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bio website glmotorsports.wordpress.com
location Sylvania, OH
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Just another nobody out in the world, banging out some code from time to time...


Jun
4
comment Do we actually have to pay to make Windows Phone, Android, or iPhone apps?
Truth. That's the biggest problem I have trying to maintain some iOS and Android software that our company has. The emulators only get you part way there. Without actual hardware, it's really tough to develop for these platforms. And these platforms are so splintered now (even Apple's) that it costs a small fortune to get all the hardware needed for proper testing.
Jun
4
comment Do we actually have to pay to make Windows Phone, Android, or iPhone apps?
However, then hosting fees become a concern.
May
28
answered Should I bother to develop for JavaScript disabled?
May
23
comment How to decide between using an existing eCommerce solution and building your own?
Good point, this is another issue with the off the shelf ones I looked at. Multiple facility/business/pricing combinations are one thing that none of them really seem to handle very well.
May
23
comment How to decide between using an existing eCommerce solution and building your own?
The one thing that the common off the shelf ones seem to fall short on are custom configurators. If you've got a highly customized product that you're selling, make sure the platform can handle your requirements!
May
20
comment Why isn't Java used for modern web application development?
A lot of hatred towards JSF2 form @CraigRinger in these comments. :-) What is it about it that irks you? I found it complex to start with, but once I got going, I love it. Of course, I was using Spring before that, so anything else is going to look like an improvement... :-)
May
10
answered How do you cope with “brain farts”?
May
2
comment How does a programmer used to static languages cope with lack of Javascript tooling
I feel your pain. Dropping down into javascript is the web version of dropping down into assembly language on the client side. It can certainly be fun, but the toolsets are weak and productivity definitely drops with all the extra work you have to do. That's life in programming though. Not everything gets to be done at the highest level of abstraction. :-)
May
2
comment how safe/sane is it to use git for deployment on my webapp production server?
The update security isn't what I was warned about. The issue was with having the version control files on a box that can be accessed from the Internet. Something about being able to glean details from it that can be used to form an attack on either the exposed system and/or the dev computers? I really wish I could find the details again. I didn't keep track of them, I just walked away with the knowledge that there's no safe way (at that time, about a year ago) to allow version control deployment to servers exposed to the open Internet. :-)
May
1
comment how safe/sane is it to use git for deployment on my webapp production server?
I'm surprised that's something that hosting sites would do. I've always been told (by security minded folk) that it's a disastrous security hole and should never be done. :-)
May
1
comment Is JSF really ready to deliver high performance web applications?
I don't use JSF on highly loaded servers, but for light usage it's VERY fast, even when handling a lot of data. I've done a few custom apps for manufacturing in it and was impressed to the point where it's my primary web tool now.
May
1
comment Are you a member of a trade union?
@bit-twiddler Sounds like you've had some really bad experiences. I've worked at a number of places in my career and none of them required uncompensated overtime (or overtime at all). They've all been great to work for. I hear the high-tech sweatshop thing from sysadmins that I know, but not from any programmers. Are you in the gaming industry? I have read articles about how abusive that one particular industry is to programmers.
Apr
26
comment How to motivate team for knowledge sharing sessions
Not sure it can be done for free. Around here if you want anyone to show up for anything, it's going to require pizza. :-)
Apr
8
comment Reasons NOT to use JSF
Huh. If you can't handle JSF, what will you use? JSF is the lightweight, easy way to do things on the web (which is why I use it... I don't have time to learn all the stuff to do it the other ways mentioned!). As far as the output stuff, the only complaint I ever hear is about the use of tables. And in that regard the new thinking is that they're just fine. The old school way was to avoid tables at all costs, due to the way they were abused, but time has reversed that "best practice".
Apr
3
comment Is Groovy going away?
I've run across a local shop using Groovy now! However, I've still yet to meet anyone that uses Grails.
Mar
8
comment Extreme Programming Daily Commits
I'm always amazed that there are people that don't commit multiple times per day. Making small changes and merging repeatedly is the best way to avoid horrible debugging sessions in the future.
Mar
7
comment Is memory management in programming becoming an irrelevant concern?
I disagree with Jeff O. Mobile device capability is exploding so fast that I expect we'll very soon end up in the same boat as PCs (with having RAM and processing to spare). That's a good thing. Higher level development makes it faster & easier to knock out useful apps, but at the cost of RAM and processing.
Feb
25
answered When would you need “hundreds of thousands” of threads?
Feb
7
comment If I hire you for “a day”, how many hours are expected?
In my region of the USA, when a salaried worker goes in for "1 day", 9 hours of physical presence with 0.5 hour of lunch is the typical expectation.
Feb
4
answered git: having separate folder for development, why?