Jared the Nerd

Jared the Nerd

CTO, IT Advisor, Software Engineer, Public Speaker, Traveler, and 100% Nerd

Creating Demo APIs Without Code Using Microsoft Flow

I build a lot of demos. As someone who tries to learn and speak about emerging web standards, I spend a lot of time building random, little, useless apps (sometimes full of silly movie references). The next app I had kic

KCDC - Progressive Web Apps Are The Future

Big thanks to everyone who attended my Progressive Web Apps Are The Future talk at KCDC. Special thanks to those of you who still attended, even after seeing Where The Web Is Going. I’m glad I didn’t scare you off. Slide

KCDC - Where The Web Is Going

Thank you to everyone who attended my talk at KCDC on Where The Web Is Going I hope you got value out of it, and that it kept you awake at 8:30 in the morning! If you’d like to download the slides, they are available rig

Fetch - Modern Async Server Calls

Being a web developer right now is exciting and confusing. We keep getting new tools, but they all seem to come with more tools of their own. It’s refreshing when we get a near-total replacement for something that is act

New Fetch API Post On TDN

I’m very pleased to announce that my newest post on the Fetch API and how it can replace XMLHttpRequest (XHR) in your apps today is now live on the Telerik Developer Network. Check It Out!

Where The Web Is Going In 2016

The web is a strange place governed by multiple standards that together define how things work. Alongside the committees, browser vendors are both innovating to win new users and collaborating to push these standards for

They Vs. We (Part 2)

This post has been a loooong time coming and is the follow up to my original They Vs. We post in 2014. Sorry! I highly recommend reading that first and then coming back to this. I’ve been paying much closer attention to

They Vs. We

I’m going to start this blog post with a story. Please stay with me for a minute. I went to the grocery store last week to buy groceries as one does. While I was there, I cleared the meat counter out of an item. After sh

What Makes A Good Developer?

There’s (hopefully) a good title to get attention. I’ve been spending some time thinking about this lately. Part of being involved in the hiring process at HMB is thinking about who people are, how well they will do in t

Code Geeks vs Stuff Geeks

I’ve realized that developers exist on a spectrum between code geeks and stuff geeks. Code geeks are those who really enjoy the elegance and challenge of creating new bits of code (plugins, frameworks, entire languages,

So You Want To Be A Technical Speaker?

I speak at a pretty good number of events (and am always considering more… hit me up) and really enjoy doing so. At Codemash this year I had a few people mention that they would find a post about how to get star

Getting Started With Backbone.js

Backbone.js is one of those wonderful technologies that is flexible enough to let you solve problems in a variety of ways. It’s also one of those horrible technologies that don’t have any opinion about what the ‘correct’

The Myth of Unit Test Value

I’m writing this blog post because someone on the internet is wrong… [![](//imgs.xkcd.com/comics/duty_calls.png)](http://xkcd.com/386/) More accurately, I saw an old comment about unit testing that I frequently hear har

Starting a New Development Conference

On August 3rd, 2012 we held the first edition of the CloudDevelop conference. We had a great turnout (150 or so attendees), great sponsors, and relatively few problems. In case you are thinking about starting your own co