another man's ramblings on code and tech

San Francisco: a review by a Toronto developer

This summer I finally had the opportunity to visit my original programming mentor in San Francisco over the Canada Day weekend. It would be an exciting trip for me: my first time in California, my first time on the West Coast, my first time seeing the Pacific, and of course, my first time in San F...

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Date: Nov 22 2018

If Games Focused on Gameplay over Graphics

I watched a YouTube series on the creation of Dwarf Fortress the other night, and I must say it really ended up intriguing me. I've never played Dwarf Fortress myself, but I have watched a few friends. For the uninitiated, its rogue-like farming and management simulator with very old graphics but...

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Date: Apr 11 2018

A Review of Jenkins Groovy Pipelines

Jenkins implemented a form of job that can be written in Groovy a couple of years ago. They call them Groovy Pipelines, and they have two major types:

  • Declarative pipelines

    • Have a strongly opinionated format for syntax and semantics in writing jobs
    • Slightly modified example from a "b...
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Date: Apr 04 2018

My Raspberry Pi Experience

I've played around with a few Raspberry Pis in my time. As a developer, it's kind of hard to not find a way to use one of those neat hobby boards. I've helped people set up NASes, emulators for old arcade games, and remote home monitoring solutions all from Raspberry Pis. Here's some advice and ex...

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Date: Mar 26 2018

Why Memory Consumption is a Sham and you know nothing, Jon Snow

OK, quick question. How much memory is your computer using right now? After being asked this, most simply open up their favourite performance monitor of choice and rattle off the biggest number they can find on the screen. As a performance developer I’m asked that question constantly, and was on...

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Date: Apr 04 2017