Archive for the 'coding' Category

Top 7 projects I’m actively working on

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Greetings, Recently I got a casual query from a user who was interested in what else I had going on. I do have a lot of projects that I work on, along with spending time supporting JBidwatcher.  What follows is a lightly edited version of what I told them… (1) Most obviously there is JBidwatcher […]

How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Core Data And Love MacRuby

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Greetings, I am not an expert Objective C, Cocoa, or Core Data coder. There, I admitted it. I expect some of the people viewing this will be, and I encourage you to let me know where I’ve gotten things wrong. I’m also sure my MacRuby style is…let’s call it idiosyntactic. Too long to fit in […]

The three kinds of Rails migrations

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Greetings, What alternative do you suggest for using models in migrations? I was in several situations where I had to not only change the underlying db structure but change the contained data, too. Data changes, especially moving data around, are almost always rake task-worthy in my experience. The other side of that, populating large amounts […]

Approaching an inherited Rails codebase

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Greetings, [Edit: Since writing this article up back in early March, I’ve moved on from this job. The folks who are now maintaining it at least know where the pain points are, can run migrations safely, deploy it locally, and to dev servers, and to the main deployment area.  It’s a working app, although I […]

To fire, or not to fire, ‘workaholics’…

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Greetings, There’s an interesting few blog posts going on about folks who work really hard. It started from Jason Calacanis’s article of tips on how to save money when running a startup (many of which are good, but #11 is ‘Fire people who are not workaholics…’) and that was picked up at the 37signals SvN […]

TDD: The ‘Logans Run’ of Software Development…

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Greetings, I want to start by making it clear that I know why testing is good, and that it’s really important, but I think that the TDD proponents are glossing over the most difficult part of a project. I would very much like someone to address the issue of modifying code that is not new, […]

JBidwatcher 1.0.1 is released

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Greetings, I’ve put up the latest version, 1.0.1 of JBidwatcher.  It’s mainly a bug fix release.  It includes a few new features towards better documentation, error messages, and recognition of eBay states, and a new (still completely optional) approach to the eBay affiliate idea. One of the important fixes has to do with a wording […]

Hackety Hack!

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Greetings, Programming should be fun, it’s what gets us programmers into it in the first place, and it’s what keeps us going at it. Too many layers have been heaped on programming these days; most IDEs are oppressive, process-oriented beasts. I, and many other programmers, have been concerned about how the next generation of programmers […]

JBidwatcher and CyberFOX status update

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Greetings, A concerned user recently asked me how I was doing in the aftermath of the issue with eBay sales of JBidwatcher, specifically: You seemed pretty depressed about it in your post to the website. I was. There was a really bad week there, while I was dealing with all of it, back and forth, […]

Pick your need, pick your tool.

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Greetings, I had a friend recently who asked about what programming languages they should learn. He primarily works as a system and network administrator, and had been bombarded by ‘Learn Ruby!’ from a bunch of evangelists recently. I assured him it wasn’t necessary, and came up with this interesting list. What language you work in […]