James Slocum


A random collection of thoughts on a variety of topics

“Website Reboot”


Well, I would ask where the last 5 years went, but she is running around with a crown on pretending to freeze me because she just watched Frozen 2. However, I have decided to make the time to refresh my website, finally add SSL, update the stack it runs on, and change how I manage my blog. Overall I think this new, cleaner look is refreshing, and improves the aesthetics. One nice feature of my new stack is that now I can blog directly on my server, and not need to go to Tumblr. I can also iterate faster then with my old stack, which was built on Ruby.

Looking back at my analytics data, my most viewed blog posts have been my "teaching" posts. Specifically, my post on UDP has been my biggest hit. Given this my goal moving forward will be to do more posts on the subject of networking, threading, and other "complicated" topics. I really enjoy making posts like this because it has the fantastic side effect of showing me where my own knowledge is lacking. Many times I sit down to write a post and I realize that I only have a rudimentary idea of what I am trying to show. Usually I have learned enough about something in order to use it effectively in my job, but not necessary well enough to teach it to someone else. By forcing myself to teach it to someone else, I also fill in the gaps in my own knowledge and become a more well rounded engineer as a result.

During my hiatus from my website I was able to complete another video course for Packt publishing called C++ Standard Template Library in Practice. In it I cover the fundamentals and usage of the standard library, with a focus on things added in C++11, 14 and 17. I even give a C++20 preview. If your interested in learning how to use the standard library to make your C++ programs more concise, I recommend this course. It is also available on Udemy as well.

Last time I posted, I mentioned that I was heavily involved in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is still very true to this day. In fact I started a club at my company, and it was even featured in a video. You can check it out on Youtube here.

Well, that's all for my update for now. I'm going to get to work on my next technical blog and see where that takes me. Hopefully I will get some posts out before my schedule becomes too crazy again. Thanks for checking out my new site!

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