A few weeks ago, I started a Java-oriented podcast. It's not actually solely my content - it's actually based on user-submitted data from an channel on the Freenode IRC network. If you're wondering, IRC is what Slack and Hipchat were before they decided to spawn clients that looked pretty and took up four gigabytes of… Continue reading I have a podcast now.
When you're working with NodeJS in JetBrains' excellent WebStorm IDE, don't forget to configure your NodeJS environment properly. I was using the default configuration, and it was warning me that process.env wasn't imported, and needed to be. Everything ran okay, though, so I was not very pleased with the warning. I want my warnings to… Continue reading WebStorm tip
Recently, Ted Neward posted a link on Facebook, "How We All Miss the Point on School Shootings," by Mark Manson. It's got some interesting points to it, the most crucial of which is that thoughts about gun control and mental illness are not the best conclusions from such events, but the disconnectedness between us as… Continue reading Think about your connections.
I have a blog that I keep anonymous, for specific reasons. I think it's worth reading, but due to anonymity, I don't know how to promote it. Any suggestions? It's not a blog that's unethical, or immoral; it just deals with subject matter for which my authorship would be surprising, and my identity would affect… Continue reading How do you promote an anonymous resource?
Recently I read a link from Gizmodo ("... I'm going back to Firefox", after eliding a curse at the beginning of the link) where a developer was deciding to abandon Google Chrome for Mozilla's Firefox browser. The article suggested that Chrome was bloated, slow, crashing often, used far too much disk and memory space, used… Continue reading Firefox vs. Chrome
Recently, someone said that I needed to put more of the things with which I'm experienced on my resumé. They're right, but it's not an easy task, for a few reasons. The main reason is that it's too long. If you can name a mainstream language, chances are I've done something meaningful with it. Perhaps… Continue reading My Actual Skillset
I've been making some progress with my Java 8 streams and lambdas explorations. I'm still not anywhere near an expert yet, and chances are that the literati would see my attempts as childish and ignorant, but that's okay. How else do you learn? What I've been working on is a tokenizer. I'm feeding data from… Continue reading Repost: Java 8 Streams: filtering and mapping
By far, the most common questions in Freenode ##java center around the concept of classpath. It's funny, too, because the questions are often asked by people who - upon questioning - insist that they understand classpath, they really do... and then, upon having it explained to them in excruciating detail, manage to solve their problem.… Continue reading Repost: Rocket Java: That stupid classpath thing you should understand.
Every so often I'll describe something (or someone) as having failed the "stupid test," my term for considering something like a third-grader would and seeing what the result is, while the devil in the details might make sense. The Stupid Test is what you fail when you, well, refuse to execute someone on the grounds… Continue reading Repost: The “Stupid Test”