Thursday, December 23, 2004

today's lesson boys and girls....

When the code "works fine" on your local, but behaves in a different way on the server......CLEAN the server.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004


Okay, so I've removed my last post about a Linux article I read as I've deemed it too emotionally driven and not an intelligent enough response. You may read the article here and form your own opinion.

This post still proudly brought to you by a Macintosh.

Friday, December 03, 2004

foiled again

I have learned my lesson. If there's any programming-related topic that I want to understand clearly, just start with Martin Fowler. The guy just has a way of making things make sense.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

cool toy

A guy at work turned me on to this cool toy that lets you share your keyboard and mouse with multiple computers. Unfortunately, the macs don't seem to be taking to it. :( If anyone has the fix, feel free to let me know what it is.

ioc hype

So, I've been reading about HiveMind lately. Not because I want to use it, but because I want to understand what all the fuss is about. It's main premise seems to be 'use HiveMind because what we wrote is better than what you could ever come up with.' Maybe that's true in my case, but not necessarily for some other smart person. The idea behind the framework has merit; I think they could've done a better job on their sales pitch.

"Yes, you could do this in your own code ... but would you really include all the error checking that HiveMind does? Or the line-precise error reporting? Would you bother to create unit tests for all the failure conditions?

Using HiveMind allows you to write the schema and rules and know that the conversion from XML to Java objects is done uniformly, efficiently and robustly."

As I read this doc, it keeps coming to me that I should really dump this IT gig and become an editor. My writing skills may have gone out the window long ago, but I can still nitpick with the best of 'em. An impromptu Monster search yields the perfect listing(!)

Wonder how much that pays..... would it be enough to support my shoe and automobile habit?