Farmdawg Nation The writings of Matt Farmer: a coffee-drinking software engineer in Atlanta, GA.

Building Your Web Application Muscles with Lift

On May 6th I gave a talk to the Atlanta Scala Users Group designed to give an introduction to CSS transforms and Comets in the Lift Framework. There was no...

Lift Delegation Proposal

This is an introduction for an idea of mine I’m calling Lift Delegation, a feature that I’m hoping to implement in the Lift Framework that would allow Lift...

Excluding Components from an Aggregate SBT Build

While working on upgrading Databinder Dispatch’s liftjson module to use Lift 2.6 I ran into an interesting challenge that Nathan, the project’s maintainer, hadn’t found a...

Thinking About Tests

I’ve been thinking a lot about tests lately. The automated, software development kind, not the school kind. I’ve been thinking a lot about tests because I’ve realized...

To: Sen. Isakson / Re: Net Neutrality

I wrote an email asking Senator Isakson to support the FCCs moves to help control the abuses of companies like Comcast on the internet. I got a canned response (no...

Trouble Staying Motivated

Life tends to present itself as a series of seasons. Some characterized by career success, some by personal growth, and others by something else entirely. Whatever season I’m in...

So, I discovered Patreon

So, this week I discovered Patreon. It’s a nice service that allows me to chip in some cash to creatives whose content I really enjoy. To be frank, I’...

Open Source Software at Elemica

So I did a write up for Elemica about our use of Open Source Software within the organization. It covered some allegorical business examples as an argument for OSS, talks...

I'm a magician

A few days ago I got asked two questions that I don’t think I gave a great answers to. At their core, the questions were asking me why I...

So, I gave a talk

On Tuesday, I gave my first talk ever in front of a technical crowd to the Developers of Athens. My topic was Scala and Lift. This wasn’t my first...