The Importance of Baking Your Apps

I see a lot of companies who move at a neck breaking pace and crank out their application iterations at alarming speeds. Just as users upgrade their client and run it, they are met with another update message. Users start finding themselves constantly updating to keep up. This is usually the result of short cycle agile methodologies that doesn't wait to batch their fixes and features. From a development standpoint ...

Review of Java The Complete Reference: Eighth Edition

Today I wanted to share with you all another great book that I have in my library. Java The Complete Reference written by Herbert Schildt and published by Oracle Press is a beast of a book and contains just about anything you want to look up about Java. This particular edition came out in June of 2011 and has been updated to include JDK 7. As it stands it is ...

Java Doesn’t Need A Rewrite It Needs Hardening

So we have all seen the almost daily reports of zero-day bugs creeping into Java's platform recently. Many out there have said things like "Oracle has dropped the ball" and others have made calls for a massive rewrite of the way Java works. I understand that this recent flood of exploits have caused many of you concerns, I think the future of Java is getting brighter. I don't think Java ...

Help Wanted: Developers Who Are Also Janitors

Once, long ago, I use to be a janitor cleaning up after executives in office buildings as I put myself through school. At the time I would be sweeping the floors as I saw some of those workers crunching through their spreadsheets late at night getting ready for their presentations the next day. One guy I saw did a lot of print shop type of stuff, graphic work, troubleshooting etc ...

Creating a Custom YouTube “Sparkbar”

I received a question about this a little while ago and I finally got around to making a blog post about it. The person was asking about making a custom YouTube percentage bar like the one you see on videos right above the thumbs up and thumbs down icons. Intrigued I looked at the code and boiled it down to something that perhaps you all could use for a project... ...

Why Everyone Should NOT Learn to Code

I am sure developers everywhere have seen the recent flood of articles being put out there on sites like CNN or Code.org etc about how everyone should learn to code. The world is going to become this utopian society where everyone is going to code and write applications as easily as it is to read. Won't it be great? You could possibly have your fridge telling you when you ran ...