Adult Supervision Required

by Mark Bowytz in Error'd on 2015-10-02

"I was found that my NAS was choking on small files," Lionel S. writes, "Now I know it was a marble all along."

42 Comments - Last Comment @ 2015-10-03

A Handle on Events

by snoofle in CodeSOD on 2015-10-01

As developers, we try to write software that will be helpful to our users. Sometimes, we'll do key-by-key examination of what they're typing to do auto-complete. Sometimes, we'll look at a type-field entry to display the relevant subset of subordinate fields to be entered. Sometimes, we'll even try to coalesce error messages so that the user gets one message with a list of mistakes as opposed to one message per mistake.

54 Comments - Last Comment @ 2015-10-02

Processing a Rant

by Remy Porter in Editor's Soapbox on 2015-09-30

In addition to being your intrepid editor, I’m an independent consultant. People hire consultants because they want someone to “inform their process”. “How do we do Agile better? Do we do Scrum or Kanban? Can we do scrumfall instead?” “Should we do BDD, TDD, or ATDD? Or combine them? Are there any other acronyms we should be doing?”

The ITIL 2011 Processes Model
Ugh. This diagram makes me physically ill.

51 Comments - Last Comment @ 2015-10-02

MacGyver's XMLHTTPRequest

by Remy Porter in CodeSOD on 2015-09-29

In these days of browser standards, it’s easy to forget that once upon a time, simple tasks like an HTTP request from JavaScript were difficult or even impossible, and if you wanted it to work in every browser, you were going to have to write wrappers to try and create a consistent API.

Zeke inherited an application back from those bad old days. It needs to poll a server, and based on the response, it performs an action, but it does this in an “inventive” way.

59 Comments - Last Comment @ 2015-10-02

Release! at Ohio Linux Fest

by Patrick Roach in Announcements on 2015-09-28

To introduce myself, that’s me over in the right corner. Hi. You might remember that, a year or so back, this site got a face lift. We still love the way it looks, but, if we are being straight with you, the CSS and HTML are a damn mess. So, I’ll be re-building the site while maintaining the same look, and maybe writing an article here and there.

0 Comments - Last Comment @ 15:37

The Little Application That Couldn't

by Mark Bowytz in Error'd on 2015-09-25

"I don't know what it was trying to do, but it just couldn't do it," Bert writes, "It also looks like it couldn't finish the error message."

71 Comments - Last Comment @ 2015-10-02

Sorting Cabinets

by Remy Porter in CodeSOD on 2015-09-24

Sorting. It’s a well-studied class of problem, with a number of well-understood solutions. These days, pretty much any time you need to sort a collection, there’s a language-or-framework-provided function that handles it for you. Sure, a Better Idiot™ might try and implement their own sorting algorithm from scratch, but your Regular Idiot™ just has to call .sort- it’s Idiot Proof™, right

Well, David S. found a better idiot.

49 Comments - Last Comment @ 2015-10-02
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