Back in Canada

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Birding, Blog, Training / Conferences | 0 comments

Nice to be back in Canada again! My wife and I just got back from a trip to Europe for the React Europe conference, plus a whole lot of birding. No terribly outstanding bird photos from the trip, but here’s a page containing a few. Holy crap European warblers are hard to ID. Only by the very end was I starting to really know the voices.

The React conference was terrific. I now have a stack in mind for my next personal project. But first… Form Tools! Man, so much work to do. I’m starting a new job next week so I have a few more days off. Let’s see if I can make these days count.

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react-europe (and birding, naturally)

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Birding, Training / Conferences | 0 comments

Next week I’m very excited to be heading off to Paris for this year’s react-europe conference. It being Paris and all, my wife decided oh-what-the-hell and will be coming along for the trip. After the conference we’re going to be driving up through France to Belgium, then onto Amsterdam where we fly back.

Really looking forward to the conference. I enjoyed ng-conf a few weeks back, but I definitely consider myself a React guy. I’ve also spent the last 2 months reading my European bird book over and over, so all in all I’m exceedingly excited for this trip. If all goes according to plan, I’ll soon be boring the tears out of family and friends with a new array of bird photographs… ah, joy.

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Geospatial indexing

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 in Blog, Training / Conferences | 0 comments

Generally I’m not much given to posting day-job-related work here on my personal site, but this was such a fun project I thought I’d draw a little attention to it.

My portion of the project was to add geospatial index support to the IBM Cloudant dashboard where people can query and view geojson data visually via a map (courtesy of Mapbox). It’s a very cool feature. Slogging away trying to interpret raw lat/lngs is a bit of a fool’s errand: but stick it on a map and the data comes instantly to life. A large portion of my time was spent updating the underlying Apache Fauxton code for a consistent handling of index types (search indexes, views, geospatial indexes). Well worth it from a UX point of view.

Blog post here:

Went live today.

I’m going to be heading out to North Carolina in 3 weeks to stand in a booth at the FOSS4G conference. Should give me a change to show off some of this. :)

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Posted on May 31, 2013 in Training / Conferences | 0 comments

I’ve been in Florida the last few days attending JSConf. It was just superb. I now have a long list of technologies and tools I need to investigate… *sigh*, never enough time.

But before I get to all that, I’ll be working on the following:
- setting up PHPUnit and Travis CI for
- working on a new Smarty/HTML/CSS/JS mode for CodeMirror
- relaxing and bird watching in Florida.

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New job: CBC Music!

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Blog, Training / Conferences | 0 comments

I’m extremely excited to say I’ll be starting a new position at CBC Music, here in Vancouver in mid-June. I’ll be in a similar role as web developer, doing what I can do to help out with – mobile, desktop – as well as hanging out with the celebs, naturally.

I’ve been at Central1 Credit Union for a total of 3 years now (with a year break in the middle) and as much as I’ve enjoyed it, it’s definitely time for a change. This last year I’ve worked almost entirely on helping design and develop a large-scale JS framework built on requireJS. I learned a fair amount but it’s time for some new challenges.

So, in a little over a week I’ll be saying goodbye to my co-workers, then flying off to Florida for a couple of weeks to go to JSConf (a javascript conference) and for my honeymoon (did I mention I got married?) then back to Vancouver to start the new position.

Can’t sodding wait. CBC!

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JSConf 2013

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 in Blog, Training / Conferences | 0 comments

Nice! I secured a very-late ticket for this year’s JSConf. This’ll be the first time I’ve attended this conference – always meant to, but somehow it never happened.

Plus it’s being held in Florida, the land of great birds… this by no means influenced my decision to go. Not one bit.

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Functional Programming Principles in Scala

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 in Training / Conferences | 0 comments

Last month a group of developers in my company (mostly Java devs) and myself enrolled in an online Scala class, taught through

I had no particular practical interest in the language itself, but so far its certainly been an eye-opener in terms of understanding the ins and outs of functional programming. Ah, recursion.

Well worth checking out. And free!

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