Hi, I'm Laurence Gellert, a software developer living in Portland, Oregon USA.

Laurence Gellert
I am currently keeping myself busy and out of trouble running a small software development company called Launch Gate.

Like any person born to write code, my interests in software are wide and insatiable. I work really hard to deliver quality. That means drawing on deep knowledge and experience, yet knowing my own limits. The secret of building great software is communicating and empathizing with whoever is on the other side of your work (users, co-workers, customers, clients). Few do this well, many not at all.

My blog has some some well read posts... and some posts I wish more people would read.


April 20, 2016 - Django Automatic Slug Generator Abstract Class
January 26, 2016 - My Answer To: I want to learn programming, should I attend a code school?
December 31, 2015 - Three Failings of Scrum and the Old School Solution
August 28, 2015 - Is localhost development obsolete?
June 18, 2015 - Example Django Model Count and Group By Query

Top Posts by Traffic:

  1. What is a Full Stack developer?
  2. Pros and Cons of RDS vs EC2 for MySQL with AWS
  3. Associative Arrays in JavaScript
  4. The Three Ways of Setting Breakpoints in JavaScript
  5. MySQL Maintenance Tasks for InnoDB with MySQL 5.1

Posts I wish Google would rank higher because I enjoy them:

  1. On Pluggers, Rockstars, Ninjas, and other fun labels for developers – which are you?
  2. How to write a proper commit message
  3. Laurence's List – Roadmap Features to Prioritize
  4. A Critique of JavaScript MVC frameworks – Beware of Rampant Asynchronous JavaScript Calls
  5. The Software Maintenance Efficiency Curve
  6. Architectural Components to Plan For From Day 1
  7. Why do software engineers always complicate things???