So far in my career, I've made other people money with my work. I want to change that, and I think software is fertile ground for an entrepreneur. We can create machines that do stuff all by themselves, generating value and thus money while we sleep. I will learn and simultaneously teach others how to build a sustainable software business. My main focus is how to make money with MySQL, but I will include other technologies. This endeavor will go beyond technical knowledge, incorporating marketing, sales, and customer service to figure out what your customers (or your boss) wants, and how to get them to pay you well for your efforts. I've created some basic resources to help you. Read what I've written on MySQL or take a look at my upcoming book, MySQL Simplified.
I love it when software gives you elegant ways of solving your problem. Programming language designers make me feel like they care when they take the time to include succinct, powerful expressions. I’ve recently discovered some in new things in MySQL, as well as a few rediscoveries. This is the first five, and I’ll cover the next five in another article. Read more
I want to teach you the difference between an inner and an outer join. We first need to think about what a join is. Simply, it’s when you combine two tables to make a new one. You’re not physically creating a new table when you join them together, but for the purposes of the query, you are creating a new virtual table. Every row now has the columns from both tables. So if TableA has columns Col1 and Col2 and TableB has columns Col3 and Col4, when you join these two tables, you’ll get Col1, Col2, Col3, and Col4. Just as with any query, you have the option of including all columns or excluding some, as well as filtering out rows. Read more
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about driverless cars. Google and the large car makers have been creating cars that doen’t need a human driver. This is tremendous news. Over 30,000 people die in car crashes every year in the US. While not all of those could be prevented by removing the meatbag driver, a lot of them could. Driverless cars are the right way forward and I can’t wait until they come. Every time I see a car wreck or hear about a drunk driver, I wish we had this tech right now. Read more
I am a budding software entrepreur located in beautiful Boise, Idaho. I like creating software, because our work frees people from meaningless, repetitious tasks, often giving them a lever to move the world. I've worked on everything from a small ERP system, to trucking software, and now I'm on a team with a great group of people writing software for the marketing space. My favorite technologies include MySQL, C#, SQL Server, and Linux (if only Microsoft released a *nix SQL Server).
My non-work hours are filled with family and travelling, hopefully both! (<-- That's my beautiful wife and me in Switzerland). I won't say no to either a Homeric epic or a snifter of cognac.