Data Access Layers

At my previous company we created a “data access layer” above all data access layers.  One guy mainly built and maintained our templates for generating code.  Another guy build complicated views for retrieving and updating data which applied business logic, etc.  The database became a repository for metadata about the system.  From then on, the […]

TopTV?

Being a guy and a geek, I tend to be rather gadget prone which can be quite frustrating when working on a limited budget. So when the 5 new pay tv licensees were announced about 3 years ago I rejoiced in the promises of lower cost pay tv and waited, and waited, and waited. From […]

Java Dates from a n00b point of view

After spotting that seemingly 90% of the methods on the Date class were deprecated, I started getting worried.  Then when new Date().getYear() started giving me odd numbers like 109 instead of 2009.  I started thinking “Wow! Those Sun developers must have been on some strong drugs when they designed this language!” So a bit more […]

Exporting BlogML from Subtext 2.1 and importing BlogML into WordPress 2.7

I currently run by blog using Subtext and I’ve been wanting to test out some features in WordPress for a while.  So naturally I don’t want to lose all of my blog posts and I’m not keen to write a whole bunch of code to read from the one database and write to the other. […]

Notepad2 Updated

I found out about this cool tool a few years ago and have used it since then.  Its free, it works, and it does syntax highlighting for all of the common file types that a developer might want to ever edit. I just read today that its been upgraded to v2.0.15.  NotePad2 is great! The […]

Ubuntu Links

Before I start on the links… People complain about windows XP having to download lots of updates after it is first installed.  Well I’ve found out, at work, that Mac’s have a lot of upgrades too and so does Ubuntu.  Tonight I got prompted to download about 238mb of updates! So far I’ve found that […]