Technical Training

This week I am attending a training class at work for advanced JavaScript and jQuery.  I have been looking forward to this class for weeks, and so far have not been dissapointed with the content or the instructor.  That said, there are some gotchas to training, particularly technical training, that I have learned over the 16 plus years I have been working professionally in the world of software development.

Firstly, finding the time to train is always difficult, particularly when your internal customers find out that you are in the building still and occasionally checking voicemail and email.  I often find that I feel like I am shirking my real duties while I am away at training.  This if complete and utter bunk of course, but it doesn’t how I feel.  So, I end up working on issues and projects before training, during lunch, and after training sometimes including in the evening from home.

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Routines are Hard

Routines, are hard.  I know, I have just let the secret out of the bag haven’t I?  Of course I haven’t!  If routines weren’t hard we would all be way more productive and happy people.  If you want to get down to it, morning routines, in my ever so humble opinion, are the hardest to implement and maintain.

Actually, having said all of that, is it really so hard to develop a routine, or is it truly just that we have habits that are hard to break.  In theory, you come up with an idea of how you want a stretch of time to play out.  If I had my druthers, I would wake up at 4:45am every morning, go to the gym, get cleaned up and ready to go for the day, spend some time reading and writing, then off to work.  Easy enough.  I mean nobody is holding me back.

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Goodbye Developer Design

As a Java web developer I find myself constantly at odds with the face of my applications. I mean, I have no problem doing full stack development.  Building up from my database, on through my middle and service layers all go fairly well.  I even have no problems implementing functionality on the front end.  All of that happens easily enough for me, but my UI/UX skills are still basically at a level I call, “developer design.”  This is NOT a good label to be saddled with in a world of minimal yet powerful designs that we live in today.  You can’t just get by with that kind of shoddy user experience any longer if you want to compete.

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Desk PM Testing Continues

I have mentioned in the past about the fact that I am lucky enough to be one of the testers for a soon to be released applications called Desk Publishing Machine.  Unfortunately, my priorities over the past several months have pulled me away form being able to do much testing, but that is now changing.  The testing of this awesome new application and some of my personal projects are now more aligned and I am once again able to start helping out.

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iPhone 6 Plus Purchased

So I pulled the trigger on my iPhone 6 plus this morning.  Apple’s sight says that it will ship in 3-4 weeks.  I am hoping the rumors I have been hearing of Apple shipping way sooner than that are true.  I opted for the Space Grey 64Gb model.

My boys and I ran out to the local Apple store this evening so I can actually hold the iPhone 6 Plus in my hands and I was mostly impressed.  I was surprised to see it is very thing, almost too thin to be honest.  It is a good more more narrow than my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but at the same time it was probably a half inch or more longer than my Note 2.  I would like to have seen it to be no longer than the Note 2, but it isn’t bad considering I have gorilla hands.

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