It appears that after my previous presentation on developer tools at the East Bay WordPress Meetup I’ve found myself doing another presentation, this time about how to make WordPress fly. Like a bat out of hell. That, of course is both a BatCache and a MeatLoaf reference. Pick whichever suits you based on your age category. 🙂 This presentation does NOT cover the regular caching plugins but rather on how you can optimize your server (and your code) to make use of a much higher performant level of caching. I will be very quickly covering the levels of caching supported by WordPress itself (the run-time cache, transient cache, object cache, page cache and fragment cache).
I use WordPress. I use it a lot. I use it for most of my personal sites, business sites, I hack around with it and contort things to do what I need them to do. I’m not, however, one of those WordPress fanatics. In fact, you will hear me say a lot of nice things about Drupal, for example, even in public and even when talking to WordPress fans. I believe in using the right tool for the right job and in this case you can consider platforms of choice to be no different from any tool. One way I use WordPress is for something that nobody ever gets to really see (unless you visit my office and I happen to show you how I manage and control things): managing my vast number of systems, laptops, devices, and most of all the growing deployment of virtual machines. I used to keep track of network port diagrams via Microsoft Visio but since I am not using Windows as much these days and also don’t want to go back to keeping ASCII notes or document files I decided to put together a more proprietary and automated way to keep track of IP addresses, services provided systems and VM’s, passwords, installation and deployment notes, hardware notes, driver information, etc. And for that I decided to go with WordPress.
I’m pleased to announced that I’ve recently acquired the domain for arealdeveloper.com. Details on its content and my future plans for that domain will be revealed later. Possibly quite a bit later. I’ve always thought it was a great domain name so you have no idea how happy I am that I’ve now got it. Most of you KNOW that I am NOT a “web developer”. I am, however, setting up a large scale SaaS project that happens to be web-based (what a surprise!). I frequently encounter people who say they are web developers and yet have never heard of basic things like XDebug, Profiling with XHProf, SASS, LESS, versioning, virtualization and local development servers, etc. So what happens when “arealdeveloper” enters the world of web development? You start looking for the right tools, buying the right hardware and software, invest some time in learning how to make best use of them, and before you know it you’re doing a presentation at the Easy Bay WordPress Meetup in Oakland, CA about developer tools. You can download the 69 slide presentation here.
Unfortunately, no, I am not presenting you with a free version of Windows Layout Manager (WiLMa) for Mac/OSX here. But I will provide you with something that has worked for me along similar lines and was hacked up in a few hours of using AppleScript. I hope it works for you as well as it works for me, if not, blame it on my total inexperience with AppleScript. In fact, I have never touched AppleScript until the other day when I hacked together my first few lines of code and then did the “google programmer” thing by basically solving every little step along the way by looking it up online in a quick and dirty way. But heck, who cares, it worked and I really have no ambition to learn AppleScript. I very much dislike its syntax. As a real software developer it makes my toes curl. Now, back to the AppleScript thingie I hacked up to provide myself the much missing WiLMa basic functionality that I have sorely missed on Snow Leopard and Lion, and every other Apple Mac OSX incarnation.
It’s time for a little announcement and yes, you heard it here first… I’m officially Autodesk-free! And what a great feeling that is to not have to deal with an entity “where software goes to die” (can’t remember who first came up with that one but don’t mind me quoting you). Not having to deal with lacking and/or online only docs and the poor state of the Civil 3D API is not unlike wearing shoes that are too small and being able to them off… a feeling of relief, that is. Development has not been as fun and exciting as it was prior to Autodesk acquiring Dynamite VSP (and rebranding it as Civil View, integrated with 3ds max Design) and because of my 6000 mile relocation and in particular other plans I have for my business and the directions it should be heading into it seems about the right time to leave the Dynamite development arena so I can reclaim the time I normally spent on it and put it towards cool and new things. You can learn about the cool new things on ignyter.com and ignytion.com once I am (legally) able to unveil those. Which, granted, may be a while yet before I can, and will.
If you are having trouble debugging your addons/plugins for Autodesk Civil 3D release 2012 you are certainly going to want to read this. The information presented also appears to be applicable to other products such as Autodesk Inventor 2012 and AutoCAD MEP. Probably even all AutoCAD 2012 based products. You probably found this post while searching for things relating to debugging your AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 addons and running into a problem where the Visual Studio 2010 debugger fails to hit your breakpoints and does not show you the source of your application that you are debugging.
A little while ago Sallie asked me to check out and test (well, review, really) Mozy 2.0 for Mac OSX. Since I had recently added Apple hardware (for initial experiences read this post)to the home office it made sense to give it a quick test. In retrospect it wasn’t a quick test but a rather long one because judging an online backup application requires some time to really look at what it’s doing and how it’s doing it.
For those of you who are using my Windows Layout Manager (WiLMa) and who have asked for command line support will hopefully be happy to learn that version 126.96.36.199 has the ability to apply a layout by using the Windows Layout Manager via the command line and in batch files. There have also been a few minor bugfixes and some changes to the documentation. Nothing too earth shattering, really, but the command line support was really high on the list of requests.
SAN RAFAEL, California, Jan 5, 2010 – Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Dynamite VSP and Dynamite SIM visualization software products and related assets. The products were purchased from 3AM Solutions, a UK-based privately owned technology company that develops visualization software for civil infrastructure. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
If you’ve ever needed to frequently rebuild multiple corridors in Autodesk Civil 3D because they are out of date but don’t want to go hit the rebuild menu item for each single corridor then here’s the solution. The following microscopic addon/plugin for Civil 3D 2010 allows you to rebuild all corridors or rebuild all out of date corridors, at once. Unzip the DLL to a location of your choice and you can use netload and load the Civil.RBC.dll (or if you want the functions available, hook it up in the acad2010.lsp file like this…