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Rocky Warren's blog.

Principal Engineer and Architect at Vertex. I do other stuff too.


Kotlin: First Impressions

March 03, 2020

I played around with Kotlin recently and was pretty impressed. It seems like they took the best parts of C#, Scala, and Go. Here's a quick…

Scala: The Good Parts

March 02, 2020

Scala allows you to accomplish tasks in different ways. I recently gave a talk explaining some of the more readable, maintainable approaches…

When IntelliJ Loses Its Mind, Run This

March 01, 2020

Occasionally, IntelliJ goes haywire and won't run your project or tests. Next time this happens, close IntelliJ, run the script below in…

Use a Script to Call It a Day

October 07, 2019

One of the cons of working from home is deciding when enough is enough. It’s all too easy to get sucked into a problem, lose track of time…

Serverless Webhooks Talk

May 22, 2019

In March, Dwolla updated its webhooks to a serverless architecture, improving their timeliness, configurability, cost and reliability. Watch…

Del Rio to Big Bend, The Wild West

May 15, 2017

Waking up in Del Rio, I haul my stuff down to the bike, drop my key card in the motel office, and grab a half cup of coffee. It's been…

My Tentative Route Across the Country

April 24, 2017

I dismissed the idea of renting a motorcycle for this trip early on because it's expensive. I rented one for a visiting friend last year and…

Motorcycling Across America

April 10, 2017

Who doesn't love a good adventure? There's something fascinating about submerging yourself in new experiences and leaving the comfort of…