I'm Najaf Ali (my friends call me Ali), this is my personal web page. I write here about a large variety of things. I am a web developer by trade, I have a family with two kids, and I spend most of my free time with family, practicing BJJ, or drinking in Kokubuncho.
I'm currently a freelance Ruby developer based in Sendai, Japan, working primarily with UK and US based clients.
- 2018-12-02 The end of Happy Bear Software
- 2018-02-10 You are not a resource
- 2017-11-25 How I Read Books
- 2017-10-22 A developers guide to human networking
- 2017-10-22 Moving to Japan
- 2017-01-17 Programmer Career Middle Game
- 2016-06-23 The Black Cube
- 2015-12-14 Loving your new baby
- 2015-12-01 An abridged personal history of racism (regularly updated)
I've given a few talks at the London Ruby User Group and at various Ruby-related conferences.
- 2018-03-23 Mental Models for Better Code - Bath Ruby 2018
- 2017-07-07 Debugging for New Developers - Brighton Ruby 2017
- 2017-01-09 A developers misadventures in business - LRUG January 2017
- 2014-11-05 Better Security For Your Rails Applications - RubyConf Uruguay 2014
- 2014-06-09 Adventures with data structures and algorithms - LRUG June 2014
- 2013-12-09 From a raw TCP socket to a Rails application - LRUG December 2013
In non-fiction I read a lot about things that might help me be better at life. Here's a quick note about how I read books.
- 2017-11-21 3/10 - Principles: Life and Work, Ray Dalio
- 2017-09-01 9/10 - Designing Data Intensive Applications, Martin Kleppmann
- 2017-07-13 5/10 - 24 Assets, Daniel Priestley
- 2016-04-15 4/10 - Oversubscribed, Daniel Priestley
- 2015-12-23 9/10 - Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport
- 2015-11-01 7/10 - High Performance Browser Networking, Ilya Grigorik
- 2015-08-10 8/10 - The Art and Science of Technical Analysis, Adam Grimes
- 2014-08-07 7/10 - Getting to Yes, Roger Fisher, William Ury
- 2014-03-06 8/10 - So Good They Can't Ignore You, Cal Newport
- 2013-05-06 9/10 - The Personal MBA, Josh Kaufman
- 2012-09-04 9/10 - Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, Jake Adelstein
- 2010-11-01 7/10 - The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan, Alan Booth