rc3.org is the personal weblog of Rafe Colburn.

I’ve been blogging since December, 1998, mostly about software development. I manage an engineering team at Etsy. We’re hiring. I’m also the author of a number of computer books on topics like HTML, Perl, and SQL. I also wrote a book on CGI programming back when it was a thing.

I tend to think a lot about systems and how they behave, whether those systems are applications, online communities, cities, or governments, and I’m always delighted to find patterns that apply in similar ways to small systems and large ones. I’m also interested in analogies between software development and pretty much anything else.

I did my first real online writing in the very early 90s when a friend and I launched a mostly unsuccessful competitor to Phrack magazine.

I am minimally invested in propagating Rafe’s Law:

An Internet service cannot be considered truly successful until it has attracted spammers.

Feel free to use it in conversation.

You can find me on Twitter, Github, and any number of other places online. I like speaking about software development. You can view slides and video from talks I’ve given on Lanyrd.