Author Archives: pkisensee

Tell Me About Yourself


I’ve been interviewing a lot of software engineers lately. I typically start my screen with a question like “Give me a two minute overview of your career.” The goal is to give the candidate some time to settle their nerves and … Continue reading

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Quantum Management


At the recommendation of my current manager, Laura, I read this article from James Everingham, the head of engineering at Instagram. It’s an accurate description of my management philosophy. The gist is that managing by interjecting your views into the conversation … Continue reading

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References For The Win


I love single character code changes that generate massive performance improvements. Unreal has had static code analysis passes not too long ago. It’s surprising that SA didn’t identify this issue. It’s also unlikely that programmer code reviews would have detected something as tiny as a … Continue reading

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July 4, 1977


It was the summer before 4th grade. Jimmy Carter was president. Apple Computer had just incorporated, and the Atari 2600 video game console had been released, but personal computers were still a novelty. I wouldn’t use a PC for many more years. … Continue reading

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Baking with Swarm


One of the challenges in game development is pre-computing static lighting. Emulating photons bouncing around in a virtual environment can require legions of compute cycles. This process is called baking. The end result is a lightmap, a compact data structure that represents the way … Continue reading

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Windows Installer: Removing Folders


Recently I put together a Windows Installer package (MSI file) for our team to use internally. Without you having to do any extra work, the Windows Uninstaller automatically takes care of deleting any folders where it installed content. However, if an app … Continue reading

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Windows Installer: Firewall Settings


Recently I put together a Windows Installer package (MSI file) for our team to use internally. The app I was installing communicates with other apps on our internal network, and it requires certain network ports be open for ICMP and … Continue reading

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