I have been on Yelp for a while now. I primarily use it as a way of offloading my opinion from my head to something more tangible.
I have developed this mentality since my university days when I allowed read access to my assignments. There’s no need to hide my opinions or approach especially since I don’t monetize my ideas.
Everyone’s entitled to my opinion, but I am not forcing everyone to follow or agree.
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There had been some sporadic news regarding Yelp Extortion most of which I just poo-pah. It’s much like complaining that your company lost so much business because Google decided to change its Page Rank algorithm.
As far as extortion goes, if your establishment is so affected by a few bad Yelp reviews even by Elites, then there is something fundamentally wrong with your business model.
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In a previous post, I described how to set up H2 with Curam. This bodes the question… why? Well aside from H2 being lighter weight than Oracle or DB2 which makes it great for development machines that have only 8GB of RAM or less, it creates an integration issue in that you’re not testing against the target platform. However, it is because of that integration issue that makes this a really good idea when it comes to development.
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Though using Oracle or DB2 for testing would be the more correct approach, having a heavy enterprise grade database running on your workstation can take up so much of your limited resources. This document details how I configure H2 with Curam in “remote” mode so I can peruse through the database using SQuirreL SQL Client.
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After migrating to Android Studio and
getting Android Annotations working, my Android app is ready for deployment as an APK. However, I realized shortly that the signing component didn’t get migrated over and I had to implement it again.
I tried to see if I can find something akin to the maven release plugin and integration with Jenkins, alas to no avail. This means that I would need to create a separate release job or do some extra programmatic configuration to
build.gradle to support this.
At the very least I am able to move the keystore configuration out of the
build.gradle and push it to a configuration file in the build server similar to the Maven settings.xml.
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One of the main reasons I got the Tassimo system was the larger variety of drinks from espressos, to teas and lattes that can be made from the device. It does not make the second best coffees possible, that title goes to the Nespresso system, but it is limited to just coffees which is why I never bothered with it in the end. Best coffees are brewed by yourself, but spending 5 to 10 minutes on a daily ritual is a chore for me, I prefer to just plop a disk and go.
I like to try out the many different choices they provide, and personally get annoyed that the US Tassimo shopping site has more choices than the Canadian one. However, to balance it out, they are missing my favorite…
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Android Annotations is one of those rare third party products I use primarily to reduce boiler plate code because at the moment, it hasn’t been standardized enough and gotten incorporated into the Android SDK proper which I think it should. This blog post continues on from migrating from Eclipse ADT to Android Studio.
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Though WordPress comes with a few backup plugins in which I had varying degrees of success, I decided it was better to just do it using some git and mysqldump to do my backups because it is more well controlled and easier to deal with as there is no UI involved. This blog post details the backup strategy for www.trajano.net.
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So I finally took the time (actually it was probably my third time attempting to do this) to migrate my smallish Android app from Eclipse ADT and Maven to Android Studio and Gradle as a weekend project. The migration finally went successfully this long weekend and I have merged my fork into the main line so I am going to stop using Eclipse/Maven for my Android projects from now on as Android Studio being the official IDE now will likely get the most current updates for a while (at least that is what I am betting on).
However, if asked for my advice, I would definitely not recommend moving over to the new tooling as of yet. The new tooling just stands alone and does not play well with other tools that may have already been established on the enterprise.
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Since code.google.com is going away soon much like the rest of the Google Graveyard there may be some projects trying to vie for a new place to call home.
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