Backendology A study of backend web development by Jared Ririe

Yet Another Software Blog

Welcome! This is the first post of my blog. If you’re reading this, you’re either arriving right on the ground floor or somehow I kept up with my goal to have an updated blog and you’re reading an older post. Either way, I’ll consider you a founder. I hope that you can find value in the blog posts I have planned.

Why does the world need another software-focused blog?

While it’s true that we already have plenty of popular software blogs out there, like Martin Fowler’s or Coding Horror, I recently convinced myself that every software engineer should have a blog.

Yes, we all need blogs, or at least some way to consistently distill what we’re learning down to a consumable format like a blog. Something incredible happens when we teach what we have learned to others: it sticks (not necessarily with the learner, but with the teacher)! The most successful software engineers are not only constantly learning, they are teaching and mentoring others.

The goal I have in mind for this blog is to motivate myself to continue actively learning and compose my thoughts such that I’m able to clearly communicate new things I learn.

A little about me

My name is Jared Ririe. I currently work as a Software Engineer at a great company, Qualtrics. It’s an engaging place to work and I get to tackle some genuinely interesting problems. It’s also small enough that I’ve been able to make a big impact despite it being early in my career. The various projects I’ve worked on have taught me a lot about backend technologies, microservices, and distributed systems. I’m fortunate to work in this area as I’m truly passionate about it.

I graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering back in April 2016. Why CE and not CS? I wanted to understand how computers worked. I love low-level details and breaking down abstractions. I did always lean toward the software side of CE, however, and a part-time position at Qualtrics convinced me that software, not hardware, was my path forward.

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