Brandon Konkle
Brandon Konkle

Freelance full-stack Node & React developer, supporter of intersectional social justice, enthusiastic nerd, loving husband, and father. Hire me for your next project!

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Opinion

My latest opinion posts, sharing my perspective on work style, methodology, best practices, and everything else not directly related to code.

Overcoming the Challenges of Remote Work

As I make my transition from working in the office back to working remotely I've been thinking a lot about what makes remote teams successful and what challenges they face, especially in blended teams where some are still in the office. I took some time and wrote down my thoughts on how to overcome those challenges and thrive as a remote-…

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Learning from the Design Community

Last month I attended Mountain West JS and learned a lot from some excellent speakers. Several of the talks introduced me to new concepts or perspectives, and one in particular inspired me to think about what we do in a whole new way. Whitney Williams gave a talk entitled 6 Design Skills Devs Need that helped me realize that what we do as…

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Recreational Coding

I've been struggling for a little while now with a distinct lack of enthusiasm for programming. Some of it is certainly due to a measure of chaos in my family as we work through a move and some health issues, but that definitely doesn't account for all of it. I've been spending some time reflecting on it, and I've come to the realization…

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Packagers don't know best

This was a really interesting read, and it reminded me of discussions we've had at Lincoln Loop recently about whether to check requirements into the repository or install them separately (with pip/virtualenv or npm or bower or whatever). I've always been in the install separately and add to gitignore if needed camp, but I understand the…

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The Higher Education Bubble

Time Magazine recently reported on a study showing that 85% of college graduates are now moving back home.  They are now saddled with crushing student loan debt, and they’re unable to find the work they were led to believe would be abundant once they graduated.Many of those who are actually able to find jobs have to settle for low-pa…

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