Hi, I'm Rob Conery

I am a software developer living in Seattle. I specialize in web development but I am currently shifting my focus a bit towards backend systems and databases. I host and produce the podcast This Developer's Life with my friend Scott Hanselman.

Yet Another Fork In The Road
May 11 2016

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.

Red4 Store Part 5: Fun With Phoenix, OTP, and Agents
March 16 2016

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.

JSONB and PostgreSQL: Work Faster By Ditching Migrations
February 27 2016

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 is ... kind of weird to me. SQL is terser, more expressive and (as it turns out) just right for the job.

Red:4 Store Part 4: The First Problem - Atoms
February 20 2016

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):

Red:4 Store Part 3 - Saving Session Data
February 17 2016

Let's implement an intelligent shopping cart - something that tracks what the customer is doing, how they came to our store, etc. I tend to think of these things in terms of a "Session" - a shopping process where a customer selects things, puts them back, and eventually (hopefully) buys something. If I do things correctly (to me, at least), I should end up with tight little functions an exactly 0 if statements.

Red:4 Store Part 2: Wrapping Our Heads Around Processes
February 11 2016

When you build applications in the Erlang world you create discrete processes that interact. In theory this is pretty straightforward - until you actually try to do it. Microservices fans out there know the value (and the pain) of managing a fleet of services; there are benefits to it, definitely, and also problems.

Let's Build Something With Elixir and Phoenix
February 10 2016

As CTO I get to call the shots here at Red:4 but I do have to answer to the CEO and others. It's easy to arm-wave, to go on and on about Elixir and functional languages - but at the end of the day it's what you do, not what you say that counts.

Learn Elixir The Fun Way
January 04 2016

About 3 years ago I had an idea for creating a different kind of tutorial. Something that would combine the problem-solving of a video game, the immersion of a sci-fi story and the joy of learning something new. A tutorial you wanted to finish in the same way you want to finish a good book or fun video game.