Hi, I'm Rob Conery

I am the author of The Imposter's Handbook, founder of Big Machine, and a software developer living in Seattle. I also host and produce the podcast This Developer's Life with my friend Scott Hanselman.

Thinking In Events With Firebase
Image credit: CCPixs.com The first two posts in this series were philosophical musings on "why serverless" and "why not serverless". With this post let's write some code. Rules...? I was talking with Matthias Brandewinder recently at NDC Oslo. He does a lot of serverless stuff, but mostly with Azure
Should I Trust Firebase? Of Course Not!
In the last post I discussed my initial foray into the serverless thing, and why going with other platforms (AWS Lambda, Webtask.io, etc) didn't make sense at the time. I've received a number of comments since then, specifically about this post which details how one company had their costs
Kicking The Tires On This Serverless Thing
I just released a video series about building a serverless application with Firebase, and I thought I would write it up in a blog series as well. I think it's worth reading and understanding what I went through. This is Part 1 of that series. The Punchline Before doing this
Writing A Book Is Frustratingly Addictive
I really enjoyed writing The Imposter's Handbook, as well as making the videos. I can say that now because it's done with and the human mind has an amazing ability to cull things negative. So, naturally, I'm doing it again. I have a fun idea for my next little project.
Diversity and Speaking
I just returned from NDC London 2017 and, as always, had a lovely time. The conference is consistently well-run and I can't recommend it enough. One of the things I particularly enjoyed was the qualititive difference in the energy this year. The NDC team decided to do more this year
Writing A Book: The Imposter's Handbook
Update: The Book Is Available Now I've setup a pre-release for the book which you can buy now. You'll receive all updates as they become available! I was in the middle of a conversation with a friend the other week and we started debating some data access nonsense. This friend
Yet Another Fork In The Road
I'm headed out on my own once again, and no, there's no drama here. Pluralsight has decided to venture into a realm of training that I'm just not qualified for (enterprise) so they were good enough to let me go off and do my own thing again. I think that's
Red4 Store Part 5: Fun With Phoenix, OTP, and Agents
Before I get to the meat of this post, the code for what I've written so far is up here. The main bits are in /apps/peach. Stumbling a Bit I've had a hard time over the last few weeks trying to figure out what's going on with this little
JSONB and PostgreSQL: Work Faster By Ditching Migrations
Migrations are a simple mechanism whereby you script out some change commands for your ORM, and that ORM then builds your database for you. To me, this is pure insanity. I dislike ORMs (accept, of course, for LLBLGenPro, which is astoundingly good). Trusting your ORM to build a proper database
Red:4 Store Part 4: The First Problem - Atoms
I was asked a great question on Slack the other day - I wish I could remember the person's name (sorry!) but I can't find it ... anyway they asked me (paraphrased): I see you're creating a new process for each session by generating a unique key. Given that process names