So what is all this talking about “automatic testing”? I know my code work so I don’t have to write some “test case” just to verify that; A complete waste of time!
Just kidding. No one in their right mind would say that they write bugfree code. One of the tools to help weed out the bugs before the code hits production is automatic testing, more specifically unit testing. This helps fix some problems but it also presents some of its own.
The dilemma I am constantly finding myself in is this: I want to make beautiful code and design, but I also want to make sure it is functioning as it should. Now, there are a number of more or less subtle ways to (more…)
Those who know me knows that I am not a web-programmer. I don’t think I am compatible with PHP, HTML, XML, AJAX, and all the other web technologies out there. So when I need to do something with my domain I tend to rely heavily on open source software designed so that I have to write a minimum of code. The past months I have used Drupal for my homepage. It has worked okay, but lately I had grown a bit tired of it – it was slow, and it seemed impossible to get it to do exactly what I needed. Furthermore I couldn’t upgrade it to a more recent and secure version without crashing the entire webserver, so a new solution was needed.
Granted, Drupal is a big content management system and is not designed to run a small homepage. Yes, I am an idiot when it comes to web technologies – so what. Fortunately a good colleague suggested WordPress for my website, so this saturday I have spent an incalculable number of hours trying to convert the blog entries and pages from Drupal to WordPress.
Whatever happened to compatible technologies..? If there is an easy way to convert data from one CMS to another it has eluded me. I had to do it by hand (export from the MySql database to a local file, use a text editor to edit the INSERT-statements and extract the HTML, copy-paste into the new system, and repeat…), but now it is complete (I think). The only regret I have is that I lost the comments for the blog entries, but that is a small price to pay.
So now I can lean back and enjoy the fruits of my hard labour. And hope that I will not need to upgrade my website again… ever!
It seems that every one with a descent amount of respect for themselves have a “blog”. What is a “blog”? First of all, “blog” and “blogosphere” and all the other non-words relating to this phenomena really bugs me. It seems that words are being invented with higher frequency than anyone can keep up with. And to make matters worse: they are being adopted by the majority of people. Why is that?
Anyway, this is the first entry in my “blog” (God help me), but definitely not the last. Whenever there is a subject that bugs me or thrills me I will waste some time writing about it. Take it or leave it.