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.
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!
Summer is here! Now what? I have plans to get this site updated to a more modern design with more colors besides white and blue. I do like the minimalistic feel, but I think it's time for a change too. While I work on designing a new look, there may or may not be anymore posts until the new design is completed. In the mean time, I will also be working on some iOS and Symfony2 projects. Cheers!
First off, Ruby on Rails has always been fascinating to me, but I haven't done any RoR development in a couple of years, so what better way to get a refresher on the material than to spend a weekend working through the Rails tutorial from http://ruby.railstutorial.org? I'm super excited, but as a developer, you want to be efficient with the way you use your time, so it can be bothersome to have to setup a development environment from scratch.
It's a bit late, so I apologize in case my grammar and spelling may be a bit off.
JMSSerializer is a library for Symfony that allows users to serialize and de-serialize data of any complexity. I was using the library to try to deserialize my JSON that is being passed to the data models for this project that I'm currently working on, but was recently stuck on figuring out why when I deserialize the JSON, the values ended up being null. I was sure that I had everything set up just fine:
I have been using KnockoutJS to make the UI for my Expense Tracking application more dynamic and have been LOVING it. When I began learning KnockoutJS, I had a hard time trying to get the hang of observables. Now if you've never heard of KnockoutJS, then you may not know what an observable is. So, what are observables? They are model properties that can automatically detect dependencies and be notified of changes. In other words, when a property that has been declared to be a Knockout observable detects changes, the property changes accordingly.