April 13, 2014 Christopher no responses

Hobby Development from 2007

Some “Hobby” Development (from 2007) Below is a number of open source projects currently on my development stack: WLShellReader: WLShell is a tool used to output useful information such as JVM, Database and JMS usage. The output is always displayed as a text file which can make reading the data a little difficult. Previously developers had to copy this information into an excel document to produce graphs to get a graphical understanding. WLShellReader looks to assist in this area for JVM Usage only (maybe will look to bring other area’s into it later), just specify the file and the data is uploaded in to JFreeChart. You can download a copy of WLShellReader here WlShellReader v1.0

April 13, 2014 Christopher no responses

Salzburg – Day One

Have had a pretty enjoyable flight as I have arrived in Salzburg, staying in a very homely hotel which reminds myself a lot of our time in Fort William.  The city has a great feel about it, and quite different the industrialised feel that you find in Berlin.  Going out for dinner we headed to the Pizzeria Il Centro.  The host who served us could not speak a word of English however, as he served myself a plate fall of Carbonara said in English “God Bless You”.  - Will take that.    

April 6, 2014 Christopher no responses

Rangitoto Island

Recently completed the task of kayaking to Rangitoto Island followed by a 1 hour climb to the top.  Was a great view and good opportunity to stretch myself beyond the norm.     

October 5, 2012 Christopher no responses

QuickTip: Peak Times

Recently read an article in the Wall Street journal talking about Peak Times essentially the article outlines that out body peaks at particular times throughout the day around particular activities.  By aligning activities around these peak times one is able to obtain the maximum benefit.  Interesting read.  See below for the illustration associated with the link from the wall street journal.  

October 3, 2012 Christopher no responses

Quick Tip:Thoughts and Feelings

  My eye caught an article by Mark Tyrell called “Stop Being a Hypochondriac” in it he makes the note that people who are hypochondriacs are not necessarily plagued from intrusive thoughts about their health but rather “feelings” around those specific thoughts is what actually causes harm.  Most people will occassionally from time to have thoughts run through there mind however it is what people decided to do with them that can cause mental and emotional harm.  By decoupling thoughts and feelings one is able to address “feelings” first and then approach and dismiss thoughts in a logical way. Am thinking however this process of dealing with feelings & thoughts extends beyond just people suffering from hypochondriasis but to everyday life, where by people fail to deal with the way they feel.  The 1st Habit in the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey is around been proactive, in the sense that we are take responsibility for our lives including the way we feel.  The habit centres on focusing your time and energy on areas of your life which you can control and less on those you can’t. I believe combining these principles gives a person the ability to […]

August 11, 2011 Christopher no responses

Could not find a JavaScript runtime

Have spent a couple of hours trying to work out the following error: chris@steinermite:~/development/jruby/testapplication$ jruby -S rake db:create rake aborted! Could not find a JavaScript runtime. See https://github.com/sstephenson/execjs for a list of available runtimes. Turns outs NodeJS is the culprit. A simple apt-get install nodejs.

August 10, 2011 Christopher no responses

Two Helpful Posts on JRuby with Rails 3

Getting JRuby to work with Rails 3 I have found a bit of challenge below is two of the most helpful links that I have come across: http://blog.alxndrsn.com/post/3621894310/jruby-on-rails-on-ubuntu-or-should-that-be http://blog.nicksieger.com/articles/2010/02/24/jruby-and-rails-3-sitting-in-a-tree Just takes away so much of the pain.

May 17, 2011 Christopher no responses

Software Development and Deployment

I have found no other video which better describes developers and the eventual deployment of their software than this.

May 3, 2011 Christopher ruby no responses

Ruby 1.9 libopenssl error

When trying to communicate with Heroku was constantly getting the following message ruby/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/rest-client-1.6.1/lib/restclient.rb:9:in `rescue in <top (required)>’: no such file to load — net/https. Try running apt-get install libopenssl-ruby (LoadError) The issue was running apt-get install libopenssl-ruby (LoadError) did nothing (and yes I tried sudo) it was just the fact the that the ruby interpreter could not find openssl package.  Turns out building ruby from source had seemed to have created the issue (rather than the straight Synaptic Package Manager) process.  Going into the ruby-1.9.2-p180/ext/openssl directly running ruby extconf.rb followed by make then make install, solved the issue.

May 2, 2011 Christopher no responses

Setting up GitHub for Ruby on Rails Development

Used widely in the Rails community is GitHub currently working through a couple of Rails Tutorials (am doing a refresh now but with Rails 3).  Found a good link that assists in the setup of GitHub. http://help.github.com/linux-set-up-git/

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