Caffeinated Ideas

noun, plural

  1. Solutions to technical problems brainstormed during coffee breaks.
  2. Unrestricted & creative thoughts that seem interesting and deserve further exploration.
  3. This blog maintained by Dan since 2011.


QThru: Warp Pipe POS Integration
Posted 2016 Aug 19

A lot of the Google inventions came from engineers just screwing around with ideas. And then management would see them, and we'd say, 'Boy, that's interesting. Let's add some more engineers.'

-Eric Schmidt

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QThru: The Platform Architecture
Posted 2016 Jun 28

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

– Frederick P. Brooks

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QThru: The Business Model
Posted 2016 Jun 16

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

– Gordon Gekko

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The QThru Series
Posted 2016 Jun 03

One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.

– Henry Ford

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Another argument for s-expressions
Posted 2015 Oct 22

I found myself back in our Python code base today working with a set of nested dictionary objects. As I set out to look for the equivalent of Clojure's get-in function, I ended up at a nifty solution using reduce. Inspired, I ended up with the following function in our Util module:

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