I have yet to fully ‘come-down’ from Brooklyn Beta. The come-down started the moment I walked away and it was intense. I had just experienced three days of cerebral stimulation and energising company. Walking to High Street station was ‘cold-turkey’, sobering and sombre. The sombre mood ebbed as the A-train took me North towards 185th Street. I felt privileged, energised and optimistic. I have a lot to consider. Enough about me, for now. What about Brooklyn Beta? A Conference, Literally When I think of industry conferences, I am often reminded of commercials and big unveilings of things you sort of know about already. Brooklyn Beta is a conference, the way a conference should be done. Brooklyn Beta brings many creative and technical individuals together in a friendly and a surprisingly, given 1300+ attendees, intimate atmosphere. Personally, I wanted to spend Continue reading
It’s that time again! Agile Staffordshire initiated a project a while ago aimed to provide a fun collaborative project that it could really sink its teeth into. Numerous changes of venue have hindered the project getting off the ground but there is now opportunity to get back on track. The full details of the May session are available, along with previous sessions, on the Agile Staffordshire Blog. This month’s session is on Thursday 23rd May at Staffordshire University, Beaconside Campus. Newcomers are welcome. The monthly sessions are a great way of getting involved in agile development practices and meet some industrial and academic practitioners.
Agile Staffordshire is running at Staffordshire University this month. It has been difficult finding a regular location recently, but Staffordshire University has some excellent facilities to host a good evening of software development topics. April’s meeting will be of particular interest to me as it is introducing Ruby, a language I have yet to use seriously. I am really looking forward to it. In summary, the meeting will be at Beaconside Campus in Stafford and will start at 19:00 in K102, The Octagon. Full details of the evening are available on the Agile Staffordshire Blog. I hope to see people there.
LESS is a neat library that extends CSS with dynamic behaviour. It is not the only tool of its type but I like it as it is fairly quick to configure. I tend to build HTML projects as a quick front end to some code. LESS gives me a quick way of making changes to style. PhpStorm 6.0 provides file watchers that run LESS in the background and compiles CSS while you work. This very brief tutorial will help you get things going on Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Configuring Node.js If you have LESS installed, skip this section. You need node.js installed, including the node package manager (npm). Download and run the installer package. Accept the default options. If you have installed Xcode in the past then your development environment will have already configured your shell to contain the Continue reading
CakePHP provides a lot of functionality. If you follow its naming conventions and practices as outlined in The Book, you get the functionality without having to write a lot of plumbing code. The worked examples walk you through the basics of creating a CRUD application. The problem I have with CRUD applications is I am not convinced that they exist. I have never been tasked with creating an application that merely creates, updates and deletes data. There is always a reason to collect the data and often this reason will result in some processing, which may be reports, operations, monitoring etc. Linking models to tables and establishing their relationships is useful and, as already mentioned, quite powerful. In this article I suggest that you have all of those models in place and have them implement any methods that are required, but Continue reading