All Work and no Play…

Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach

All Work and no Play

makes for a dull developer

It has been a very busy time for me lately. Lately, more like a year or two. Busy for both my professional life and personal life. I have not had time for any of my hobbies that I enjoy; this blog, photography, or even writing code just for the fun of it.

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Some of My Favorite Tools 2017

We are nearing the end of February 2018 and I thought I would do something a little different.  Maybe not overly exciting but like most things I post I hope someone will find something useful.  Better yet maybe someone will leave a comment and I will find something useful.

My Favorite Tools From 2017

I am not going to make this about 2018 as it is too early.  I thought I would spend some time on my favorite developer related tools that I used a lot in 2017.  This will not be a review, just a list with maybe a few pros and cons.

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Review – GIT: Version Control for Everyone

Git: Version Control for EveryoneRecently I read a short book entitled GIT: Version Control for Everyone by Ravishankar Somasundaram. I obtained this book as one of Packt Publishing’s free learning offers.

Every day Packt Publishing has a free eBook, usually they are a little older but still relevant. I have purchased eBooks from Packt before and their commitment to offering free learning keeps me coming back.

This post is about my review of the book, not Packt Publishing, so lets move on to the review.
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Vivaldi Adds Docked Dev Tools

Vivaldi Version 1.10

Vivaldi released 1.10 to the stable channel. This release contains one of the items I have most desired; docking and floating the DEV Tools.  They have also included other nice updates to the Start Page and other items.  For me I really wanted to dock my DEV Tools.

You can read about the full release at Vivaldi Powers Up the Start Page and Adds Docked DEV Tools.

Why I Care

Personally I like being able to place my Dev Tool window where it is most convenient to me. Sadly this varies with what I am doing. Sometimes the default floating option is fine.  Other times I want it docked somewhere inside the page, even then not always in the same spot. Of course if you don’t use your DEV Tools that much then it probably doesn’t matter.

As a side note, this patch appears to have fixed my streaming issues. So I get to use Vivaldi as my default browser again with the DEV Tools working the way I like!

The freedom of choice with the DEV Tools was one thing I liked about Opera. Vivaldi replaced Opera as my main browser due to its ability to be easily customized.

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The React.js Venture

Greetings!

ReactLogoI am just now starting my adventure into React.js.  There is one project I have been on that is Angularjs but there are some others in the enterprise that are React.js.

So far I have done the quick Tutorial: Intro to React at the React site.  I am also in the middle of the PluralSight course React.js Getting Started by Samer Buna.  Obviously I have not looked at any serious production source code yet.

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OneNote vs Highlighters & Paper

What is This?

There was a time when I used to prefer to print documents so I could make notes on them and kind of map things out.  Needless to I have not needed to do that in a long time.  Until yesterday.

I had written a test, bigger than a unit test but nothing huge.  I needed to test my methods that would take a string from a database with special mark-up and make it into JSON.  The special mark-up would allow information from another database to be injected and some XMLish in it would map fields from our object to the JSON.

I had three text things I needed to view; the source string, the data object, and the JSON generated.

I had two tests like this and did the first one the old-fashioned way.  I printed each text on its own paper and went to work making sure things were correct.

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Database DevOps

Microsoft’s Channel 9 Visual Studio Toolbox talks about bringing DevOps practices to the database.

Database DevOps with Redgate Data Tools

https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Visual-Studio-Toolbox/Database-DevOps-with-Redgate-Data-Tools

The Vivaldi Web Panel

Vivaldi

Before I get too far into the Vivaldi Web Panel you may not know about Vivaldi.  You may wonder what this has to do with Enterprise Web Development.

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Luke Fabish – Tame Your CSS with Some SASS

SASS.  I have toyed with SASS a little, and I do mean a little.  We have it built into one of our projects.  Usually when you create your styling you rarely need to go change it.  So those few times I have managed to figure things out.

Personally that is not good enough.  It is one of those topics I keep meaning to learn about and yet not have the time.  I received an email with a link to Luke’s article from Simple Programmer.  It is a long read, but it is worth it.

Tame Your CSS with Some SASS by Luke Fabish

Simple Programmer is a great resource as well.  I highly suggest you subscribe to his news letter.  You never know what you mind find in your inbox; today I found this article.  I went to Luke’s site and saw right away several more I would like to read.

Add Some Color to Your SSMS

Colors Are Spice For Your Eyes

Graveyard Trail

One of the definitions of color at Dictionary.com is

the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement or hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.

That is quite a mouthful for something we can just look at and instantly appreciate.  Colors are a natural occurrence.  Colors can spice up a day in the mountains making it more enjoyable compared to the bland look of winter or the constant lush green of summer.

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