Eli Weinstock-Herman
"When you don't know what to do, do something"
Joe Fisk, Bell Labs

LaunchReady: Don’t Get Distracted, Getting Stuff Done

Original post posted on March 08, 2018 at LessThanDot.com

I built LaunchReady in my spare time, continuing to work fulltime during the day, spend time with the family in the evening, and jump online or hit the trails occasionally with friends. I also had a bunch of ideas, which served as interesting distractions from making it actually work. In this post I’ll share a few of the tactics I used to stay balanced, get past the distractions, and find motivation when things seemed impossible.

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LaunchReady: Focus on the Customer

Original post posted on March 01, 2018 at LessThanDot.com

When I started LaunchReady, it didn’t even have a name. I had a general idea of what I wanted a system to do, but didn’t have a good handle on the target audience and what they would want. I had some general ideas on how to build the software affordably, but nothing with a total row at the bottom. I was excited to jump in and try to build some of the I personally wanted, but realized that led to a system that I could only describe to myself (and likely minus some very obvious features, as well).

Initially, I ...

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Meet LaunchReady: A SaaS Product That Almost Was

Original post posted on February 27, 2018 at LessThanDot.com

Once upon a time, there was a growing organization that had the usual challenges as new folks came on board and started trying to learn a complex domain. At the time, I imagined a product that combined UI Automation and a focus on fast feedback to serve as a safety net for these folks, but couldn’t find what I was looking for in the market. Last summer I started to build it, but ultimately didn’t get it to market.

Before it gets lost in the mists of archive.org, I thought I would try to capture some of the ideas and ...

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SQL is Hard (still): Reviving a stale application

Original post posted on February 06, 2018 at LessThanDot.com

Several years ago, I launched SQLisHard to help folks learn SQL. Some folks learn well from books or videos, but others learn best by getting in there and running queries. I monitored and tweaked things for about a year, trying to get the first set of exercises smoothed out. Then, like many folks, I was sidetracked by other projects and work responsibilities.

For about $10/month, this little site has kept running and helping folks. I expected to see traffic die off, since I wasn’t adding more content. Instead, there’s been nearly 7000 folks that have stopped by and successfully completed ...

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Streaming Alerts using AWS Lambda, Kinesis, and DynamoDB

Original post posted on January 23, 2018 at LessThanDot.com

Recently I was talking to some friends about alerting on complex streaming data. Between some past event processing work we had done and earlier experience aggregating real-time manufacturing data, I was thinking a lot about projecting and evaluating results as we go versus querying the for results on some frequency. It seemed like a realistic approach and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I decided to prototype the pieces that I was least familiar with.

The idea is based on one that is used frequently in CQRS and I’m far from the first to have it, professional tools like ...

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