March 2021

Ghent,

This month was all about positive challenges.

Working towards continuous deployment

This month I did some groundwork for all the things I want to focus on for the rest of the year at ListMinut. I evaluated CodeClimate’s Velocity, which we are starting to use in April in order to become more efficient. I also started tracking code coverage and plan to require a minimum coverage before merging PRs. I didn’t want to enforce this when I first introduced automated tests to the team to let them adapt to the idea of automated tests but I think we’re at a point where we’re ready for it. I also started with the necessary changes in our codebase to have the same build on staging and production so we can start promoting deployments and be closer to achieve continuous deployment.

100 days to offload

I haven’t written as much as I’d like to. The fact that my last status update was nine months ago is proof of it. For this reason, I decided to take part in the 100 Days To Offload Challenge. In the last two weeks of March, I wrote three posts, one called Why is there no free movement for non-EU migrant workers? which shares my views on how EU policies on working migrants are just bad for the EU. Another one about Storing JSON directly in PostgreSQL on a Rails app, which I had drafted long ago but never took the time to finish and publish. And finally, one about the major issues with my Mid-2020 13″ MacBook Pro. 100 posts are more than I’ve ever written in the life of this blog and achieving it in one year will be quite hard but I’m quite invested in making the most of it.

Eating healthier

Another challenge that I did during this month is to follow the paleo diet. I had one or two cheat meals per week to make it a little bit easier for me and I’m very happy with the results. My main goal for doing this is to see the effect it has on psoriasis and to feel better in general, which I can say definitely helped. And while my main goal was not losing weight, I did lose 2 kilos and reduced my body fat by 1%. However, because it’s such a strict diet, I’m going to experiment with something else next month.

Improving my morning routine

Some of us at work did a 21-day challenge to not check our social networks first thing in the morning. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do this if I had Twitter and Instagram installed on my phone, so I decided to delete them and use my previous phone as a social media device. The result was quite positive because I find myself wasting less time in bed before starting my day. While just this is reason enough to keep this experiment going, I found additional benefits of having a second device. I’m drafting a post about this experiment which I hope to publish in the next couple of days.


This is day 4 of the #100DaysToOffload challenge. Want to get involved? Find out more at 100daystooffload.com.


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