Register for March Networking Dinner. This month's topic: International Business Development in today's social world nzsa.org.nz/event/business…
As Q3 comes to a close later this month, it is once again time to hand out Tester of the Quarter Awards. Having run these awards last quarter, I am looking forward to seeing hardworking members of the uTest community get the recognition they deserve once again. Testers have the opportunity to award their peers’ performance in three […](image)
More than once recently, I have both seen and had discussions about DevOps. Usually it begins with someone making the claim that the rising popularity of the term is silly. There are a few different ways to think about DevOps. Something along the lines of — a set of methods and tools that help developers...
I’ve had a chance to help out with a number of events this year, many of which have needed to have what are, to me, fairly straightforward technical things that need to happen. Tickets need to be sold (or payments need to be processed), updates need to be sent out, and some fun stuff needs to...
I should've seen this coming. When I decided to check out the Lose It!! app, I figured I'd be content with just weighing myself, tracking calories, and seeing what happened. I wouldn't be seduced by other offers, or other technology… especially not s...
Wahnsinn ist das. Wahnsinn. Heller Wahnsinn! This is madness. Madness. Sheer madness! That’s what we often think when other people do things we “know” make no sense or are bound to turn out badly. Predicting the future can be a tricky thing. Particularly predicting the outcome of an action within a Complex Adaptive System such as a …(image)
There is a lot of folk wisdom surrounding sales that I’ve been reading about over the past year or so. All of this has of course become a lot more important since I went independent and now to some degree my ability to sell myself will determine how long I can do this. Most of...
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A great, thought provoking talk full of sensible, forward looking advice from Augusto Evangelisti. I totally agree with all he said. Change is coming. Adapt. Collaborate. Coach team to deliver better quality. Here’s my mindmap: How to Stay Relevant
There is trouble in paradise, there was bound to be. We are finally getting reports of how the latest management and organizational structure, Holacracy, works in practice. When I say reports, what I mean is that the sweet sweet kool-aid of new and shiny has worn off a bit and people are finally willing to...
Still, the best way to get back on a horse is to just climb back on, so without any further ado...
At this point in time, programming for the web is a multi-faceted endeavor. There are so many choices and approaches that can be used, and technologies that can be called into action, that it is impossible to master them all. Gone are the days of basic HTML and some CGI scripts being all you’d need to deliver a web experience. Don’t get me wrong, there are still sites out there that are basically this simple, but they are outnumbered by sites that offer much greater interaction, customization and the ability to display on multiple platforms. To do that effectively, more is needed.
The challenge with most web development books (or programming books of any type, actually) is that it takes several hundred pages to cover everything needed, or the books end up being lean and abstract, with the reader having to do a lot of their own research and tinkering to create examples of their own or make the samples provided work.
So how well does Paul traverse this formidable mountain range of topics?
Part One of the book focuses on the central elements of a “stack” that allows a web site to exist in the first place, and gives an overview of the technologies that work with that web server.
Chapter 2 focuses on the basics of HTML and the most common tags used for markup of pages. Rather than give an exhaustive run down of all the tag elements, Paul gives us the ones that are the most useful and likely to be used when developing a basic site (headings, paragraphs, links, form elements tables and divs, which are best described as self contains rectangles of HTML). Paul also makes the distinction between the structure of a document (which is done with HTML) and the styling touches, which are handled in the next chapter.
Chapter 3 covers what Paul feels are the most useful aspects of CSS, which is all about the syntax that affect the overall look and feel of your pages. The structure of the box model is central to CSS and being able to manipulate the data in a variety of boxes (often the aforementioned HTML div’s) helps to keep the style elements both contained and optimally configured. A recommendation for the use of Firebug or Development Tools in your respective browser is also recommended, as there are a lot of possibilities within CSS and ways to apply them.
Chapter 5 introduces PHP, which is a language designed specifically for server side interactions. Again, like the previous chapters, this section focuses on what most users would need to make something work on the server using PHP, not a complete rundown of the syntax. This chapter also goes through the basics of what you need to do to check if your web host is set up to support PHP and what to do if it isn’t.
Chapter 6 adds more about PHP, specifically in conjunction to working with a MYSQL database. The chapter starts with a basic understanding of databases in general ,and then MySQL in particular. It introduces the way that databases work and how MySQL fits into the web stack. phpMyadmin is covered as well, which allows you to administer a SQL database via the php utility. It also walks the user through several commonly used database commands and fundamental queries.
Part II of Practical Web Development aims to help us break away from the model of multiple pages where a few will suffice, and to get away from static pages to those that are more interactive, dynamic and responsive to the platform it is being displayed on.
Chapter 9 covers THE HISTORY API, which becomes very important when you start creating a site that is based primarily around a single page. rather than direct a user to the previous site they were on before coming to ours, the History API allows the users to navigate back to states of the page, or to allow for a bookmark URL to represent the state of the page bookmarked.
Chapter 11 introduces us to MONGODB, which is a type of NoSQL (not relational) database. It’s more readily known as a document database, and it stores JSON objects that are grouped into collections. Web applications are capable of communicating with the MongoDB using PHP.
Part Three of the book moves away from the underpinnings of the technology and deals with methods that help the loo and feel of the users experience, regardless of the platform being used.
An Appendix section describes BOOTSTRAP - AN ALTERNATIVE TO FOUNDATION. The same exercises Paul described in Chapter 13 he tackles here, but uses Bootstrap.JS. It meets a similar goal, i.e. making a mobile-first, responsive site without having to reinvent the wheel to provide the responsive part.
The title of the book is Practical Web Development, and a special emphasis needs to be placed on the “Practical” part of the title. Paul has strived to make a book that is accessible, easy to follow, and lean enough to be usable without getting the reader lost in the weeds. I’ve long been looking for a book that would be a soup to nuts title, one that could be the starting point for someone to start with developing for the web, and have a single source to get up and running. Is this that book? It’s pretty darn close! There’s lots of additional areas that could have been covered, but to his credit, Paul has made a title that hits the high points, and a few divergences that are interesting if not mandatory. For a lean and straightforward primer on modern web development approaches, this is a great place to start.
NVC In The Workplace For five weeks now, Miki Kashtan of Bay Area NVC, one of the leading lights of the Nonviolent Communication movement, has been publishing (via email) an excellent mini-series about nonviolent communication and collaboration in the workplace. I’ve been finding her words to be full of widom, compassion, and highly actionable advice. For …(image)
How have Fronde become leaders in digital transformation? Hear CTO James Valentine speak at #NZSA dinner on May 10th nzsa.org.nz/events/
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International Business Development in today's social world. Hear Hamish Macdonald share the TradeMe story #nzsa nzsa.org.nz/event/business…
For the last week of the recent school holidays I was off work to look after my daughters, Hazel (7) and Emma (6). Amongst other things designed to occupy time and tire them out we went to the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge and on an ad...
credit: kt421.wordpress.comTL;DRIn this blog post I will explain how I was bitten by simple library update. This example could be used to learn how to create your testing strategy in such cases.I think that Ruby on Rails is very valuable web frame...
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Have you struggled to split user stories into small but valuable chunks? Do you have problems prioritising stories or getting commitment from business stakeholders on what they want to achieve? Do you have issues deciding when a story is done or how many other stories you really need to achieve a business objective? Are you […]
May Networking Dinner : How I learned to stop worrying and love the cloud. All Welcome #ict #tech #nzsa #cloud nzsa.org.nz/event/learned-…
Has social media made International Business development for NZ #software companies easier or harder. nzsa.org.nz/event/business…
This past summer we ran an amazing contest, a chance to go to the coveted testing event, StarWest in sunny California. STARWEST is the premier test & QA event — with 100+ learning & networking opportunities in Anaheim, CA from Sept 27–Oct 2. The grand prize was $5,000 worth of event tickets, hotel, food, and flight […]
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A really interesting presentation and case study from Claire Goss. Using real users is a really important change that’s happening in testing in general, and it’s great to see where it’s worked. Here’s my mindmap: Transforming Business Users Into Test Drivers There’s some close links to a presentation I saw from Katrina Clokie at Nordic Testing […]
For 10 years (one whole decade) I’ve been employed in software testing, in a few different positions with a few different titles. It’s been a fun and challenging road. I’ve navigated large companies filled with good people and backward practices ...
Each year I try to pick one gift for friends in technology. In 2013 it was Cubu, a card game that combined strategy and politics. Last year I got Zero to One, a book on startups and building the future by one of the founders of Paypal. I’m a little reluctant with books, because buying...
In the 21st century: I've thoroughly enjoyed Over the Top, a collection of alternate histories of World War I. http://t.co/ln8WCEywzi pic.twitter.com/LU8uO8KBwW — John Farrier (@JohnCFarrier) September 7, 2015 @QAHatesYou I had to look that one up. I prefer Stallone's squid arm attack. http://t.co/zATxsZyZ0H — John Farrier (@JohnCFarrier) September 8, 2015 and: Adding one and two […]