Nat Bennett

Nat Bennett

Some have called them a software engineer. They've worked on Cloud Foundry and a few other large systems. They're also a writer, photographer, and speaker.
Oct
15
Newsletter Recommendations

Newsletter Recommendations

Here's the neighborhood you're in right now. These aren't the only newsletters I read, but they're the ones that have most influenced this one, or that I find the most consistently interesting.
4 min read
Oct
08
Conservation of Conflict

Conservation of Conflict

You can make conflict more pleasant, but only if you stop trying to get rid of it.
8 min read
Oct
01
Code is a load-bearing poem (and a pop-up newsletter)

Code is a load-bearing poem (and a pop-up newsletter)

A program is a poem that you write for two audiences: The computer, and every programmer who comes after you.
3 min read
Sep
24
Why you need a "WTF Notebook"

Why you need a "WTF Notebook"

There's a very specific reputation I want to have on a team: "Nat helps me solve my problems. Nat get things I care about done."
7 min read
Sep
17
Do you want to do things that matter, or do you want to be busy?

Do you want to do things that matter, or do you want to be busy?

Work, itself, is an opiate. And you can't do your best work when you're stoned.
9 min read
Sep
10
Some light Kubernetes skepticism

Some light Kubernetes skepticism

I'm pleased to see VMware "succeeding with success" and sticking with Cloud Foundry on BOSH for what that system is really good at: Mission critical apps.
7 min read
Sep
03
Six key skills for pair programming

Six key skills for pair programming

This article describes the key skills required to be a good pair, a pair who is productive and rewarding to pair with for most people.
10 min read
Aug
27
Engineering career ladders are made up, just like money and the government

Engineering career ladders are made up, just like money and the government

There is no god of engineering career ladders, handing down tablets to chosen prophets.
4 min read
Aug
20
A close read of the ActionDispatch::Response class

A close read of the ActionDispatch::Response class

This is a line-by-line investigation of the ActionDispatch::Response class, focused on understanding why each line is the way that
9 min read
Aug
13
A photo zine: Venice #1

A photo zine: Venice #1

It's a tiny sketch of a photobook, using the simplest possible criteria for inclusion – the first 16 pictures I made with a DSLR that don't rely on color for their effect – but it's incredibly satisfying to have shipped something.
3 min read