About Rich Stone Input Output

Rich Steinmetz's blog and creations on Software Engineering, Ruby, JavaScript, Soft Skills, Junior Developer stories with drawings, cartoons, sketchnotes, and visual explanations.
About Rich Stone Input Output


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Long Story Long

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.

I've always dreamed 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 untap 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 and someone from a non-technical background imagery would have helped me quite a bit.

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

Somehow, one recent 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

Coaching & Teaching

I've been helping beginners to get into tech on codementor, mentorcruise, and codingcoach.io, but right now I'm not taking on more responsibilities in the coaching/teaching space, other than having this live meetup in Barcelona going on:


Still, if you have a Web API project going on where you need help, let's talk :)


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.

Current Projects

Dormant Projects

(cool stuff that got going really seriously, with real customers and all, but has stopped due to current roadblocks)

Past MVPs

(things I "tried" as an experiment, maybe enough, maybe rather not enough, but now it's here)

Developer Tools

(stuff that should kind of be usable AKA works on my local ;)

Meanwhile, in my private life...

πŸ‘Ά father & friend in the evenings

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

🎧 putting on my headphones (sometimes with no music at all!) just to isolate myself from the world

πŸ₯‘ raw food enthusiast and WHM method beginner

🍿 getting myself the Netflix trial account once a year to watch the best comedy stand-up specials that I missed while working on this weird blog here (apparently Netflix deletes your data after 1 year of inactivity or so).

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