A Simple Job Queue in PHP

A common type of queue is FIFO - "first in, first out". Everyone knows this queue; lines at a fast food place, products on supermarket shelves, even a vending machine. The first item into the queue (or shelf, or line), is the first item out. This is why I always…

A Bad Kid

I smoked my first cigarette at 13. At 14 I stopped going to school when I didn't feel like being there. 15 was when I dropped out. Around 16 I was doing harder drugs and partied constantly. I had no life, nothing to my name, and I was living in…

Job Queues

First, what is a job queue? It's really simple at its core: Processes called Workers perform Jobs, which are exactly what they sound like. That's it! Workers are separate from your application, like Nginx, or Jenkins. It's just another layer that you send work to, easy as that. Job queues…

An Intro to Me

When I was twelve, I received my first laptop as a gift. It was not new, or powerful, or clean. It was mine. The first thing I did, of course, was installed games to play! Diablo 2 was my past-time. All of it. After playing for a few months, I…

First Vacation in Five Years

I realized something during my first real vacation in a long time... I don't care about my career as much as I thought I did. It must have been an outlet for creativity. Just a place to craft, explore, and share. Time off has shown me that there are much…

I want so badly to blog more

Every morning I get up and read HackerNews and want so badly to be one of those rockstar developers, pushing awesome code with a write-up of how it works and getting lots of awesome feedback from the community. I want to write about a difficult problem I solved, or an…