Hi! I'm Rob Conery

I am the author of The Imposter's Handbook, founder of Big Machine, and a software developer living in Kauai, HI. I also host and produce the podcast This Developer's Life with my friend Scott Hanselman and work at Microsoft as a Cloud Developer Advocate.

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Writing, Editing and Formatting a Technical Ebook in 2021

This post could easily be 20,000 words… there is just so much shit to wade through to get your book looking just so. What do I mean? Here are my...

Turning a Blog Into a Book

I find programmers to be fascinating people. We’re all human but there’s an additional something that, to me, is fascinating to dig for. It’s the main reason I created This...

Postgres For Those Who Can't Even, Part 3 - In The Real World

This is part 3 of a series of posts I’m writing for Friendo, a web person who wants to get their hands a lot dirtier with Node and Postgres. You...

Postgres For Those Who Can’t Even, Part 2 - Working with Node and JSON

This is part 2 of a series of posts I’m doing for a friend who’s a JavaScript developer that, according to him, knows next to nothing about Postgres. You can...

PostgreSQL For Those Who Can’t Even, Part 1

Just yesterday I was talking to a friend about Postgres (not uncommon) and he said something that I found shocking:

Fine Tuning Full Text Search with PostgreSQL 12

I’ve written about Full Text Indexing in PostgreSQL before but I was a bit more focused on speed and general use. Today I want to focus on something a lot...

Virtual, Computed Columns in PostgreSQL 12

The PostgreSQL team has been jamming out updates on a regular basis, adding some amazing features that I hope to go into over time but one of these features made...

Audiobook Review: Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson

The problem with any book by Neal Stephenson is that the person foolish enough to try and “review” it has to start somewhere. A foothold on the story, its arc,...

WTF is Big O Notation?

When I started writing The Imposter’s Handbook, this was the question that was in my head from the start: what the f*** is Big O and why should I care?...

PostgreSQL Tools for the Visually Inclined

I started my career on the Microsoft stack building forms and websites using drag and drop tools. Over time that became a punchline, which is unfortunate because honestly, the productivity...