Work is love made visible.
Kahlil Gibran

Hi, I’m Jean-Rémy (It’s pronounced “jhahn reimeee”, but my friends just call me JR)

I have one fairly ambitious goal: to become the best software engineer I can be.

I strive to:

  1. Master my tools and environment inside and out.
    These days, this involves exploring the ins and outs of Perl, which we use a lot in my company. I also use PHP and Drupal, CSS and Sass, as well as JavaScript and JQuery. I also take time getting familiar with my text editor of choice (Vim) and with my favorite version control system, Git.
  2. Master the techniques and mindset I need to solve problems efficiently, creatively, and as fast as possible.
    In the end, the specific tools and languages don’t matter as much as the thinking process behind them: garbage in, garbage out. That’s why I also work on improving my thinking in general.
    Right now, my first priority is to improve my focus, being mindful and healthy (physically and mentally), trying to do as much deep work as possible.
    I also explore the art and science of better code design and better debugging, as well as better thinking and decision making.

I’m not good enough to do any of this by myself, so I read a lot, practice deliberately, fail often, and borrow wisdom from others, taking the best of what others have already understood and achieved.
I share what I learn along the way, so I can remember it, and so you can get a quick introduction to the stuff I learn about.

Obviously this means that I don’t post anything particularly original. In fact if you see anything useful on here at all, I’m probably just paraphrasing someone smarter than me.
If you, as a copyright holder, feel I have violated or infringed on your copyright, please let me know and I will take down the link or modify the post in question.

Oh, and don’t be silly: of course I’m only talking for myself here, and I’m in no way, shape or form, representing the views of my company, or any previous or future employer or client. So don’t go harassing them, and pick a fight with me instead if you disagree with what I publish here.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 – New International Version (NIV)


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