Random bits of information by a developer

28 March 2009

Stay At The Hospital

I know I said I would blog about Ivy first but we had some other stuff that happened after that last post. My wife started to have really bad pain on her mid-section on Thursday night around 10pm or so that kept intensifying. We were worried it might be her appendix so we went into the ER. Neither of us really like hospitals but sometimes it's just best to go. Anyway we sat there in the ER room, not the lobby, for about 30 minutes until someone to came see us. I could be wrong, but I don't think they were that busy. The whole point of this post is just to rant about being in an emergency and not being able to get any help. Very, very annoying. We found out that she has gall stones and will need to have her hall bladder out :( Bad way to end a week, but it's been a bad couple of weeks. Here's to hoping for a better one next week.

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26 March 2009

Future Topic

I'm sure my readers have noticed I don't follow any sort of schedule or topic list in my postings, after all I did call it Random Bytes :) One of the postings I plan on doing Real Soon™ is about Ivy and what they call configurations. Unfortunately the documentation really isn't all that clear nor easy to grok. It took me almost a week of looking through examples and reading the docs to really understand how it all works. I'm hoping that by blogging about it someone will be helped. That will probably be one of the next posts I do. I would like to take a look at Gradle, a build system, yes another one, for Java/Groovy. I saw it before and glanced at it for a sec and was interested in learning more but I haven't had the time yet. My good friend Dan Allen (if you're reading this Dan, I hope you don't mind) had a tweet about it a couple of days ago from when he was at TJSS, that just made me more interested. I'm still working on the SeamTest man pages, and they're coming along nicely, maybe a few more weeks until I'll have a first draft ready to go. I'm also trying to fit in some coding on DBunit (dbunit.sourceforge.net) to allow it to handle schema and table creates and drops, something that it is sorely lacking. Judging by the talk on the dev list this will probably be something that goes into a 3.0 release along with some major refactorimg of the code base. There you have it, a rough outline of things to come on my blog.

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25 March 2009

New Blogging App

I'm trying Lifecast to keep my blog up to date with the simple updates. Larger posts will probably be done with the regular web interface or via Google Docs. If you can't tell I'm very happy with my new iPhone!

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Proud iPhone owner

We bought iPhones the other day, so both my wife and I become some of the newest members of the iPhone family. I've played with the iPhone before and was very impressed with how easy it was to use. I really enjoy having it. I think the thing I like the most is having the internet with me everywhere! I love it! Now 3G may not be as speedy as I'm used to at work or home, but you couple that with (hopefully) mobile device aware sites and it's really not that bad. Like any good geek I downloaded the Lightsaber application. It's a very, very worthless application, but it's fun :) I also downloaded a couple of Twitter (www.twitter.com/lightguard) applications and it's pretty easy to use so I'm happy there. I am looking for a blogging app (free preferably, yes I'm cheap) that I can use to update this blog, maybe I'll post a little more frequently.