Career Podcast Soft Skills Uncategorized

#CodingPersonalities Episode #4

On this episode of Coding Personalities, Kelsey and I are joined by Mike Hand.  We discuss how Mike got into software development, issues developers face starting out and throughout their careers in software development, and how to go from “Chair to Debonair.”  Mike talks about how developers can start speaking more at conferences no matter the skillset, topic idea, or experiences.

*My and Kelsey’s opinions only represent ourselves and not any other organization or our employer

#Coding Personalities Podcast

Ionic Framework iOS Mobile Development Uncategorized

Ad Hoc iOS Hosting with .NET Core

Working with iOS applications is always somewhat of a chore.  Dealing with mobile provisioning profiles, certificates, the Apple App Store; these all seem like barriers to be over come.

I am currently working on a new mobile application that has .NET Core 2 API that is hosting a download page for new iOS mobile app.  Previous to this I have never worked with .NET Core 2 in a production application so there is always a bit of a learning curve and I wanted to impart my trials and tribulations in this post. 


In 2017, I read 70 books!


Every year, I attempt to do at least one very hard goal.  A goal that either stretches my mental attributes, my physical attributes, or a combination of the two.  To give a general idea, I did this in 2016 by losing 90 lbs. in 9 months.  In 2017,  I decided to give my body a break and read 70 books in one year.  To most people that seems like a insurmountable goal,  I chose this arbitrary number because I friend I know said she would read 60 and I thought, “I can do better than that!”

Why did I do this?

  1. It’s fun to brag about!
  2. I wanted to learn something about myself.
  3. Wanted to get away from watching television.

My Experience

The real reason I chose 70 books is that I am already a very fast reader and read at least two hours a day.  I had the lucky chance to take speed reading in Junior High and it served me well in life.  When reading for enjoyment, I don’t read as fast as I can but it does lead to me being able to read many books.  I read all of these books on my Kindle Paperwhite.

With this challenge, I’d need to read 1.5 books a week which is normally doable.  Unfortunately for my goal but fortunately for my career, I was selected to speak at 2 different conferences and teach Grad Academy at work.  So for 3 whole months, I didn’t read at all.  This left me with being 15 books behind at the beginning of July.  To catch up, I had to read 3 books a week.  It was excessive but thankfully I enjoy reading books I’ve read before and plowed through the Dresden Files.

I definitely realized that I enjoy reading way more than I enjoy watching TV.  Reading a book always gives a sense of accomplishment, while watching TV does not. I learned lots of cool new words and while much of my reading is fiction, I learned a lot of about the world.  A lot science fiction opened up new ideas that lead to deep dives into Wikipedia.

The Books

This is the breakdown of the 70 books I read over the course of the year divded into the categories of books I read.

Self Improvement

Every year at work, I try to read a couple of books that would help me with some aspect of my job that I could be doing better.  On my previous review, I was told I could more to improve my leadership skills so I decided to read several books having to do with leadership.  I highly recommend the 1, 3, and 4 book if you are interested in these types of books.

  1. Managing Humans
  2. Lessons Learn in Software Testing
  3. Debugging Teams
  4. Who Moved My Cheese?


Fantasy was my first genre and will always be a favorite of mine.  I went back this year and touch on a lot of books in this genre that I’ve had in my queue for awhile.  Of these, I highly recommend 3, 4, and 6.  That happens to be a ton of books but I highly recommend them all.

  1. Sovereign of the Seven Isles Series (7 books)
  2. The First Law Series (3 books)
  3. Dresden Files (15 books)
  4. Kingkiller Chronicles (3 books)
  5. Temeraire Series (1 book of 9)
  6. Stormlight Archive (4 books)
  7. Pale Queen (1 book)


I’ve recently been expanding into the Sci-Fi genre and I’ve been highly impressed with really old novels and some of the newest genres in this field.  I highly recommend 1, 3, 9, 12, 14, 18, and 20.

  1. Wayfarers Series ( 2 books)
  2. Aurora
  3. Red Rising (3 books)
  4. Station Eleven
  5. Brilliance Saga (1 book)
  6. Expeditionary Force (1 book)
  7. The Doomed City
  8. Movement Trilogy (2 books)
  9. Bobiverse (3 Books)
  10. The Fold
  11. The Interstellar Age (1 book)
  12. The Murderbot Diaries (1 book)
  13. Redshirts (1 book)
  14. Artemis
  15. Autonomous
  16. Deathworld
  17. Hell Divers (2 books)
  18. Big Sigma (2 books)
  19. I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream
  20. A Fall of Moondust


I am not a horror genre fan and I hate scary movies but these 3 books were really small but also very entertaining. In each book, I was pleasantly surprised by what happened and couldn’t guess the story.

  1. Lovecraft Country
  2. Sour Candy
  3. The Fold

Lessons Learned

While thinking about this podcast and reading about reading challenges, many people have described not enjoying reading because of the challenge.  People were way too focused on meeting the goal and either sped through their books, picked books based on size versus content, read books they didn’t enjoy.  In each case, that happened during this challenge for me.  I will counter that I did enjoy that aspect.  I found many books this year I normally wouldn’t have read if not for those three “negatives” others have commented on.

Reading can be very expensive.  If each book was $5 then I spent $350 on entertainment this year.  I didn’t get any these from the library and of the books listed, I had only owned about 20 the books before.  But if lived by myself, cable television alone would have been $600 dollars a year,   I also got more sleep because I tended to fall asleep earlier in the evening. due to reading.

Will I read 70 books in one year again?  Not in 2018 but maybe sometime in the future.


Podcast Uncategorized

Podcast Episode #3

Kelsey Robertson, Jeremy Solomon, and I talk about various gift ideas for when shopping for techies.

Snap Circuits 

Glowie Monsters

Kano Computer

BB8 Hero Droid


And More!


Find Me on:

Twitter: @BrettTheWhitt



Episode #2: GIT the Princess

In the second episode of Coding Personalities, Kelsey and Italk with Ryan Quellhorst a QA Professional (Tester) who discusses his experience joining the testing realm, how testers and developers can work together, and AngularJS with Kelsey and me.  Kelsey, Ryan, and I also discuss a comic strip called ‘Git the Princess’ and why the comic is so funny.

Git the Princess: How to Save the Princess in 8 Programming Languages

You can contact Ryan Quellhorst on LinkedIn

*My and Kelsey’s opinions only represent themselves and not any other organization or their employer.

You can contact us here or on Twitter:



Angular CSS SASS Visual Studio

Implementing SASS in Angular Core 2 Visual Studio Template

What did I learn today?

Today I found that the Visual Studio 2017 Core 2 template for Angular does not include any type of CSS preprocessor despite having WebPack installed.  I can understand that they want let people pick the CSS system they prefer but I feel not to include something is a huge miss.  My favorite CSS preprocessor is SASS.

This quick post will describe how to get SASS preprocessing with file watches setup using WebPack in Visual Studio.

CMS Sitefinity Uncategorized

Ultimate Sitefinity Setup Guide: Part Two

This Guide

This guide is my ultimate guide to setting up Sitefinity.  I’ll be updating it as I find new things that I commonly do when I want to setup a new project.  Today, I’ll be going over common Visual Studio solution changes, Sitefinity Settings and more that I use on almost every project.

In Part One, I setup the base solution and continuous integration with Visual Studio Team Services.  This post will be more about actual settings in the Sitefinity project.


Episode #1: Unconscious Bias in Software Development

#Coding Personalities – Unconscious Bias in Software Development

Kelsey and Italk about starting the podcast and give a brief introduction about ourselves.  We also discuss an article describing Unconscious Bias in Software Development.

The article was written by Therese Stowell and is titled “The changing nature of software development: Addressing unconscious bias” Link

*Myand Kelsey’s opinions only represent themselves and not any other organization or their employer.

You can contact us here or on Twitter:




CMS Sitefinity Uncategorized

Ultimate Sitefinity Setup Guide: Part One

This Guide

This guide is my ultimate guide to setting up Sitefinity.  I’ll be updating it as I find new things that I commonly do when I want to setup a new project.  Today, I’ll be going over common Visual Studio solution changes, Sitefinity Settings and more that I use on almost every project.

Android Ionic Framework iOS

Debugging Issues with Ionic Pro

I’ve recently been working with team members to build proof of concept mobile applications for various customers.  In doing so, I mentioned that we could build these proof of concepts pretty easily using the Ionic Framework and their Ionic Creator product.  We found this to be really useful from the get go and we were to able to create these proof of concepts extremely quickly but we ran into some hard to debug errors when trying to build them on Ionic Pro

Today, I’ll be running through some of these in an attempt to help others figure out their issues.