Alpha's Manifesto

A black and white figure's thought-hive

How to find the problem

Applied skepticism

User minusSeven from the StackExchange community asked a seemingly uninteresting question that happens to be really deep and meaningful: How do you learn programming when you’re stuck and without access to the internet? All the answers there are really good and useful, but I think there’s an underlying theme worth discussing: how a methodical approach should be.

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Software Security

MOOC by the University of Maryland

Fighting lock

Yes, I continue to go on courses. Now I just finished the Software Security course, from the University of Maryland.

As usual, let me give you a quick review of what it was about, what you need to get into it and what you can get out of it as well.

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ATPS: Angular, Protractor, Travis, SauceLabs

Quick guide to get these bad boys cooperating

Juggling with continuous integration

A few days ago I got the combination of Angular + Protractor + TravisCI + SauceLabs working together. There are a few quirks into making this work, but nowhere I found a comprehensive description to jump all the obstacles. Here I’ll describe what I did to get there.

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MOOC: Android Dev Part 1

That little green trash can

Android

Yes, I continue to go on courses. Now I just finished the Android Development Part 1 (or “Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems: Part 1”), dictated by the University of Maryland.

As usual, let me give you a quick review of what it was about, what you need to get into it and what you can get out of it.

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How TDD pays off

A success story from the side of the doubtful

Software engineers, amirite? They keep blabbing about this fancy-pantsy weird wibbly-wobbly stuff nobody understands and they just want to keep things complicated. They want to test things even before they are done and then develop the app. Are they insane? And it even takes more time, so it’s a waste of money.

Well, my little friend-that-does-not-adhere-to-software-methodologies, they are right on what they do. And it does pay off. Let me tell you why.

(In here also: an update on the mongo-faceted project.)

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Faceted searches with MongoDB and mongoose

Generating facet search results

mongo-faceted logo

Some people in Latin-America may remember an old Yupi ad where a woman was complaining on how difficult using the internet was. “It’s so difficult. So complicated! There must be something better.” (In Spanish, of course.) Cheesy as it sounds, Händel Messiah’s “Hallelujah” sonorously invaded the screen. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

That’s how I felt when I was investigating what’s the best approach to achieve faceted searches in MongoDB. But I found something better. Let me show it to you.

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Ember.js: queueHttpResponder

Solucionando incompatibilidad entre httpResponder + Ember 1.4.0+

Hace un tiempo encontré una incompatibilidad bastante grande entre los sistemas de Ember.Testing y httpRespond, que impedían a muchos programadores testear sus sistemas de forma automática sin necesidad de un servidor de pruebas. Más adelante explicaré qué fue lo que generó este problema, por qué es un problema grave y el workaround que trabajamos con algunos colegas y algunos miembros del equipo de Ember.

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Flujos de trabajo en git

Los más comunes y el historial de cambios que generan

git tree

Desde la última vez que dí una actualización sobre what-now ha pasado un tiempo considerable. Mi intención original era ser más consistente con estas actualizaciones, a modo de diario de desarrollo, pero varias cosas me detuvieron. Por un lado no quise convertirme en spam o publicidad de un producto que ni siquiera vale la pena, y por otro lado, no siempre tengo algo interesante que contar.

Ahora sí lo tengo, de forma que procederé a contar qué aprendí en estos últimos meses, comenzando por los flujos de trabajo de git.

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