Rob Kennedy

Father, Leader, Author, Developer, Entrepreneur

Maximizing Quality and Efficiency: The Top 5 Testing Practices for Your Code, Including ChatGPT

In this third article in the series of Life Lessons of a Software Engineer, we explore the lesson of thoroughly testing your code. Testing your code is an important part of making software. It helps you make sure that your code is reliable, efficient, and bug-free. By writing and running tests, you can find issues

Code Hygiene: How to Write Clean, Readable, and Maintainable Code

In this second article in the series of Life Lessons of a Software Engineer, we explore the lesson of maintaining good code hygiene. Code hygiene is an important part of software development. It refers to the practices and habits that developers use to keep their code clean, organized, and easy to understand and maintain. Having

7 Tips for Continuously Learning and Improving Your Skills as a Software Engineer

In this first article in the series of Life Lessons of a Software Engineer, we explore the lesson of continuously learning to improve your skills. As a software engineer, you need to keep learning and improving your skills to keep up with the newest technologies and best practices in your field. Here are some things

Revolutionizing software development with AI: How algorithms are transforming requirement gathering and analysis

As software engineers keep improving artificial intelligence to find new ways to help us all in our daily lives, I’d like to turn our attention to using the same tools to make the processes that make software more efficient. AI algorithms can look at unstructured text, such as user stories or requirements documents, and pull

10 Essential Life Lessons for Software Engineers

My original plan for this blog post was to be a simple summary, but I’ve decided to go into detail with a unique blog article for each life lesson. Along the way, I’ll introduce how emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be leveraged to make an impact on a particular lesson as well. As a software

Maximizing Productivity: The Importance of Being Proactive in Problem-Solving

In this fifth article in the series of Life Lessons of a Software Engineer, we explore the lesson of being proactive in problem-solving and seeking out solutions quickly to address issues as they arise. As people and as a society, we always have problems and challenges to deal with. It can be tempting to wait

Thoughts on Web 3.0 and Decentralization

In the last decade, the world has trended toward reducing IT costs via a cloud-first strategy, which has driven the software development patterns of organizations to move on to a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to rethinking existing projects and a SOA-first strategy for new projects. The world realized quickly that security was going to

What Is A Technology Leader and Are You Ready?

A technology leader is anyone that defines and executes the vision and technology goals for one or more individuals, teams, or divisions within a organization. Rob Kennedy The definition above is a high-level look at what a technology leadership role does within an organization, but the role is much richer and more complex than the

How to Query SQL Server XML data type Columns in Entity Framework Core 3.x

I’m sure if you’ve found this page, you’re at wits end in trying to figure out how to use the long-built-in XML query functionality of SQL Server while using Entity Framework, Dapper, or other ORM. Some might find it easy to simply write their query in plain SQL and execute it. However in my case,

COVID19 lessons learned

A Few Life Lessons Learned from Quarantine

These past couple of months have been unprecedented. As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been an opportunity to learn about ourselves, neighbors, family, and our leadership. How we each handle stress differently. But it’s It’s clear that if you believe the government moved quickly or not, no government was prepared for