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 help beginners to get started on reddit and in various Ruby/Rails communities but if you are just starting out I'm also offering periodic catch-ups at codingcoach.io

In case you are looking for a structured long-term mentoring or a coaching program check here:

Visit Richard Steinmetz on MentorCruise
MentorCruise connects aspiring students with industry professionals in Tech for long-term mentorship in Engineering, Design and Business.

Or for technical ad-hoc live help here:

Rich Steinmetz - Webapp Mentor - Codementor
Codementor is the largest community for developer mentorship and an on-demand marketplace for software developers. Get instant coding help, build projects faster, and read programming tutorials from our community of developers.

If you somehow happen to be based in sunny Barcelona (Spain), I'm an instructor at the Migracode Bootcamp there:

Welcome to Migracode Barcelona
Migracode acts as a bridge between the demand for skilled people in the tech sector and people with a migration background who are eager to work in the tech industry. Founded in 2019, we are cooperating with other code schools in Europe to build a large community of companies and students to foster …


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

  • Rockmap - Your One Thing prioritization roadmap and accountability buddy web app
  • Explore the usage of mnemonic techniques to read technical books and accelerate learning of computer science topics
  • Read 42 books in 2021 (still on track as of April 2021)

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 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

🍿 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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