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.
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.
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…
The result is that I am finding it very annoying and painful on the eyes. But not so much the color schemes using a dark background themselves, but rather the practical implications when using it while doing actual work. The dark background allows for better highlighting of code, no doubt about that, but in a practical situation I often have other applications running on the screens which include things like help files, CHM’s and PDF’s with developer documentation and API docs, Outlook, OneNote, Visio, and many other development tools, etc. and almost all of these applications will use a light or white background as a basis.
I’ve recently been really getting into PowerShell and investigating its potential as a new automation and scripting platform for the countless command line based processes I’m running all the time. The first thing I did was purchase a copy of PowerShell Analyzer, which I think is one of the most valuable tools for anyone getting serious about digging into PowerShell’s object paradigm. And while you’re checking out PowerShell Analyzer, check out what the Shell Tools guys are working on; PowerShell Plus. Amazing stuff.
What do you mean you’ve never heard of those groundbreaking development methodologies? Well, perhaps you haven’t but I do think you should check them out if you’ve got a minute so Scott Berkun can explain these to you in detail. I would like to add, OOCDD, Out Of Control Driven Development. Unlike most methodologies, it’s an encapsulated methodology that derives from all others. Especially considering how out of control development gets, regardless of methodology.
I’ve decided to consolidate some of the old content into my new site. Over the years a lot of content has been in various places and it’s rather hard to keep track of it all. Links to the old material should still work as well, though you will get redirected to the new personal site.