Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The first beeps

One step closer. I had a little time to read the manual of commands and BASIC programming. It may not be the most efficient system but it has its romantic for sure.

Monday, 29 April 2013

First steps in Vice city

As a first day I had a very short time to spend with the music project. We had the Drupal beer and chat night where I had a nice time. But still managed to do a little preparation.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

New challenge: Commodore 64 music

I'm quite deep recently. I have so much influence and yet hardly any interesting topic to come up. When you read great articles and learn from them it's hard to be creative. I'm not gonna repeat what I've read, and don't have any interesting to present at the moment. Well, I rather make things, instead of spending my time with writing. I think I'm about to hit my journalist deep point.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Drupal code sprint

There is a 2 day code sprint at the TechHub Campus this weekend. I attended today and had a great time there.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Observing geeks

I've heard this story about Richard Stallman once that he is quite extravagant with his web surfing habits. This is the source. As we are mostly techie people it's our responsibility to keep up the illusion that we do science and computer. Hear my seven tiny tips to become a seemingly overly geek developer.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Tablet at work

I keep myself a pretty tablet addicted person. I bought my first one 2 years ago - I thought it's gonna a be a nice new toy - that turned to be an essential part of my everyday routine. Let share you some of the practices I do at work.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Not knowing things

I've got the Pro Git book to read not long ago. It's simply ridiculous how bad I am with certain technologies. So I was wondering what it means - not knowing something.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Great PHPStorm additions

Without a doubt PHPStorm is one of the best code editor environment. If you've never done that, you might want to dive into the reference at least once. Apart from the obvious features and settings I share my favorite extras.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Quick start with MongoDB and Drupal

We have got an interesting data model today. Hundreds of different properties with special behavior. Nothing is fixed and still requires a lot of flexibility. Among many option we raised the idea of using nosql. I remembered Drupal has a MongoDB module. Chx (Karoly) and many others were working on it.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

When inspiration is on holiday

If you watch Louie you may remember when he was preparing for the famous TV talk show. He had a call with Jay Leno about what he could expect as a host. There he said - nobody is funny 365 days a year. Same with writing. Some day I wish I would just blackout - and I would regret later, for sure.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Conway's game of life in CoffeeScript

First I've met the game of life theory at the uni on a class named: computer science in biology. It was fascinating, the first micro program that actually seemed to be alive. Tonight I finally got a few hours to implement the code.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Epic battle for ApacheSolr VBO

I had a quite interesting challenge today. On one of our site we're using Solr search with the apachesolr Drupal module. (I know SearchApi knows more, we have our reason for apachesolr.) At one point we've got a request for bulk operations. I easily scored the issue to a simple module install, when realized there is no such thing as apachesolr and vbo.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Little detective stories

One great thing in detective stories is the surprise when the identity of the murderer is revealed. Even it's a lot of twists and unexpected events - it doesn't require too much effort.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The upside down performance day

Some days turned to be more surprising than is should be. We had our sprint closing day and found a free hour to play with the project. I wanted to see if I could make the site faster by some helper module. I could not, actually.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

What makes a work environment great

Have you ever wondered about the perfect workplace? It's time to set your imagination free and listen to it. Maybe you can establish some of the components tomorrow.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Little local Drupal build script

Sometimes I realize how small tools can be a huge help in the everyday operations. One of the most embarrassing fact about me that I like typing. I like typing queries and scripts and whatnot. But this tool I tell you tonight is a really helpful one.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Expectation management

I've met this term a year ago, did not realize we do this many times. What is expectation management and when we use it?

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Day one at Frontend United

What a nice day at Frontend United. I guess that's the second year of the event and this time it is held in London baby. People seem to like Drupal camps also, but this event managed to generate more buzz on Twitter. So what happened?

Friday, 12 April 2013

Tired Friday Haskell prime components

Ugh, such a busy week. Brain cells are dead, inside is a black stingy dirty mud. Rotten classes and filthy mediator patterns. Chara·cters in UTF16 and bits in little endian. To avoid any kind of human interaction and the even slight chance of bs-ing I decided to turn to my old friend, Euler.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

How to handle undefined variables in PHP

I have dominant frustration in non strictly OO PHP projects. It's usually full of complex variables, where you need to dig deep in order to access the values you're interested in. Which is all right, that's the way our Lord created the language and in general the code. But those unexpected undefined variables ...

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

How data tracking can improve your life

This post is not about StatDiary. It's much deeper into the world of data. I've talked with a lot of people about data tracking and got the surprising feedback that they are not really interested in data. I have a different view on that.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The dangerous UIView

I don't even know how many times I was struggling with UIView. The thing is, that's normal, I mean the complexity it carries. It's not a procedural model, it's all threaded and asynchron at the backend.

Monday, 8 April 2013

At the Quantified Self meetup

I managed to get to the London Quantified Self meetup tonight. It was also in the Google Campus. I was a longtime they had the last meetup so I was really curious how this goes.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Almost there with the StatDiary app update

There is a deep joy in development. When you can do the same thing for days and weeks. You're so deep you don't even know what reality is. Everything is structure and data and algorithm. That's why I feel so blue when I cannot invest the proper time in a private project, like StatDiary. However I still have to fix the 4 inch screen layout. A little update about that with some tiny Objective-C practices.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Make your private room on iRC with a bouncer

At work we used to IM each other, one-to-one communication all the time. It's not too hard to imagine how useful a common channel can be. Giving a shout out, announcing news, asking for help or sending nude cat pictures. In any cases a group channel is always a bless.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Quick Selenium WebDriver TestNG setup

Some Fridays I have no idea how can I squeeze anything out of me other than inappropriate jokes and fantasy stories. However I was curious how one can do a TestNG test using Selenium WebDriver.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Why coding is important when you learn coding

I know, it's very close to yet another commonsense topic - but - I think it worth to emphasize and say aloud. In order to code well you have to write a lot of code.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

This thing with social behavior

I was thinking about social engineering and the way it evolves. Social is something really popular nowadays, used for many purposes and at the same time it's using us.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Why I like the Drupal community

The other day I had a late night chat with Attila. General stuff, Unity and C# and girls. Then out of a sudden he asked if I still like Drupal and the community. I guess the fact itself that he asked is partially answering the question.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Fight for the 4 inch screen

It's high time to update the StatDiary application. In order to move the service to a new server I have to update a tiny string - and fortunately because Apple is insisting to make all new apps iPhone 5 compatible I have to change the views to work on the 4 inch screen as well.