Site Update - Responsive Web Design

Want to view my site on your mobile device?  Try it!  My site is now fully responsive with a mobile device menu and all sections have been optimized for mobile.  Enjoy!

Gradle Tutorial - How to install Gradle on Windows

The installation instructions for Gradle on their site at is okay for a beginner, but could be better. If you followed the very simple instructions on their site, then you may have run into some trouble and would have to do some searching on the internet to find out why you weren't getting anything from typing gradle -v into the command prompt. Here are the full steps to get Gradle working without worries!

Bitnami Tutorial - Installing MariaDB over MySQL on a Bitnami virtual machine

This tutorial is going to explain how to install MariaDB on your Bitnami virtual machine.  Bitnami stacks come packaged with MySQL by default so in case you wanted to use MariaDB whether for work or play, hopefully this tutorial will help you.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate

If you are not familiar with using a command line tool such as PuTTY or Terminal, then this may prove to be a bit of a challenge, but I have created the instructions to be as easy as possible to follow.

Some Catching Up

It's been a crazy 3 months since I've started my new web developer job and with the projects piling up, I feel it'll get crazier in the months to come.  On top of the new job is a once-a-week night class that I'm taking this Fall called, Advanced iOS Development, which I'm taking in my spare time to catch up on iOS development and help me start learning Swift, Apple's new programming language for iOS/Mac development.  My mind hasn't been this stimulated in awhile so I'm pretty excited for my career as a developer moving forward.

New Site Design!

The new site design is up and it was easier than I had expected to move everything over to the production side. There are still a few things that need tweaking but they're minor things and you probably won't notice them. I still have to work on the responsive design piece to get that polished. Besides that, I should probably be back in full swing in regards to posting more frequent updates.

Hiatus and Work

It's been awhile! I've been busy transitioning jobs and situating myself with the new work place. Many new challenges ahead in my career as a developer but I feel that it will be rewarding in the end. Frankly, it's not as stressful as I had thought and I am thankful to the management team, fellow developers, and friends for keeping it that way. Balancing life and new work is a challenge in it of itself too so I'm very happy that there's some sort of equilibrium there for the moment.

I've been hard at work on the new site, so it should be finished soon, I hope. Stay tuned!