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Archive for October 2011

Database Lessons I’ve Learned

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Almost as soon as I started working at my first real full-time job, I was assigned to work on a website that was causing major concerns for the company’s largest client.  It had grown organically from supplemental material to critical information, and parts of it were so slow that it was almost unusable.  Fortunately, I had already used MySQL and PHP, the most important pieces of the site, so I was able to make some headway.  However, some of the lessons I’ve since learned would have made the whole process much simpler and faster.

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Written by eswald

25 Oct 2011 at 10:45 pm

Posted in Employment, Technology

Perfectly Faulty Code

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I’m constantly hearing about problems with products I maintain.  Depending on the type of issue, I go straight to the database, or straight to the code.  Given enough information from the user, I can usually figure out what’s actually going on, and why it’s perceived as buggy.  There are cases, though, where that approach has completely failed me; cases in which I’m absolutely positive that the code is correct, the data is correct, and what’s happening isn’t possible.  Enlightenment takes serious effort, and frequently leaves me feeling foolish.

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Written by eswald

18 Oct 2011 at 11:23 pm

Posted in Technology

Too Sweet to Last

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We recently had tilapia for dinner.  It was an impulse buy, prompted by an in-store sample booth with the four-year-old’s approval.  The coconut milk crust was interesting and flavorful; indeed, a few of our favorite dishes involve coconut milk sauces.  Sadly, this one proved too sweet to last for more than a few bites, so it was a terrible flop at the table.

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Written by eswald

11 Oct 2011 at 8:29 pm

Posted in Food, Lifestyle

Flavors of Linux Upgrades

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I’ve experimented with several Linux distributions.  Inevitably, I end up wanting something a little newer.  Whether it’s a new library version for a program I want to compile, or a new browser version when online services start sniping at me, or a security fix for an essential service, something always needs to be upgraded.  The difficulty of doing so has varied dramatically.

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Written by eswald

4 Oct 2011 at 10:15 pm

Posted in Linux, Technology