Rich Steinmetz's blog and creations on Software Engineering, TDD, Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, Soft Skills, Developer stories, drawings, cartoons, sketchnotes, and visual explanations.
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Long Story Long πŸ“–

Since I joined the software world in 2015 I've been exploring how we developers can code, learn, and communicate with more fun. I've always enjoyed creating things, connecting people, and easing people into tech.

Me with deploy hat at Devex.

Apart from code, I love to chat about Productocracy and progress in basically any area of life.

Coaching & Freelancing

I've been doing quite a bit of private coaching, public speaking, and ad-hoc projects in the past, most noticeably here:

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Aaaand I'm also helping mid-sized companies to build their software, evolve their team processes, and connect the development teams to marketing endeavors. Here's the full stack trace:


Engineering Visuals

I've always dreamt of being able to draw and visualize simple things. Thus now, you, my dear reader, as long as you navigate this domain's pages, have to endure this sometimes:

JavaScript equality operators explained with the power of imagery.

The long-term hope with my drawings is not to become the next Rembrandt, though. It's rather to tap into the potential of visual thinking in programming and computer science. Too many abstract concepts are explained too often using words and code only.

When I learned to code, I was always craving images and visuals that would explain complex concepts. Especially as a non-native English speaker from a non-technical background, the imagery would have helped me quite a bit.

Apparently, this helps people understand how things in map() map together.


Somehow, one day, I also became a "published Sketchnoter". This means that at least one of my sketchnotes was published on a website by another human being who apparently found joy in their content being summed up visually:

Sam Julien's awesome 90-Day Consistency Rule


Fun fact: I speak 4 human languages πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ , I've worked in 4 completely different fields πŸ”«πŸ’°πŸƒπŸ‘©β€πŸ’», and I lived in 4 countries. In many Asian countries, the word 4 has the same pronunciation as "Death"πŸ’€. In Germany the word "vier" (translated as four) is pronounced as fear.

Where is Waldo?

You can find my voice and body movements on different podcasts, communities, and video platforms:

But I also sometimes look into my LinkedIn and Twitter accounts:

Meanwhile, in my private life...

πŸ‘Ά father & friend in the evenings

😊 too old to be an emoji heavy user πŸ™ˆ

🎧 put them on, even with no music (deep work hack)

πŸ₯‘ raw food enthusiast and WHM method beginner

πŸ“– sometimes reading...

2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Rich has read 30 books toward their goal of 42 books.
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