In another life, I had to run my share of technical interviews. Personally there’s two key things I am looking to determine from the interviewee for a project/job.
- Are they smart
- Can they get the job done
There’s also one key thing I tend to do differently than others: I like to do my interviews via text chat.
Continue reading How I do my interviews
java.util.properties provides a useful way of managing the
.properties files. However, if use the
store() method the order does not get preserved and they add a time stamp resulting in a file that would be harder to put in version control after cleanup.
What I do is use the following code to do my cleanup so the properties are sorted and the time stamp which appears on the first line is removed…
Continue reading Self cleaning Properties
Recently I had made a few infrastructure changes on my personal blog server which is running inside a VirtualBox right now. The big changes were switching to use WP Super Cache, require SSL and the use of HTTP/2. Some minor ones I have done include support for AMP pages and started the use of a child theme for my styles. In addition, I had recently decided to cross post my Yelp reviews to my blog.
Continue reading State of the blog
505 Highway 7 E, Unit 50-53, Markham, ON
Ice-less HK Milk Tea. A picture of it piqued my curiosity for this place that I decided I wanted to come try this place the next time I had a free dinner slot.
Located in the west side of Commerce Gate you actually have more parking than you realize because it’s the furthest from the main entrance. So location in the plaza is good.
Since the Ice-less HK Tea is the only thing I knew about this restaurant aside from being a noodle house from the name, I didn’t know what else to expect.
Continue reading Grand Noodle
On a shared stream (bad idea to begin with) during development, you sometimes have to hold off delivering your changes as it may break the build. However, someone else on your team may need to take your change (even if it is incomplete) to get his work done. This post shows how to cherry pick an undelivered change set into your workspace.
Continue reading Pulling in someone else’s change in RTC
I recently made boo-boo causing an infinite loop with my WordPress and Twitter IFTTT recipe as such I had to delete a few items off my blog and feeds. The main reason was the addition of a the Ephemeral widget to track asides that you see on the right side of my blog posts.
I set up IFTTT to create an “aside” post on my blog whenever I tweet. I also set up my blog to post a twitter message whenever I make a new post. If you follow through the logic you can tell easily how that would turn into an infinite loop. To fix this I just need to make sure that aside post type gets excluded from my feed and I also want it off my home page.
Continue reading Removing Asides from the WordPress home page and feed
Metro Square Plaza, 3636 Steeles Avenue E, Markham, ON
This event is smaller than Night it Up which has one fringe benefit… it was less crowded. This venue provides no seating, so people come and go more readily. After the initial influx in the mornings and lunch hours the crowds quickly dissipate. I could tell since I can see the venue from my condo so I can choose an appropriate time to go.
One thing about the venue this time compared to some other time I *approached* it was the stinky tofu smell wasn’t too strong. I recall one time they had the smell so strong I just turned around once I reached the corner.
Continue reading Markham Food Fest
Langham Square, 8339 Kennedy Road, Markham, ON
The main reason I went to this normally chaotic plaza full of crazy drivers. Jennifer K posted a photo of their coffee with the words “SUPER STRONG” and I told myself I gotta try this place out. The hours of operation are pretty limited closing at 5:30pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends, the only time I can come here would be a weekend trudging through the crazy drivers in the plaza.
Was it worth it? HELL YAH.
Continue reading Dak Lak Vietnamese Coffee (5/5) on Yelp
28 S Unionville Avenue, Suite 1056, Markham, ON
This was the third stop we had on our lunch time excursion with my wife and friend. Before eating our satisfying meal from the place next door we saw this Creperie and I said let’s go here after so I had made some room. Continue reading T-swirl crepe