Techniques to create trust in your data solution

A core responsibility of a data engineer is to build data pipelines. The flow of data from one location to another with mutations along the way is a primary focus for any data engineer. However, when you change data, you make people nervous. Even though you are actively changing the…


My transition between two seemingly unrelated fields

The unique field of data engineering

Data engineering is unique in that it does not have a formal education requirement. You can have a PhD in physics or no higher education at all. It is the skills and experience that define your ability to succeed as a data engineer. I, myself, have a degree in chemical…


The hidden benefits of code reviews for software developers

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Ah, the dreaded code review. A necessary evil despised by all software engineers. To a reviewer, code reviews are just one more task on a to-do list that is already too long. To a reviewee, code reviews act as a barrier preventing any further progress until their code has been…


A primer in database normalization

Data modeling is an essential skill in all data engineers’ toolsets. However, early in my career, I found data modeling to be extremely difficult: partly because there is not a formulaic approach to modeling data and partly because the information available is based on set theory, which I have never…


The essential skills required for all data engineers

The explosion of data volumes and throughputs in the business climate have led companies in the direction of data-driven decision making. Historically, data scientists have reaped the benefits of this new found direction. …


Three Questions to Consider Before Starting a Business

Starting a business is both exciting and daunting. It is the beginning of a legacy, and it requires you to harden yourself against inevitable rejection and 80 hour work weeks. It is crucial that we start a business with a proper foundation; else, we risk complete and utter failure. …

Travis Cooper

Engineer and entrepreneur dedicated to learning something new every day.

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