No, I did not fall off the face of the earth, however...

it sure felt like it. I just realized that I haven’t posted anything since Jan 17. Yep, that’s 3 months ago. Where did the time go? No excuse. Time to get back in the saddle. Interestingly enough, what I have to say today is very close to what I said on Jan 17. I’m getting to upgrade Terracotta to 3.2.1 tonight for a client. Also with 3.2.1 comes Ehcache 2.0. The upgrade from 1.

New Android SDK, Terracotta 3.2 and here I go to bootcamp again

This week, I signed up for the upcoming Big Nerd Ranch Android bootcamp near Atlanta. I attended the iPhone bootcamp last year and it was great. I’m expecting great things out of the class. It is taught by Mark Murphy, the founder of CommonsWare and the author of Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development. I’ve got a subscription to the Warescription so I’ve had access to Mark’s books for a few months.

Story Driven Development with Cucumber, RightScale and Punk Rock HR

This past week, Sean Cribbs presented “Story-Driven Development with Cucumber” at the Charlotte Ruby User Group. I’m still trying to get the hang of Ruby, but I have to admit, there are a lot of cool tools around the Ruby community, and Cucumber is no different. Here are a couple of items that I gleaned from the talk: miscommunication == waste focus of SDD is stay lean and create value if you haven’t reached the answer in 5 whys, there’s no value in the process I’m looking forward to spending some time with Cucumber.

Mobile analytics, Terrastore and getting off your butt

According to releases from both companies on 12/23, Pinch Media and Flurry are merging. I’m using both providers and have been pleased with both of them. I’m really looking forward to combined company and the new products that they will bring to market over the next year. I still haven’t tried out Google Analytics for mobile yet. I’ve got a small project that I’m going to do soon, so I’ll use GA for that one to see how it works.

ZXing, MongoDB and Search Exchange

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. No excuses, just didn’t do it. Lenya got back burnered, but it’s coming back out again next week. I’ve had a number of very interesting and cool quick projects with a client that precluded me from working on the Lenya implementation. I’m really excited about attacking this new project. MongoDB 1.2.0 came out on Thursday. I’m looking at using MongoDB for a couple of different use cases over the next couple of weeks.

Fun with Lenya and Roku adds new channels

This week, I updated my Roku HD’s firmware. I’ve known for a while it was coming, but for it to come during Thanksgiving week was an extra special surprise. The first two channels I added: Revision3 and TWIT. First show that I watched: Tekzilla. I’m looking forward to spending more time digging through the new channels and getting more value out of my Roku box. Still think it was the best $99 I’ve ever spent.