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
2017-06-22
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!
2017-06-07
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
2017-06-05
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
2017-04-20
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
2017-01-24
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
2016-07-03
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
2016-05-10
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
2016-03-15
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
2016-02-26
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
2016-02-19
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