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.
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
Aug
06
A slow but reliable system for making friends

A slow but reliable system for making friends

This system works because friendship is a process that happens a little bit at a time, and then all at once. Friends are, on some level, two people who have grown used to one another.
6 min read
Jul
30
Lessons Learned from 5 years using Pivotal Tracker

Lessons Learned from 5 years using Pivotal Tracker

Everything is made up, and the points don't matter
9 min read
Jul
23
The camera had a power I hadn't expected

The camera had a power I hadn't expected

I was rewarded for being interested in things. I was rewarded for being interested in everything.
5 min read
Jul
16
Two hands against a window, with the blurry figure of their owner behind them

Work wants to own your soul

Work wants to own your need to grow, and your need to build, and your need to love.
4 min read
Jul
09
A flock of pigeons landing on a power pole crossbar

How to get more business ideas than you know what to do with

Stop thinking about generating business or product ideas. Focus on finding people who would be good customers, and talk to them regularly about their problems.
7 min read
Jul
02
Motivate people by repeating their words right back to them

Motivate people by repeating their words right back to them

Does it help me to use words that confuse people? Does it help me to spend time telling people what words they should be using instead, time I could be spending listening to them instead?
3 min read