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Winter Hackathon 2018: Hacking History

A few years ago, I had the good fortune to travel to London to visit some friends. But before I talk about my trip, there is something you must know about me.

By Morgan Senkal, Software Architect
December 28, 2018

Hackathon 2018: Kegerator 2—Revenge of the Flowmeter

If you’re going to spend two long days frying a Raspberry Pi and fiddling with (very) finicky electronics, is there any better way to do it than surrounded by beer? I'm sure some of you would answer with a resounding "Yes!" but honestly, beer is *not* my preferred beverage. I’d much rather sip on a nice bourbon or scotch on the rocks. Unless there's a nice dark beer on tap...but I digress! Beer, cider, kombucha, and coffee make lots of us Toads happy, and that’s why I joined up with Team Kegerator for this year’s hackathon.

By Morgan Senkal, Software Architect
August 1, 2018

History of Computer Girls, Part 3: Dorothy!

I've been going around town giving a talk on the history of women in computers. During my research, I came across so very many women I’d never heard of before, but who had made indelible marks on the history of computing. I decided to write a blog series about these amazing software pioneers who just happen to be women. But I didn’t just want the blogs to be boring old history lessons. Instead, I wanted to give examples and do research on the actual code these pioneers made.

Memo, dated January 1951, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics:

By Morgan Senkal, Software Architect
July 12, 2017

History of Computer Girls, Part 2: Margaret!

I've been going around town giving a talk on the history of women in computers.  During my research, I came across so very many women I’d never heard of before, but who had made indelible marks on the history of computing.  I decided to write a blog series about these amazing software pioneers who just happen to be women.  But I didn’t just want the blogs to be boring old history lessons. Instead, I wanted to give examples and do research on the actual code these pioneers made. 

By Morgan Senkal, Software Architect
November 22, 2016

Big Data for the Hopelessly Relational

I've been working with relational databases for a long time. In fact, my very first job as a software engineer waaaaay back when was converting an MS Access database from one very old version to another very old version (I think it was the shiny new Access 2000). I can rattle off the difference between an inner, right, left and full join, I can write stored procedures and functions and triggers and constraints, and on a good day I can even (maybe) remember the difference between first, second and third normalized form.

By Morgan Senkal, Software Architect
October 26, 2016

History of Computer Girls, Part 1: Ada!

I've been going around town giving a talk on the history of women in computers.  During my research, I came across so very many names of women who had made indelible marks on the history of computing that I'd never heard before.  I decided that for my inaugural blog post at Metal Toad (Yes, I know I've been here for like over a year now.  What?  I've been busy!)  I would love to do a blog series about these amazing software pioneers who just happen to be women.

By Morgan Senkal, Software Architect
September 22, 2016

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