Devlog #19

Posted on Thu 20 August 2020 in Devlog

Pantrific is coming along. My primary focus has been on site navigation over the past few weeks. I decided to embrace Material design and things are looking decent. The navigation aspect is a bit confusing though. The plan is to have a navigation drawer for major feature areas and then …


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Devlog #18

Posted on Sat 08 August 2020 in Devlog

I started working on Pantrific again a couple of weeks ago with Dwayne. The original codebase was written using AngularJS for the front-end and Java with JEE for the back-end. The new codebase is being written with Angular for the front-end and NodeJS / Express / Mongo / TypeScript for the back-end. The …


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Devlog #17

Posted on Fri 29 May 2020 in Devlog

Code Along Blog

Dwayne and I got together on Monday night to talk about the future of Code Along Blog. We both decided it was time to call it quits.

We've been at it for roughly 6 months with barely 1 viewer per stream. Even the videos on YouTube barely …


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Devlog #16

Posted on Fri 22 May 2020 in Devlog

At work I've been looking at ways to further organize our codebase. The team had adopted an MVVM approach prior to my joining it but did not take advantage of data binding. Data binding allows one to reference and access their view models from the layout files. I'm still trying …


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Devlog #15

Posted on Fri 15 May 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

The final video of Start Page 2.0 project was uploaded on Monday. It didn't take very long at all to get it installed on my Unraid server. I was actually hoping to host the docker image locally, but it was much easier to upload it to Dockerhub …


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Devlog #14

Posted on Fri 08 May 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

Episode 8 of the Start Page 2.0 project was uploaded earlier this week. The entire project is now "built" and ready to be thrown into a Docker image. The last episode is coming up soon.

I continue to receive both positive and negative feedback on my videos …


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Devlog #13

Posted on Fri 01 May 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

I finished episode 7 of the Start Page 2.0 project. It was the start of wrapping things up. Instead of hard coding values like the API host and database connection info, these are now dynamic. The server pulls properties from the environment and falls back to a …


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Devlog #12

Posted on Fri 24 April 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

I haven't made any progress here due to focusing on locking down my home network and my server that hosts this site. I'm currently writing a "log ingester" that will pull various system log files into a MySQL database then graph the results in Grafana. Grafana is hard …


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Devlog #11

Posted on Fri 17 April 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

Two more videos were uploaded. I was hoping to upload one per day, but the hack event I blogged about yesterday put a stop to that. I am still in the process of getting a development environment back up and running. Prior to the hack, I kept my …


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Hacked

Posted on Thu 16 April 2020 in Random

Earlier this week after I woke up, I saw that my computer was on. At first I thought it was playing a video but didn't understand why it would be. Anyway, after a purchase was made on Amazon to the tune of $500 I noticed it was logged in to …


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Devlog #10

Posted on Fri 10 April 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

I uploaded another video to the "Start Page 2.0" series. Overall, I think this is the best video of the series so far. It is still a bit boring, but I was able to actually move forward this time.

Code Along Blog

Dwayne and I streamed again …


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Devlog #9

Posted on Fri 03 April 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

I uploaded another video this past week for the Start Page 2.0 project. I made more mistakes and at the very end I couldn't solve a problem I was having. After a day of rest I was able to figure out the issue pretty quickly and, just …


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Devlog #8

Posted on Fri 27 March 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

This week I uploaded the second video to the "Start Page 2.0" project. I feel a little better about it, but I honestly think I'm incredibly boring to watch. I'm hoping over time I loosen up a bit and show the person my family sees every day …


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Devlog #7

Posted on Fri 20 March 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

Two weeks ago I wrote about an idea I had for recording 30-ish minute videos and posting them without much editing. The project I decided on was to enhance my start page application to store data in a database. I explained the reasons for this in the video …


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Devlog #6

Posted on Fri 13 March 2020 in Devlog

Work

At work we hook into 3rd party applications for various things. One of these things is to handle our user authentication and login. Unfortunately, when this piece of the application doesn't work, development grinds to a halt until the other team can get that application back up and running …


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Devlog #5

Posted on Fri 06 March 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

Nothing new here other than some thoughts I had. I create two kinds of videos:

  1. one-off tutorial videos
  2. a video as part of a series where I build something.

Usually the videos are about 10 to 20 minutes long where I set out to accomplish a small task …


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Devlog #4

Posted on Fri 28 February 2020 in Devlog

  • CodeAlongBlog - On Monday, Dwayne and I streamed our work on the time component for the calendar, it looks very nice, but it feels awkward to use on a desktop. Later in the week, we got a simple website up and running. We're looking to expand our work to include an …

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Devlog #3

Posted on Fri 21 February 2020 in Devlog

Brary

I spent some time this week trying to fix the speed issues and layout issues that I have been seeing. The major speed bottleneck in the initial page load was the call to fetch all of the documents. It took a few seconds to fetch a few thousand results …


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Devlog #2

Posted on Fri 14 February 2020 in Devlog

  • Brary - Earlier this week I worked on the magazine ingestion part of the process. This exposed several issues that I need to address:

    • Cover images sometimes aren't rendered. I'm not exactly sure why but for some reason the API call to fetch the data for the particular magazine issue doesn't …

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SFQue

Posted on Thu 13 February 2020 in Random

Today, I stumbled upon one of the first software programs I ever wrote: SFQue. I downloaded and ran it inside of DosBox just to take a look at what I had made. It was interesting to see it run and read the words that I wrote so long ago. My …


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Maildev is awesome

Posted on Wed 12 February 2020 in Random

This morning I stumbled on a reddit post where someone showed what containers they have running on their home network. I always find these kind of posts interesting as it provides insight into what kinds of containers are out there and how people might be using them. One of the …


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Devlog #1

Posted on Fri 07 February 2020 in Devlog

  • Date Range Picker - I grabbed this task at work last week and finally wrapped it up this week. Prior to this, our picker was modal-based and very small compared to the rest of the screen so it looked a bit empty. The new picker, in my opinion, looks very nice …

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New Site - Take 2

Posted on Sun 02 February 2020 in Random

After playing around with Pelican for a couple of hours this morning, I decided I really like it. It involves using Python (which is a language I'm not too familiar with), markdown for the posts and pages, and Git. Technically, you don't have to use Git, but I decided I …


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Thoughts About the New Site

Posted on Sun 02 February 2020 in Random

I’ve been using WordPress for a long time and have barely scratched the surface, but I can’t help but see it as “bloated”. Just looking at the DOM makes me uncomfortable and I don’t like it. I know it seems silly to care about things like this …


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New Site

Posted on Thu 30 January 2020 in Random

The other morning while scanning Hacker News I saw a link to the Wayback Machine. I hadn’t been there for a while and figured I’d look around. The first thing I looked at was my old websites. I couldn’t find my first website, Insanity’s Edge, nor …


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