Short Version: Opinionated problem solver with way too much time in enterprise software.
Quote that best describes me: The most versatile “swiss army knife” I have ever worked with.
The long(ish) version….
Retired U.S. Army 19k turned engineer. Over 15 years I have evolved from a Unix Admin => QA Engineer = > DevOps Engineer => Enterprise Java Developer and back to DevOps ( I ❤ *Nix).
Insert “real life” here ….
Work / Life balance in enterprise software, that’s a HR buzz word not a reality.
After 13 years in enterprise software “something” I was fried. Anyone that knows Derek Hess could figure that our by looking at the header image ( that print is titled “Burned Out” ). Like most people my age that have had enough, I went looking for something different and I managed to find it.
Profitable startup with a solid product and great dev team, yeah score!. In the story of my life we are now 18 months ago and fast forwarding to 6 months ago.
And the point (finally, I know)
Over the next 18 months, complete 3 large application re-writes with 2 new applications on top of that using my two trusty MacBooks a shiny new espresso machine.
What goes into this blog will be the challenges along the way and my solutions to reflect back on down the road.
If something I throw up here manages to help someone else out of a jam, all the better.