After 15 Hours of Ruby and Ruby on Rails

Hello! Three days ago, I spent two hours each learning Ruby through Lynda dot com. This was not necessarily my first encounter with Ruby but I will say that it was the first serious attempt at learning to program in it. One thing that I did a month ago was to go through the highly recommended Ruby on Rails online book (approx 8 hours). This post will describe briefly what I thought. Let us get started.

programming with ruby language

Perhaps it might be of help(to those who might not know) to mention the fact that Ruby on Rails is NOT Ruby. Instead, Ruby on Rails (commonly written as RoR) is a Framework written in Ruby language.

I Seriously Need Your Opinion On This One

Hi! Starting last week, I have been working on a project that I believe could change the way new beginners learn the whole craft of software development. I made a video and posted it on YouTube and one guy who watched it asked me why I posted it instead of keeping it secret. I believe this is not meant to be a secret. Today however, I am kindly coming to you for opinions on my landing page. Please take a minute and tell me what you think could be kept, changed, or removed from this page. They say if you ask a question, you become stupid for only five minutes. If you don’t ask, you remain stupid forever. So, here it is:

A Night In The Life of a Computer Programmer

Hello! I hope you had a good Sunday. Mine was awesome because I got to play tennis, watch my local soccer team score 4 goals against the visiting team and finally, post about what was going through my mind last night as I tried hard to sleep. For me, it is more like “a night in the life of a computer programmer”, not necessarily a day!

night-inthe-life-of-a-software-developer

Have you ever had one of those moments when your mind is racing faster than you can process the information? If you love programming like I do, I have no doubt you have been through this more than once.

How To Build a Blog Using Google App Engine – Publishing

Today, I did both a video recap and got my simple blog published. I am going to create a new video demonstrating how to publish your own blog after you feel confident enough to let users see it in public.

building-a-blog-using-google-app-engine

You are probably thinking ..what happened to the blog posts? I know, I just played around with the css and rotated them at an angle – so it is not by mistake that they appear tilted. Cool huh? I figured there was no need to repeat what everybody has been doing for years! Bend the rules!

Storing and Retrieving Data From Google App Engine Datastore

Today, I created two videos as a continuation of my YouTube series (How To Build a Blog Using Google App Engine). This post will be short because you might need just a little over 5 minutes a piece to watch the two tutorials. Basically, the first video shows you how to store posts in the datastore while the second video shows you how to retrieve and display the same posts on a web page! Pretty fun stuff. Let us get to them, shall we?

Now here is video 5 in the series:

How To Build a Blog Using Google App Engine – part 5

Object Oriented Programming In Java – Inheritance

Object oriented programming in java is very powerful and a clear understanding is important. While I was trying to dig deeper, I realized that there is more to it than I actually knew. So, I looked around the web and spent some time on StackOverflow! Now let us create a simple file here Base.java

[java]
public class Base{
public static void main(String[] args]){
//do some cool stuff here
}
}
[/java]

How To Build a Blog Using Google App Engine

Hello there! I have been busy creating videos for both Google Maps APIs and most recently building a blog from scratch using Google App Engine – which is free and awesome. I am going to shorten the length of this post that way, I save you some time to watch some of the videos which are also available on YouTube.

How to build a blog using Google App Engine – Setup

This video shows you how to set up the environment on your computer and includes downloading and installing both Python27 and Google App Engine: Ejoy!

Ideas to Automate Your Home

So you want to turn your home into some kind of  ‘cool’ high-tech place where everyone wants to be right? I want to one day do that too!

ideas to automate your home

Today I am going to share with you several ideas that could help you achieve your dream. Be warned: Some of the concepts listed here may require professional skills – so don’t burn your house down trying to go high-tech. While I try to describe what they are, you can always find more details online.

Moving Out of WordPress

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Today, I decided to migrate my blog from WordPress to a self-hosted  domain : I was lucky enough to find www.simpledeveloper.com available and so I grabbed it and ran away!.

moving-my-blog-to-a-new-host

When I realized that I could do more outside WordPress, I decided to take the risk. I am still using WordPress as a blogging platform. What I changed is where my blog is hosted. One other important thing is that I don’t have to type .wordpress when visiting my site anymore! Now a few takeaways:

Programming With Google Maps APIs – Part VI

Hello! Nice to see you and thanks for stopping by. In the last two days I took a detour from programming but today I am going to pick up from where I left Google Maps APIs – Part V . Today’s post will be relatively shorter than previous ones because I am completing a section (at the end, I will give an app idea). Let us get to it. We should start with our previous finishing code:

[javascript]
(function () {
window.onload = function () {
var mapDiv =  document.getElementById(‘map’);

var options = {
zoom: 3,
center: new google.maps.LatLng(37.09, -95.71),
mapTypeId: google.maps.MapTypeId.ROADMAP
};
var map = new google.maps.Map(mapDiv, options);