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MoonCake season

September 2, 2014 were cool enough to give out some free memberships and one is mine.

The site has a lot of design information, which is a different focus to competitors like codecademy or kahnacadeny.

In the “Treehouse Reviews” section, they go through existing sites and offer suggestions and changes. It’s available in the Library in the Bonus content section and 6 Episodes available already.

Short term Goals:
– 12 weeks business course.
– Create a personal website.




September 1, 2014

Galway is a lovely city. If you go there and are geeky, check out “Dungeons and Donuts”. The owner is very friendly. We took the train very early in the morning and spent the day walking around the city. The signs as Gaeilge are a welcome sight.

So more limited study hours this past weekend. 5 clocked hours in all, including Friday night.

New interesting things
1. Filezilla help documentation . Its a pretty well made ftp client when for all the years of use I have had to check it once, and it has good documentation to match the good code.
2. Free content from university’s. There is way more stuff available than I can reasonably get through. I found a free book on embedded systems today.

Back to study. The more I get through the easier it gets.

Good Luck to everything one else practicing and studying programming. The art is so long and life is so short.


August 24, 2014

I’ve been not pushing myself so hard in my free time lately and getting more rest as I’ve been a bit sick.

But I have covered at work and found interesting.
1. api testing (soap rather than json)
2. ssl’s testing and api over ssl testing

Testing hours where severely cut into this Sprint with a company all-hands meeting and company event. So I put in some extra time on Thursday evening. I’m not sure it was enough though, as some of the items where pretty long.

And I studied Maths, Cryptography, and Algorithms and Data Structures this last month. I really enjoy programming and c# is and interesting and complex language so I try to grab time where its available.

Looking back on my journey so far I can see where I understand stuff I couldn’t before so while progress is gradual it is real. I just wish I knew how to self study better when I was younger so I could have started earlier*

Things I still need to do. Start pushing code even rubbish code to Github. Find a project to contribute to.

* Not that I couldn’t learn to study better now.


July 31, 2014

I’m not in any way skilled yet in many arts. But this week has been good so far. The code kata’s feel like careful practice.

This week I’ve made a function to check if a number is a prime (division method), the Sieve of Eratosthenes, FizzBuzz and the Prime Factor kata. Maths Kata’s until Saturday.

I gave a technical talk and workshop for the rest of Support Engineering on Generic Services today, and that went well. I’m glad that’s over and I don’t need to think about the slides any more.

I keep thinking of extra stuff I need to get through so my to do list is getting longer. But I’ve got a list of exactly what I want to hit every day for the next couple of weeks so I’ll change it up after that if I need to.

Also I did some baking yesterday and they turned out pretty tasty.
So Lúnasa sona muid!


July 28, 2014

Since the last update I’ve studied in my free time:

Maths (graph theory, probability, primes)
Cryptography (xor and more xor)
Algorithms and Data Structures
Code Kata’s.

I’m also making a bit more of an effort to push code to GitHub, even rubbish code.
I’ve code still on the laptop and windows desktop I haven’t pushed but I’ll do that before the weekend, so i can get to a point where I’ll be able to pull code samples to any machine.

It feels like progress and learning. My maths is rustier than I would have thought but its stretching now and improving.


July 7, 2014

Handed in due work. I’m a bit burned out from crunch time. On holiday this week so mostly catching up on reading.

Since last time, I’ve done a bit more JavaScript (JavaScript the good parts) and algorithm practice in c#. Found an Oauth library I want to get used to. But just really downloaded it and glanced over it.

Also read/watched more on cryptography from the interesting coursera course. I was on the heartbleed email list at work, and read around about SSL at that time, so I’ve been meaning to deepen my knowledge.

Ah so much to learn, and not enough time.


June 27, 2014

Since the last update I did more of the Javascript course. I did some algorithm practice.  I watched a video on “testing on the toilet” at Google while I was ill (which made me laugh). I learned a bit more about security practices (including exactly why you use the standard protocols)

I’m not feeling that confident with the work i’ve done in the last two weeks since work has been busy and i’ve been sick. However I have actually still coded a lot and studied a lot. So confidence! and progress!

Yay go coding!

I am really looking forward to the next quarter. And I must book some holidays and chill for a bit.



June 17, 2014

I’m still going through stuff about the EU Directive on Consumer Rights.

I received an invite to Quibb. Its an interesting work based social network. Or more correctly there are some cool people in the network. I don’t see a lot of discussion, it seems to be more link sharing but I like it. 

No ruby today. Just and c#. I want to rebuild some of this with ruby on rails when I’m more comfortable with it. I have a feeling it will be a lot faster. 

I’m sure there was something else I did today that involved something new that I wanted to mention but with the heat, and lack of sleep I’m forgetting it. 

This weather

June 16, 2014

Its very hot, this weather. The git tutorial is nicely filling in some gaps. I’m up to lab 16. 

I don’t feel like doing more ruby today. I’m sleepy and too warm.

So I think I’ll mess around with c# today. 

Recent progress

June 15, 2014

I looked into “One month rails” and so far have decided not to try that. Like the chris pine book i’m probably passed most of what it can offer.

Instead I spent some time fixing my git ignore not to sent ssh files to github and fixing the connection to heroku for the new ssh keys. That’s all working correctly now. I’m going to finish the git immersion tutorial. I’ve been using it for a while using the github tutorial but I’m still not confident with it so maybe that will help. I’m not sure if it covers branching/removing files but that’s the bit I could do with more practice with.

I’ve started reading the beginning of Hartl’s tutorial. Hartl tutorial is for Rails 4. So I better finish my Rails 3 material first.