Learning Clojure

I’m working with a friend on a top-secret project I hope to tell you more about soon. Still, because my friend likes functional programming, I’m dusting off some of the material I learned in college at Villanova and better understanding some concepts that escaped me back then. What is Clojure What is Clojure? Clojure is a Lisp-like, functional programming language that compiles jar files to run on the JVM. This means it will run anywhere you can run Java....

February 7, 2024 · zacharyc

Letting Go

Forgive the vagueness of this post, but this week has been a hard week where I’ve had to let go of a big commitment in my life. It’s personal. I’m devastated and hurting, but I know this was the path forward. Letting it go was hard for me, and it comes with many complex emotions, including fear of abandoning people who depend on me. I’m shirking some responsibility that I had previously assumed....

January 31, 2024 · zacharyc

Cedar Unit Testing

Almost 13 years ago, my life changed. I had recently left Motorola after Google acquired us and was looking for my next opportunity when I found a company called Cabulious, which was pretty quickly renamed to Flywheel. When I joined, they asked me if I’d be interested in working on the mobile team, specifically iOS, despite having minimal experience in Objective-C. When I joined the company, they sent me to New York to work with our Pivotal Labs Team (we could only get the team in NY, not the one in California, because they were too busy)....

January 24, 2024 · zacharyc
Unsplash photo of a banjo

Learning Banjo

A friend gifted me a banjo a few months ago, and I’m obsessed with it. I have tried a bunch of musical instruments in my life but stuck with none. I did the viola for a year in fourth grade. I tried piano for a semester in 10th grade, and I’ve picked up several ukuleles in my time. None of them have gotten me to practice. The Banjo is a different being....

January 23, 2024 · zacharyc
My habit page in my daily journal.

Habits and Failing

It’s only 22 days into the new year, and I’m already failing at my habits. This happens to most people who set up New Year’s resolutions and start trying to execute them. Where I often fail is that missing any number of days will cause me to challenge the point of making the habit. So far, I’m tracking four habits: Doing 425 active / 500 total calories on the Elliptical Writing somewhere public (sharing instead of consuming) Reading for at least 10 minutes (not on a computer) Practicing the Banjo I started before the end of the year but haven’t recorded every day in my chart....

January 22, 2024 · zacharyc