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Confessions of a Web Developer XV

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve gotten a few things off of my chest and since I’m always full of peeves and annoyances I thought it was time to unleash:

  • I sometimes regret being a software engineer.  I’ve been doing a lot of manual labor for a friend lately (helping him build his house) and at the end of the day I see a physical object built and I’m cut up and tired.  My fingers are bleeding, my legs are tired and dirty, and I’m ready to pass out.  Satisfaction.  Other times I see college kids cutting my neighbor’s lawn and I’m incredibly jealous, as I’m stuck on this damn machine every day…
  • …though accountants would inform me it’s better to do what I do.
  • I’m getting really annoyed with Apple and the lack of advancement with Safari.  No webm support, still prefixing properties Chrome unprefixed forever ago…get with it, Apple.  Now I get why Google created Blink…
  • I don’t live in California and I’m glad I don’t.  Last trip I went to a bar with dev friends after work and everyone around me was talking tech.  There’s more to life than tech.  When you leave work…leave work.
  • I feel like a terrible father.  Even when I’m having fun with my son, I catch myself playing around on phone constantly.  Checking Twitter, Facebook, my stocks, etc.  A horrible habit I need to train myself away from.
  • Maybe Greece’s dire financial situation will make my bitcoin investment green again…
  • HBO and Showtime now available as their own service…a la carte TV is coming, and I cannot wait.  I have Netflix, HBO Now, and Showtime for less than $40.  Miles better than cable.
  • I don’t do framework-centric posts anymore and it seems weird — remember when frameworks ruled the world?!
  • I’m so cheap that I have a hard time using gift cards. Man, I’m cheap.
  • The only thing keeping cable television companies in business?  Live sports.
  • Having writer’s block sucks.  It happens too often lately.
  • My Node.js skills are pathetic. I’m petrified that I’ve fallen behind in this industry.

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Making Data Management Easy with Transpose

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One problem with data collection is that we all want capture to be quick and we all want data to be organized — but there’s seldom a utility that allows both. Evernote allows note-taking but it can lose its structure…and no one wants to work with a database or spreadsheet to ensure data is structured and easy to find. I recently spoke with the creators of Transpose, an awesome app for loosely organizing information without any hassle!

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Serve a Directory via Python

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Sometimes I’m working with a test HTML file and some JavaScript but need to work off of a served space.  In that case, I sometimes need to swap out folders within MAMP Stack which leads to a maintenance nightmare.  Bleh.

I recently found out that you can serve up a directory using one Python command line directive:

# Serves the current directory at:  http://0.0.0.0:8000/
python -m SimpleHTTPServer

Excellent.  No more directory and MAMP Stack juggling.  Even better is that the command is easy to memorize so no need to constantly look it up.  Keep this in mind when you want to work on something without a big server install!

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OSCON Portland: Conference Discount!

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OSCON Portland
O’Reilly puts on the best web industry conferences in the world.  These conferences include Fluent Conference, Velocity Conference, and the upcoming OSCON in Portland, Oregon from July 20-24.  Open Source Convention (OSCON) is a conference that focuses specifically on open source developers and the tools and possibilities they create!

O’Reilly OSCON, happening July 20-24 in Portland, gathers the software engineering and developer community to explore what’s new in open source languages, tools, and techniques. OSCON is the best place to sharpen your skills and discover important new trends, making you better at what you do and rekindling your love of all things digital. The agenda has a problem/solution approach, giving you a window into how your peers are solving problems and equipping you to apply them in the workplace. Save 20% with discount code AFF20. Check out the impressive agenda and speaker lineup.

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