This is my Link

So we were talking about links in email that are not supposed to be forwarded. Things like password reset, unsubscribe, etc. Anyway, the Rifleman’s Creed came up so I thought I’d modify...

24 Nov 2015

The Oldest Thing I Own

A while back I asked my Mom if she still had any of my stuffed animals I had as a kid. She looked and wasn’t able to find any. I was slightly...

29 Jun 2015

Some Movies You Need to Watch

So I decided to watch another movie in my Netflix list (formerly “My Queue”, I still can’t not call it that), and decided I should share a little story behind a tweet...

02 Mar 2015

Best Bottles for Home Brewing

Which beer brands have the best bottle and label combinations for home brew reuse? I have some opinions on the topic, so here’s what I think… Background I recently started brewing beer...

26 Jan 2015

Best Quote Ever

People like Marc Campbell are my heroes. I could never utter such a wonderful quote as this: “I won’t be policed by a bunch of assholes who think they’re doing our store...

21 Jun 2014

Robot Snake is Awesome

Move over Johnny Five, take a seat Spirit. I think I have a new favorite robot.

14 Nov 2013

Crazy Good Artwork

Wow, so I really dig this guy’s artwork: Tim Shumate Art Prints Some of my favorites:

28 Sep 2013

Our Favorite Speakers

The other day I asked on Twitter who were some of the favorite speakers at software conference: Your favorite speakers at software conferences... Go!! Also, I'll take a RT if you're willing.—...

23 Jul 2013

When Should I Mock in My Unit Tests?

A conversation about how to, and when to mock came up today and I shared my thoughts with Headspring in our HipChat room. It was shared on Twitter by Sharon and my...

11 Jun 2013

The Blog Move and Recent Changes

I began to make some big changes to the site recently. The biggest is that this is no longer hosted on Wordpress. I have moved to GitHub Pages with Jekyll. They come...

30 May 2013

Headspring - It's going great!

So I've been working at Headspring for just over a year and still very happy with my decision to move to from Iowa to Texas for this job. Even if we weren't...

07 Mar 2013

Plans for Austin, Year Two

This was originally an email to my family, but I thought I'd share it publicly because there's something cathartic about living my life publicly. Hi family, I can't wait for y'all to visit soon!...

08 Feb 2013

Austin, Texas - Year One

It's nearly the second weekend of February. Normally this isn't a big deal, but to me it marks the end of the first complete year I've lived in Austin, Texas. If my...

07 Feb 2013

An Intro to Ext JS

I recently hosted an hour long brown bag at Headspring to tell my colleagues a little bit about Ext JS. Here are the slides: https://github.com/ChrisMissal/presentations/tree/master/AnIntroToExtJS

26 Sep 2012

Another Mission to Mars

Wow... I'm moved. The amount of effort that has gone into this (and other missions) will never be understood by 99.99% of the population. This is what keeps me up at night...

06 Aug 2012

More of Chris

In case you weren't aware, I actually spend more more time blogging in other locations. I recently took a position with Headspring in Austin, TX. Our blogger team has invited me to...

17 Apr 2012

Conferences & Camels, Dancing & Deer

I just finished up a really, really great weekend! I figured I should share my experiences with the public and so I don't forget that all these things happened within the span...

13 Mar 2012

The Important Information

Here you will find information about my work and involvement in the community. You may also find some blog posts about topics ranging from software to comics. I hope you find what...

30 Aug 2011

Good Personal Description

I just typed the following about myself. I thought it was put fairly well: I consider myself an odd introvert. While I'm uncomfortable meeting new people that are outside my comfort zone,...

25 May 2011

In Iowa? Love JavaScript?

Over the weekend during some Iowa Code Camp festivities, there was some talk about starting a JavaScript group in the area. With some help from Nathan Smith, we have gotten the ball rolling! Things...

03 May 2011

Speaking at Iowa Code Camp

I'm speaking at Iowa Code Camp April 30th on unit testing for those who haven't unit tested before. I will post my code and my slides some time next week, but if you're...

29 Apr 2011

Number 10,000!

I'm a big fan of statistics and numbers that are nice and round for human consumption. I just reached my 10,000th tweet on Twitter and thought I'd celebrate by writing up a...

29 Apr 2011

Stats are More Fun When Made Up

I bought a domain a long time ago with the hopes of creating an application to host some fun and made up stats. For too long I've been using this site as...

15 Apr 2011

My Month Long Challenges

I just finished my third month long challenge. They're not really that challenging, but it's something for me to bust my cycle and try something with an end in site. November Have...

01 Feb 2011

Common Computer Time-Savers

As a geek and a software developer, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer and there are things I do that I take for granted. I'd like to...

18 Oct 2010

Why is your Site Not Getting Faster?

Your site's performance should always be improving. Period. Hardware and internet connections are continually getting better and faster, so why are some web sites not getting faster? I think it's because people...

09 Apr 2010

Number One on Google

So this site is finally number one on Google searches for "chris missal". I wasn't actively trying to get the number one spot with this domain, but I was kind of surprised that...

29 Mar 2010

Adding a GOTO

The other day on LosTechies, I posted about how I fix defects. Today, while looking back at some old xkcd comics, I found something that made me think of that post and...

03 Feb 2010

Explaining New Code

I just finished up writing an article about How Spark's Once Attribute Works. This was a lot better of an exercise than I had hoped. I've heard of two good practices that...

29 Jan 2010

Code Coverage Metrics

I know code coverage of 100% doesn't mean that the application is without bugs. I also know that code with zero unit tests can work just fine. I do, however, firmly believe...

20 Jan 2010

Practices of an Agile Developer

Before I was even finished reading "Practices of an Agile Developer" by Venkat Subramaniam and Andy Hunt, I realized that it was going to exceed my expectations. I consider a lot of...

18 Dec 2009

Good Intro to Ruby Code

I came across another good resource for learning Ruby. On Twitter, @lazycoder retweeted a link from @sintaxi that mentioned a new github repository for learning Ruby syntax and code. You can find...

11 Dec 2009

Goodbye Text Files, Hello Zen!

When I’m working on writing up some new blog posts, I usually have a “TODO” text file that I keep on my desktop (hi-tech, I know). This process has been working quite...

27 Nov 2009

People Shouldn't Multi-task

I would consider the title of this post a true statement. Yes, people can multi-task, but they probably lower the quality of those tasks being performed (think driving while texting). The other...

22 Nov 2009

One Reason I've Improved as a Developer

I'm pretty sure that there is a direct correlation between the time I started really growing as a developer and the time I stopped subscribing to television. Since then I've been able...

21 Nov 2009

Easy Blogging Again

For the last several months, I’ve been blogging without Windows Live Writer. This hasn’t been terrible, but now that I have it again I’m realizing just how much I like it. I...

18 Nov 2009

Speaking at CVineta

Tonight (Nov 10th, 2009) I'll be speaking at the Cedar Falls .Net User Group on jQuery. This is an introduction to jQuery and how to get started using it. The aim is...

10 Nov 2009

Improvement is Recursive

The more and more I improve myself, whether it's in development or management or other, the more I realize I need to improve myself and my craft. I have done some speaking...

09 Nov 2009

Iowa Code Camp IV - A Love Story

The 4th Iowa Code Camp is now over and my heart is broken. I wish we could do these every weekend, I had an amazing time! Also, like most code camps and...

08 Nov 2009

Quick and Easy Ajax

I needed a couple URLs that were active and returned some content for creating some demo code in jQuery. I thought about modifying an existing ASP.NET MVC application to allow it to...

06 Nov 2009

Blame it on Iowa Code Camp

So much for my post per day huh? I blame Iowa Code Camp. I'm presenting "How to do Virtually Anything with jQuery" at Iowa Code Camp in West Des Moines on November...

05 Nov 2009

Two Tracks at CRineta

For the first time since I've been attending, and maybe since CRineta existed, we had two meetings tonight. The first was Tim Barcz presenting on Building and Testing Loosely Coupled Applications with...

02 Nov 2009

Keep Learning

One technique that has really helped me learn a framework or library is by following mailing lists. Even if I'm not asking questions, I'm still able to figure out how it works...

01 Nov 2009

The Joy of New Projects

I've been working on a project for a long time and it's gone through many, many iterations and even one full rewrite. Normally, I would never approach a project like this, but...

31 Oct 2009

My Geeky Halloween Costume

I decided to go as Mario for Halloween at work today. In addition to the Mario costume, I also got a Luigi costume. This costume totally brings out the geek in me,...

30 Oct 2009

Teaching is Learning

As I've been spending time on my upcoming presentations on jQuery, I've found that I'm learning a lot. This isn't anything new that I've noticed however. People can be very knowledgeable in...

29 Oct 2009

Adding a New Team Member

So adding a new member to a software development team slows down the team. It's a law, Brook's Law, to be exact. I have noticed some good trade offs. Our recently hired...

29 Oct 2009

Iowa Code Camp Schedule

The Iowa Code Camp schedule of sessions has been posted for the fall 2009 event in West Des Moines, Iowa. My session entitled "How to do Virtually Anything with jQuery" will be...

27 Oct 2009

Department Bookmarking

Some time ago, I set up a Delicious page for our department's bookmarks. We might share good usability articles or CSS tips and tricks. Sometimes it's a reference page for NHibernate. We...

26 Oct 2009

Sinatra Has Taken the Stage

I'm finally building a Ruby application using Sinatra! It's only going to be a few pages in size, but hopefully I'll get some decent practice with Ruby, Haml and ActiveRecord. The end...

25 Oct 2009

Twin Cities Code Camp 7 - Session Win!

I was really looking forward to the first session of the day at Twin Cities Code Camp. It was [@kevingisi|Keven Gisi] talking about JavaScript testing. There was a problem right away though,...

24 Oct 2009

Twin Cities Code Camp

I'm off to the University of Minnesota to attend the Twin Cities Code Camp! I'm really looking forward to sessions on JavaScript, Ruby, MVC, DDD and learning more about Pex. I don't...

23 Oct 2009

How Much is One Percent Worth?

Today at work we were talking about how tiny improvements in e-commerce can yield big results. Take the following example: You sell widgets on your web site and through email campaigns your...

22 Oct 2009

One Post Per Day

I've decided that I'm going to post here at least once per day now. I have my other blogs that I concentrate on, primary LosTechies, but the goal is to keep these...

21 Oct 2009

Craftsmanship

I just came across a really good quote that was not intended for software development, but completely rings true. "Neither talent without instruction, nor instruction without talent can produce the perfect craftsman."...

08 Aug 2009

More or Less Privacy with Facebook

In case you're on Facebook, you might want to check this post out: http://missals.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/more-or-less-privacy-with-facebook/

27 Jul 2009

Vacation & Ruby on Rails

I've decided to start teaching myself RoR as a way to keep my mind fresh, open my mind to new ideas in development and broaden my programming talents. Also, I'm taking two...

09 Jul 2009

What I'm Doing in June 2009

As of lately, I've been working on a bunch features to add to an ASP.NET MVC site for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). For those that don't know, SEO is improving your ranking...

24 Jun 2009

About Chris Missal

My name is Chris Missal, currently I'm a software developer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I have a passion for creating software that works well. I have a very strong opinion that testing...

03 Jun 2009