“Being a software developer is awesome. Look around you. Almost everything that is man-made today has software behind it.” This is a quote from the book ‘The Software Craftsman: Professionalism, Pragmatism, Pride’ by Sandro Mancuso. It is a book about passion. It is about passion as the main ingredient of a software developer, to make […]
ElasticSearch is a great Java based search solution. When I started researching it, I became very enthusiastic about it. The search capabilities that come out of the box, combined with a solid clustering architecture seem to make for a terrific scalable search solution. However, when I started to use it, I noticed that there are […]
Today I got back at the office after a two week holiday. This comic expresses how I felt for the first four hours. It got slightly better in the afternoon, after finishing the email thing. Hopefully my sketches will improve as well.
Many OS X users know the productivity tool Alfred. Alfred is far more than a quick launcher that will let you operate your computer with the use of your keyboard. Recently I created a very simple workflow, that adds a file action to *.sbt files. It will open the directory in Terminal and launch the Scala […]
When working on a Pebble watch face on OS X, I like to use Xcode as development environment. I like to have autocompletion and the ability to jump to the method definitions. Also, although Xcode does not build the project, it will still show you feedback in the code editor about mistakes you make. In […]
After a year long wait my Pebble smart watch finally arrived. A lot of good reviews have been written about it by other people, and I don’t really want to repeat that. I like that I can change watch faces and I really like some of the watch faces that are bundled with the app. […]
The iPad has proven to be a very useful device, that enables me to do a lot of things in a very efficient way. However, I always thought that tablets were not really suited to do ‘real work’. Until I looked at some software development apps. And I have to admit that I was very […]
After some hesitation I decided to start this site. I never wrote many blog articles on earlier blogs I maintained. Nevertheless, I do want to write a bit about things more or less related to software. I hope people will enjoy the stuff that will appear here in the future. Kind regards, Hugo Valk