For years, I’d heard a story that the popularity of the song caused a spike in the number of children named “Tammy”. I was curious whether that was true.
Using Synergy, it’s relatively easy to configure the arrangement in the following diagram:
Recently, I’ve gotten involved with my college alma mater, as a mentor and a member of the alumni board of my college within the university. One thing struck me, not too long ago, as I walked across campus. My alma mater has changed quite a bit since I left there, after obtaining my bachelor’s degree, 30 years ago. Yet, when I step foot on campus, part of me still feels like I’m going home again.
This feeling is rather odd, when I stop to think about it. I spent a mere four years of my life there—a drop in the bucket, considering that I’ve spent 12 times that many years not being there, both before and after. Yet, walking on campus, three solid decades after I left, still evokes strong feelings and strong memories.
Perhaps it’s because I still count several people from those days among my very closest and dearest friends. However, while I think that’s a big part of the feeling, there’s more to it than that. I believe those coming-home feelings are a testament to the impact the college experience can have on the lives of people who are just beginning to reach for adulthood.
To all those high school seniors who are ready to fling their mortarboards high in the air and spend a carefree summer, before moving on to college: Make the most of your college days. Soak up new friends, new experiences, and new knowledge. Enjoy the new feelings of freedom, and embrace the new responsibility you have for ensuring your own success and happiness. Enjoy what you can, even while working your butts off, because the experiences coming up are likely to have a lasting impact on your entire life.
Lately, I’ve been building some web applications using version 2.0.4 of the Play Framework. Overall, I find I like the framework. In my opinion, it compares favorably with technologies like Django and Ruby on Rails, especially for those of us who find that compile-time type safety provides useful benefits.
However, one area where Play lags far behind the competition is in CSS asset compilation.
So, I decided to run some tests…
In this brief article, I demonstrate how to create a simple SBT project to pull in the appropriate dependencies, as well as how to call the QRGen library from Scala.
For one of my clients, I built a customer web portal in Rails, and I used the ActiveAdmin gem to provide a slick administrative interface. The site also uses Resque to process background jobs, and the Resque web interface is mounted within the Rails application.
With these components in place, I wanted to provide cross-linking navigation menu (“navbar”) items within the application itself, within ActiveAdmin, and within the Resque web engine.
The application navbar is easy, of course, since it’s entirely under my control. Adding links to Resque web and ActiveAdmin navbars is more challenging.
Here’s how I did it.
Awhile ago, I finally decided to bring the build process for one of my open source Java projects into the 21st century. Since I find Maven irritating, I converted the project to use Buildr, a Rake-based build tool that contains, among other things, Maven-style dependency management.
Life was good. I had a nice, simple build, with all the power of Ruby at my disposal, and without any need to edit XML, which sucks.
Then, someone reported a bug: The Buildr-generated POM did not contain dependencies. As the author of the bug report wrote:
Maybe they should be added to the POM, so my build system (I use Gradle) will be able to download all the required jars?
That, of course, is a perfectly reasonable request. As it happens, it was easier requested than accomplished.
I use Jekyll to generate more than a few web sites. I like the separation between the HTML presentation and the Markdown content, and I like that its easy to migrate Jekyll web sites to and from GitHub Pages.