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Big wheels keep on turning

These last few weeks, I’ve been working away on a couple of projects that have REALLY made me appreciate just how important good architecture and planning really is, even with the smallest of projects.

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Continuous Integration CruiseControl phpUnderControl Software

phpUnderControl – Continuous Integration

Well, over the last 3 days or so, I’ve been doing some serious unit testing with PHPUnit.  Unfortunately, I didn’t start writing any serious tests until two days AFTER I started having problems testing my class hierarchy.

One of the problems that arose while I was writing the first couple of unit tests, was I realized that I didn’t know how to test Abstract classes.  In my search to find a solution, I vaguely remembered a tool called phpUnderControl.

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Database Abstraction Software Timeline

PHP Data Access Layer

For some time I’ve been toying with the idea of building my own, custom data access layer.  Sure there are plenty out there.  Some of them are HUGE (just think PEAR::DB, or ADOdb), which isn’t a bad thing in and of itself if, and only if, they still perform well.  I believe ADOdb performs pretty well, but I’ve not actually run the benchmarks to confirm this, so I won’t enter in to that argument.  A quick Google search will bring up plenty of articles discussing the pros and cons of Database Abstraction Layers.

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Rantings

Ah f**k it! Let’s go bowling.

Well, if you’ve seen The Big Lebowski, the title of this blog may bring a smile to your face.  If you haven’t seen the aforementioned movie, you are likely wondering what the hell is up with the title.

Long story, short: I’ve taken up Ten pin bowling as my primary sport since moving to the US.  Why?  Because there really are no other options available to me at this point in time.

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Software Timeline

Upcoming ideas and projects…

Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of developing a bunch of tools that will make my professional life just a little bit easier to manage.  The most important of these is a timesheeting system and an automated invoicing system.

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I’m ba-ack

Well, after a few months of being down in the duldrums that is expired domains, I’ve finally got my ass into gear and brought my domain back to life.  It’s funny, after months of neglect and inattention, my domain goes in to redemption and suddenly I give a shit.  Weird huh?