Author Archives: David Ruttka

About David Ruttka

I've been "making computers do things" since I first saw King's Quest on a 286 PC in the mid-80's, but I turned it into a career just over a decade ago. While the majority of my experience has been on the Microsoft stack (C#, .NET, ASP.NET), I've recently been diving deeper into JavaScript and exploring the Ruby universe. Occasionally, I'll do a public speaking gig or write a blog post. When I'm not coding, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching hockey, and playing the occasional video game. You can also find me on Stack Overflow, Google Plus, and Twitter. Microsoft Certified Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Specialist; MCPD Windows Developer 3.5

Why Speak?

Recently I was discussing my upcoming trip to speak at devLink and was asked why I do it. I figured that’s a better topic than some of the others I’ve thrown up lately. Do they pay you? No. =) I … Continue reading

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Just Try Something

A coworker and I were discussing the finer points of troubleshooting today, and I remembered that I never posted this thought. It’s short and sweet, and for most people it won’t be anything you haven’t heard before, but I can’t … Continue reading

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Off-Topic: Toddler Safety on United Airlines

I want to make any parents aware that when you book United, if you want to keep your toddler seated safely with a parent, you will likely have to pay a premium in addition to the cost of your ticket. … Continue reading

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The Many Adventures of Externalias

The bad news is, I’m not much of an artist. The good news is, if I draw this in Paint .NET, it’s about the same as if I draw it on the whiteboard and take a picture. His name is … Continue reading

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Easy Wins

Last night, Derek mentioned that he wanted to start writing again, and I realized that I’ve been pretty slack about it too. I thought that maybe we could be accountability partners. @derekmorrison let’s dare each other to write something.You go … Continue reading

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In Spring 2003, I was looking around for what would be my first professional job after getting my degree. One interview stands out not only because it’s where I ended up but also because I gave what might be the … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Transparent Compensation Policies

As always, this is just me and doesn’t reflect the opinions or beliefs of my employers, my family, my dog, my family’s dogs…you know the drill. A few days ago, I noticed this come across Twitter. Curious: how would you … Continue reading

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