It’s official, we’re moving! After eight and a half years in our house on the NE side of San Antonio we’ve sold it and moving into a new one. Our new house is more central to town and inside loop 1604 which is a Godsend in of itself.
Here are a few pictures of the new house, I’ll post some more once we get moved in
I’m going back to JavaOne again this year! I enjoyed the conference last September and I’m looking forward to this year’s conference. A little bummed it’s not in the Mascone Center (again) this year but overall I thought Oracle did a good job with the Hilton, Niko, and Parc 55. Sessions are booked, flight reserved, and hotel ready. San Francisco here I come again!
This video was shown to me just the other day and I couldn’t stop laughing. Let’s just say, there’s truth in humor.
This week I’ve been able to utilize my nothing box to it’s upmost potential, probably more than I ever had. To be honest, I find it hard for me to just do nothing on a regular basis but I managed to do it this week. I turned off the work phone, didn’t check my work email, and just enjoyed some family time. Sometimes, that’s all you need to have a great vacation, do nothing.
Every year at work we review our development and performance objectives. How did we do on them, what are the objectives for this year, etc. Since I pick my development objectives I’ve decided that one of them will be to learn three new languages/frameworks. There are plenty of languages and frameworks to choose from, so much in fact that I have had a hard time nailing down which ones I want to try and tackle. Of the many options to choose from I’ve narrowed down the list to the following six:
Objective C – really get into it this time especially now that I have my new MacBook Pro
Ruby On Rails
I actually jump started my goal in the beginning of the year by attending one of the SATJUG meetings which was over Grails. The presentation at the JUG was enough to grab my attention and bump it up in my list. Groovy is an interesting language and I’m really liking how the Grails framework makes use of it’s dynamic nature. There’s also some entertaining value of having a class called GString in the core language. Scaffolding is nothing new but Grails does it with flair. Throw GORM into the mix and you have yourself a pretty slick web framework. Despite all that I don’t see it having a home at work other than for prototyping due to our ‘culture’ which saddens me. Regardless, this framework has a lot going for it.
I still haven’t picked my next language/framework, I’m open to suggestions, but I hope the next one I pick is as unique and versatile as Groovy/Grails
After much deliberation amongst myself I finally broke down and bought a new 15″ MacBook Pro. Thank God for the USAA employee discount because it saved me a lot of money. I decided to not get the SSD at this time going for more hard drive space over the speed. The 128GB SSD just doesn’t seem like much when you have 80GB of music and 10GB+ of videos and pictures….
Processor – 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
Memory – 4GB DDR3 (who actually pays for the upgrade?)
Hard Drive – 500GB SATA 7200
Upgraded display and a few other small upgrades
My existing MacBook, that’s MacBook not MacBook Pro, is a good 4 years old and has served it’s purpose of watching movies and surfing the web well. I’m looking forward to actually being able to code and run services without waiting 10+minutes for anything to load.
The Pragmatic Programmer won’t teach you how to program in a specific language or tell you the answers to all of a developer’s life questions. What it does do, very well I might add, is give you a advice from their experiences that can help you become a better programmer. If you’ve been programming for a while like myself or just getting into it this book will help guide you along the way.
Not that it comes as a shocker to anyone but I find myself hardly ever updating the site. On a similar note I find myself checking other people’s Twitter status instead if their blog for the very same reason. Say goodbye to blogging and hello to micro-blogging (ironic since I’m writing this in my blog)! As social media becomes more and more prominent I have to wonder what will become of personal blogs. WordPress seems to be shifting to an all inclusive content management system but will it last?