Thank You and Good Night

This is going to be a really short one. We had a big web site go live for a client this weekend. I’ve been up for 36 hours, but I did sneak in a 2 hour nap and the caffeine is beginning to run out. . . Here are the highlights leading up to and through the launch, in no particular order: migrated from a Windows based environment to 64 bit Linux.

Do as I say, not as I do

Proper planning will keep things from turning into emergencies. Lack of planning makes everything an emergency. #fb — Scott Allen (@ScottJAllen) September 17, 2009 I broke one of my cardinal rules over Labor Day weekend and I meant to blog about it last week, but I was too ashamed to admit what I did. I jumped the gun and upgraded the trusty MBP to Snow Leopard. Boy, was that ever a HUGE mistake, at least for me.

Don’t hide your pyro under a basket…it’ll burn it up

This has been a very interesting past few weeks. For the people that follow me, you may notice that I didn’t post last week and my tweets have been sparse. The short story is I ended up having to go the doctor unexpectedly last week, but everything is all good, so thanks for asking. I have not been able to make as much progress as I wanted yet on the iPhone development course due to client commitments and the doctor visit, but I’m going to be mind-mapping it out this weekend.

Do you really wanna be a hero?

This past Monday, I attended SocialFresh in Charlotte. I typically don’t spend a lot of time in the social media space, but a number of my clients are wanting to “get started” in the social media space. For me and my company, it makes sense to learn the basics and then pull in the smart people when I need them. There were a number of very good sessions, but there was one on Twitter (how can you have a social media conference without making verbal love to Twitter?

Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from Tron and Ehcache

As I write, I’m cruising at 27,000 feet from Miami to Charlotte after spending part of the week on site with a client. Very productive, but the week flew by way too fast. This week had some fairly major announcements in the Java arena. Terracotta acquired Ehcache. That’s probably the best news I’ve had all year. I am a huge proponent for Terracotta and our client uses Ehcache extensively. Even though I’m a Terracotta fanboy, I will admit I did have some questions on why they were building their own cache to support the greatly expanded Hibernate support in 3.

Lines, nerds and bears…oh, my

Ok. . .that’s not really an original line, but stick with me. Hopefully it will make sense as I move through this. Here’s the attempt at “Lines” Remember last week I was whining about all the WordPress upgrades I had to do the previous week? There was yet another one this week (2.8.4) and it was an interesting one. If this is going to keep up, I’m going to have to spend some time automating my upgrades to save more time.