

I've heard a few people argue that "React is the new jQuery". I think this is plain wrong on so many levels and I want to touch on two specific points. ## jQuery was (and is) great A few years...

Counting

2018-05-30

this post is still a draft as I'm working on the examples design and ux We don't often think (or know) about it, but our everyday use of numbers is only one representation of values amongst many. If I ask...

Migrate Rails 5 from Sqlite3 to Postgres on Ubuntu 16

2018-05-10

Prepare Rails and local environment First, let's install postgres. On Mac, brew install postgres should do the trick. On other systems, looks at the Postgres official install page (https://www.postgresql.org/download/). Then, switch the Rails app to using Postgres. In your Gemfile,...

Automated Deploys for Rails 5, Puma, NGINX, Ubuntu 16 with Capistrano on Digital Ocean.

2018-05-02

What is the problem 1. Local and Prod work differently. Once you have a Rails app working locally, a lot of setup has to be done to get the app in production 2. PaaS like Heroku automate everything for...