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Can you tell which browser is which?

June 10, 2014

I switch between Chrome and Firefox routinely on my Mac whenever something irks me about one particular browser. They look so similar that the only way I can tell the difference is by looking at the status bar at the application name. Today I saw a screenshot of Opera and was blown away at how similar all three are.

  • internet browsers
  • chrome
  • opera
  • firefox

Automating test cases with model driven development

June 2, 2014

I watched Bob Binder present on ‘Model Driven Development - Taking BDD/ATDD to the Next Level’ recorded at Cerner Corporation and was blown away when I saw him automate every single test case.

  • testing
  • model driven development
  • automation

Monte Carlo and the Bomb

May 27, 2014

The Manhattan Project was a research and development project that produced the first atomic bombs during World War II. Two of the mathematicians on the project were John von Neumann and Stanislaw Ulam.

  • statistics
  • monte carlo
  • history



Moving from Subversion to Git

March 21, 2014

Subversion was the first revision control system I learned and used both professionally and personally. Using it professionally was easy, as the server was already setup. On a personal basis it was more work as you had to setup a server. That problem was solved by distributed revision control systems like git, mercurial and bazaar. I think using any revision control systems puts you in the lead anyway. But being able to setup a repo by just typing git init and not have to configure a server is cool.

  • subversion
  • git
  • svn
  • repo

Setting up a Mysql cluster with MariaDB Galera

March 18, 2014

One of the applications I help develop and support uses Mysql as its database. As the application starts to scale we notice the server with Mysql installed begans to have high CPU and memory utilization and sometimes feels like it is slowing down. To be able to scale the database needs to be able to handle more reads and writes. To do that I have chosen to setup MariaDB Galera, a synchronous multi-master cluster for MariaDB.

  • mysql
  • mariadb


Is Ruby Dying?

December 21, 2013

I have been working with nodejs alot lately and have been discussing with coworkers if nodejs is taking steam away from ruby at all. I think the popularity of the language is an important talking point when selecting a language and framework for a new project.

  • programming
  • ruby
  • nodejs
  • r


My RTanque bot

June 30, 2013

KCRuby is running a RTanque contest right now. I heard about this when Wes Garrison gave a presentation on Ruby at Cerner’s internal tech conference and gave a plug to KCRuby.

  • ruby
  • rtanque

I made a SiliconPrairieNews.com Android App

June 29, 2013

I am addicted to reading about technology and learning what technologies others are having success at. As of this writing HackerNews is where it is at, but they are focused on the coasts. A few years ago if I wanted to read about Kansas City Startups, I would have to wade through the Kansas City Star or the Kansas City Business Journal. Today that is not so much a problem with Silicon Prairie News (SPN) [1]. What is a problem is that there are no Android or IOS applications specific to SPN.

  • project
  • android
  • silicon prairie