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A Confederacy of OSes, Part II

Continued from Part I Due to many factors, setting up Linux turned out to be Hell. Both the kernel and GRUB wouldn’t have the ability to recognize the aforementioned pseudo-RAID array as a single disk until later (I’m still not sure if GRUB does), so I first had to effectively wipe the filesystem in its…

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A Confederacy of OSes, Part I

So, recently I’ve been trying an experiment: I’ve been using Windows 7 as a base OS for my primary development box. Why did I do this, and how has it been? Allow me to explain. I have been a *-nix man for many years, starting with Mac OS X and it’s largely-FreeBSD/NetBSD-derived platform. I have…

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WOW! Now playing on Spotify!

Last year, we had the opportunity to work with WOW, a collaboration of the top Christian and Gospel music from EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Label Group, and Word Entertainment, by redesigning their website. This year, they asked us to come back and help them create an app for Spotify, an online music service. The…

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Freakin’ asymptotic notation: How does that work?

OK, I’ll be the first to admit it – math is my favorite subject. I know that makes me weird – even among fellow working software engineers – but it’s the truth. It’s also the truth that while they may be boring to many, knowing even a little bit about the numbers of computer science…

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CSSOff

Recently, Unmatched Style sponsored some “Friendly Markup Fisticuffs” where they issued design files to whoever wanted to compete, and the competitors would have two weeks to create a website using only their brains and their computers.  The rules were pretty straightforward: one page only necessary, all external libraries (jQuery, et al.) had to be included,…

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Technology Agnosticism and its Significance to Me

Starting out in web development, one fundamental truth that was difficult for me to understand is that there is no silver bullet for all client challenges. It was initially very easy to get comfortable building one kind of website with one tool; however, when a new challenge came along that tool wasn’t always the right…

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Dilbert Knows Agile

No planning, no documentation, no problem. That is the Agile development approach right? Well, I might be new to this Agile approach, but I would argue it’s MORE. I am a Project Manager by heart, so NO planning and NO documentation is simply unacceptable. Sorry Dilbert. Seeing how Agile Development is a buzz lately, I…

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Javascript Frameworks for Well Architected, Immersive Web Apps (Part I)

Immersive web applications involve sophisticated interactivity within the browser, connected to models and data persistence on the server. The structure of the application is clearly delimited between client-side and server-side, but the available tools for building web applications have often blurred this distinction. The result is applications that are difficult to design and maintain. Part…

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A Developer’s Arsenal: Mike Calhoun

What tools do you use daily in the course of your development, and why those tools in particular? Textmate. Q: How do you start an argument in a room of developers? Ask them “what texteditor is better and why?” I’ve always subscribed to the classic “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it” train of thought…