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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

Well I was going to include this post with my last one, but I figured I’d separate the two being as they are two completely different content types (for the most part). So I’ve officially jumped ship from SVN to the Git SCM and man….I’ve been missing out on a lot! Branching, distributed-ness, forking….all wonders of the modern day developer!

With that I’ve also decided to move away from a perpetual trial of ZDE =X to a more legitimate, purchased copy of the Aptana Studio Professional Plugin. The guys over at Aptana were kind enough to bless me with an educational license of their eclipse addon at half price! Thanks again guys!

Another thing that I’ve been trying to get myself into is TDD (Test Driven Development) to better standardize my coding methodologies and to reap some of the benefits that TDD offers! It’s definitely a monumental shift in my programming paradigm and thinking, but in the end I think it will be well worth it! I’m still trying to get my head around the actual testing and implementation of TDD (the concepts behind it are relatively easy to understand), if anyone that reads this knows what I’m talking about feel free to comment so we can discuss!

That’s all for now! L8rz

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

So lately I’ve been trying to get up to speed on all the new age web coding coolness (using Git, using CakePHP, Aptana IDE, etc.) and in my travels of the vast Internet I’ve been reading a great deal of blogs, to name a few:

After reading through those the layouts caught my eye amongst other things. Granted this my blog is also here to serve as a personal MySQL backed memory tool for life in general (not only coding), but I’ve been considering a refactor of sorts. Should I ditch the whole tag cloud in favor of more categories? Should I leave it as is and delete the categories?

I know that no one follows this, but I may get lucky and get a response =D

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Monday, March 30th, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

Well Spring 09 has arrived, it officially started today…Monday….thankfully I have no classes on Monday so I didn’t really do much of anything other than sleep. However, tomorrow I have to hit the ground running and do well on all my classes. This quarter should be interesting considering the gamut of ideas I have in store for Phiivo and the engineering courses I am taking.

Still not sure which direction I am going to take Phiivo in, consulting or web dev? Or both? Not entirely sure… for now I can only say that I have something relatively big brewing with dad. If this idea takes off this could mean good things =)

With that I need to further my knowledge on this AJAX boat I jumped on……it could prove to be a crucial skill for the future. Using frameworks makes quick work of doing things, but that still doesn’t deter from the time needed to learn said technologies. We’ll see how things go!

Until next time, l8rz!

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Monday, March 23rd, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,

So….Spring Break 2009 is officially here (started on Friday for me!) and it’s usually the time of the year where I get bored and think of 200 projects to do but never get completed haha.

So now we begin my guide to install Aptana and PDT onto a basic 3.4 install.

First we need to download the clean 32bit Eclipse 3.4.2 SDK:

Once we have that we’re going to extract it using the following commands:

tar -zxvf eclipse-SDK-3.4.2-linux-gtk.tar.gz

Next we’re going to start up eclipse so we can install the plugins:


From here we’re going to install PDT:

Go to Help –> Software Updates (If there are two, the bottom one without a submenu)

The click on the “Available Software” tab

Select Add Site

Paste the following link into the window:

Wait for eclipse to contact the sites….then select the arrow next to the PDT Update Site

I choose the nightly builds for my install, but you can choose what you wish. What we’re looking for is the “PDT Runtime Feature” you can select this from any of the versions, but you generally want the latest version.

After that is selected press the install button on the top right and wait….eclipse will calculate the dependancies and find everything you need. Proceed with the install and you should be good to go!

After eclipse restarts you can follow the instructions on the Aptana website to get the plugin installed!

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Wednesday, March 04th, 2009 | Author:

Hey All,


So turns out I missed my 1 year anniversary for my blog…..I’ve never been able to keep a blog up and going for more than a month or two so this is definitely an accomplishment for me! The anniversary of the Robert Report was actually on Feb 14th, 2008…..go figure!

For reference, here is a link to the first post: Clicky!


Well again, I haven’t been keeping up with my blog….sorry about that! So this post should be fairly large in length in order to get up to speed on what’s been going on as of late.

Presidents Day Weekend – 2/14/09
I went snowboarding with some buddies of mine: Jared, Tuan and Diego. We went to mountain high…that was fun. The weather was perfect and there actually weren’t that many people! I hope to go again some time really soon especially since Jared got all new gear…I want to try that stuff out! =)

Random Ride – 2/21/09

So I finally managed to get back on my bike and head out for another motorcycle ride. Man was that way overdue! It was amazingly awesome by the way…..the ride started off a little chilly, but once I got up into the mountains and onto the other side (not overcast anymore) the weather was great, took off the jacket and strapped it to my backpack. As I started to get higher the snow from the previous rain started to emerge….that was exciting! I’ve never ridden in the snow, it was quite slippery but definitely fun! Hopefully I can get out on a long ride over Spring Break…..*crosses fingers*

Quarter Ending

So Winter quarter here at UCSB is drawing to a close and all my classes project due dates are approaching fast. I have a midterm later today that I should be studying for….hopefully that goes ok. I have a project due tomorrow that I totally forgot about, hopefully its not too long! I have another group project due next Tuesday, that should be ok….my group members are smart and responsible. Although I need to get a haircut on Friday to make myself somewhat presentable for the presentation I need to give for that….


So with the Quarter drawing to a close the deadline for my project, now aptly named SCO3 or Service Center Online version 3, is approaching as well. I’m supposed to have this bad boy done before everyone comes back from spring break so I guess I’ll be doing some coding over the break. I am now experimenting with various AJAX requests and making it more Web 2.0-ey……but that might have to be put on hold for the next release while I polish up the interface and make it more usable/intuitive.

I think that’s it for now, as usual I’ll try to keep this updated more often….but hey I’ve had this thing for almost a year….holy crap I just realized I’ve had this for a year….*edit*

Phiivo? What’s that?

So based on a lot of thinking and a great deal of “mulling” as my friend Matt would say…..I’ve decided to step down as VP of Limited, Inc. Instead I will be pursuing my own venture….Phiivo What that you might ask? Well as of right now….it’s just a registered domain name….however I have plans to turn it into a site that is dedicated to my web development work, OSS and Commercial. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for some time now…so we’ll see how it plays out! Any suggestions or comments are definately appreciated!

Until next time….Later!