July 23, 2015

The risk in cutting corners in software deliveries

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The risk in cutting corners in software deliveries We have all been on a project or two, where the delivery date was fixed in time, due to dependant companies, public launch announcements.  Now hopefully those dates are planned around the work that needs to be done, with at least some buffer room for the eventual […]

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January 6, 2014

First Android app

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My First Android app Part of my goals for 2014, was to find the time to publish my app.  I have been working on the idea over the past 18 months, and have in fact tried out a couple of versions of it. The main problem I faced, is that I lacked the time to […]

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November 3, 2013

Deploying websites with a git post-receive hook

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I have been looking around for quick and easy ways for deploying website content from our version control system, without having a build process ( the site is ninety nine percent static html and has nothing to build ).  The only aspects that are interesting from a build process is a minifying resources and less […]

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March 24, 2013

Drupal modules failing to update on PHP 5.4

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This entry is mostly just a summary or a recap if you will of a few posts ( and 2 pages of replies and comments on the Drupal site Drupal Bug Page ). If you are experiencing the following error messages on a Drupal 7 site Update failed! See the log below for more information. Your […]

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January 4, 2013

AVD Emulator crashes on MAC ( emulator64-arm quit unexpectedly )

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I recently got back into doing some android development. Its been an adjustment period to say the least. One of those adjustments has been the slight differences of working on a Mac. I came across a bug today, that baffled me for a while and required some of my best “google-fu” to figure out. I […]

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March 8, 2012

The definitive way to implement a singleton in java

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I’ve been interviewing a bunch of candidates lately ( we are hiring ) for a senior java developer’s position, and i’ve come to realize how far from the basics numerous people have become.  You ask them about some ajax feature, or new app on facebook, etc, they jump at the chance to talk about this, […]

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March 7, 2012

Day programmer vs Night programmer : revisited

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A couple days ago DZone linked to the following article. The author goes on to define a Day programmer as someone who write code for a living, being mostly incompetant at their job, just doing this for a paycheck.  He then goes on to talk about night programmers as the leads of the technological world, […]

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December 1, 2011

Building your A team

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A couple days ago, I came across a blog entry that talked about building your A Team. An A Team is, for me, a list of individuals that you can feel comfortable surrounding yourself with, and that things will get done, well. These are usually people you’ve worked with before, and they are the people […]

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August 22, 2011

Easing the pain of Database maintenance on android

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I’ve been working on a couple android apps for the past couple weeks, and have gone through some of the “new platform” growing pains.  Not that Android is the problem, just the changing from a platform/framework that I am familiar with, to something new and exciting.  This post won’t cover how to use a database, […]

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July 20, 2011

What is J2EE/JEE?

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In the past couple of months my interaction with recruiters, placement agencies, head hunters and just other IT folks has increased as I have been looking for a new job, new contracts, new potential clients.  Having a relatively strong background in Java ( 10 years of having seen everything from distributed services via RMI, low […]

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