Category Archives: Code & Development

How Strong Is Your Programming Language?

I write this with slight trepidation as I don’t want to provoke a "religious" discussion. I would appreciate comments focused on the engineering issues I have highlighted. I’m in the middle of learning some new programming tools and languages, and … Continue reading

Monday, March 20, 2017 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development

Why I (Still) Do Programming

It’s an oddity that although I sell most of my time as a senior software architect, and can also afford to purchase software I need, I still spend a lot of time programming, writing code. Twenty-five years ago people a … Continue reading

Monday, March 6, 2017 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

Dozy Android

I’ve just spent a good couple of hours sorting out a problem with my new phone, which has no good reason to exist. In fairness to Sony, it’s nothing to do with them: the issue sits squarely with Google and … Continue reading

Sunday, January 22, 2017 in Android, Thoughts on the World

Conversion Challenges

I have an interesting challenge, as one of the projects I am working on want to stop their environments to save costs, but I need ongoing access to the data. I have a dump from an Oracle database, but I … Continue reading

Friday, August 12, 2016 in Code & Development

Platform Flexibility – It’s Alive!

The last post, written largely back in November and published just before Christmas suggested that camera manufacturers should focus on opening up their products as development platforms, much as has happened with mobile phones. While I can’t yet report on … Continue reading

Monday, January 4, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Code & Development, Photography, Thoughts on the World

Do We Want Product Development, or Platform Flexibility?

There’s been a bit of noise recently in the photography blogosphere relating to how easy it is to make changes to camera software, and why, as a result, it feels like camera manufacturers are flat out not interested in the … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Photography, Thoughts on the World

SharePoint: Simply C%@p, or Really Complicated C%@p?

There’s a common requirement for professional users of online document management systems. Sometimes you want to have access to a subset of files offline, with the ability to upload changes when you have finished work and are connected again. Genuine … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

Efficient Fuzzy Matching at Word Level

I’ve just solved a tricky problem with what I think is quite an elegant solution, and thought it would be interesting to share it. I’m building a system in which I have to process fault data. Sometimes this comes with … Continue reading

Friday, January 16, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development

Caught by The Law!

Don’t get too excited. Those of you hoping to see me carted off in manacles and an orange jumpsuit will be sadly disappointed… No, the law to which I refer is Moore’s Law, which states effectively, if you need reminding, … Continue reading

Friday, July 18, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

Webkit, KitKat and Deadlocks!

I don’t know what provision Dante Alighieri made, but I’m hoping there’s a special corner of Hell reserved for paedophiles, mass murderers and so-called engineers from big software companies who think there might ever be a justification for breaking backwards … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

My First Android App: Stash-It!

After a couple of months of busy early morning and late night programming, my first Android app has finally been released. Please meet Stash-It! Stash-It! responds to an odd side-effect of the difference between the iOS and Android security models. … Continue reading

Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Apps, Code & Development, My Publications, Thoughts on the World

Developing for Android

Regular readers will realise that I’ve been rather quiet recently. The reason is that over the last couple of weeks I’ve bitten the bullet and started seriously developing an “app” for Android. As always when I have a programming project … Continue reading

Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Android, Code & Development, Galaxy Note, VMWare

The Micro Four Thirds Lens Correction Project

Although most Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses are tiny,  the cameras produce great JPG files with apparently little or no geometric distortion. They do this by applying corrections in camera,  and the correction parameter data is also stored with the … Continue reading

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in Code & Development, Micro Four Thirds, Photography

Macs Are Really Easy? Ha!

There is a myth. The myth goes “Windows is complicated. Macs are really easy – they just work.” Like most myths this may have started from an original truth, but is now a lie. I am it’s latest, but I … Continue reading

Friday, April 13, 2012 in Code & Development, Thoughts on the World, VMWare

Mac OSX–A Third-Class OS?

Does Apple’s opposition to virtualisation create a technical ghetto? Continue reading

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Code & Development, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World, VMWare

First Bibble Plugin Published

I’ve just published my first plugin for the popular image processing suite, Bibble. CAQuest manages chromatic aberration correction, so if you find yourself always having to apply correction for “purple fringes”, this is the tool you need. To find out … Continue reading

Saturday, December 11, 2010 in Code & Development, My Publications, Photography

Integrating External Content with WordPress

I’ve been developing andrewj.com for about 15 years, and although I’m not that prolific I’ve built up quite a lot of content. I recently converted my blog from an old bespoke (= “custom”, for my American friends) solution to one … Continue reading

Thursday, August 12, 2010 in Code & Development, My Publications, Website & Blog

In Damnation of PHP

<rant>Apologies if the title is a bit strong, but I think it’s the nearest I can get to the opposite of “In Praise of PHP” I’ve just spent a week-end migrating my website to a new hosting server. As part … Continue reading

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 in Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

Using Volume Shadowing with Ntbackup Under Vista

The brain-dead backup function of Windows Vista is enormously annoying. There are known ways to get good old ntbackup working, but they have their limitations. Read this article about my attempts to get round some of those limitations. Continue reading

Monday, July 9, 2007 in Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

Domain-Specific Languages

There seems to be quite a lot of activity on the “Domain Specific Language” front at the moment. Martin Fowler published “Language Workbenches: The Killer-App for Domain Specific Languages?”, in which he concludes that the common programming pattern of setting … Continue reading

Sunday, June 26, 2005 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

Growing a Language

I’ve just read a wonderful paper by Guy L Steele, “Growing a Language“. He argues strongly that programming languages must be “small”, but able to grow. Such a language will have a relatively simple structure, syntactic rules, and a small … Continue reading

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

Enterprise Integration Patterns

Integration, like other design activities, can benefit from sharing ideas and proven strategies in the form of patterns. An excellent starting point is Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf’s Enterprise Integration Patterns website and book. In my recent work I’ve discovered … Continue reading

Friday, March 25, 2005 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

Blogger Me!

My blog is now fully live. My Thoughts on the World, and the articles in AgileArchitect.org, are now available via an RSS feed. For the technically inclined, I’ve built my blog using a combination of VB.NET, Active Server Pages, and … Continue reading

Monday, March 7, 2005 in Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

A Fast Diff Algorithm

An implementation of a Diff algorithm in VB.NET, with various techniques to improve performance Continue reading

Monday, February 21, 2005 in Code & Development, My Publications, Thoughts on the World

Combining Risk Factors

A simple analytical approach to combine the effects of multiple risk factors Continue reading

Thursday, September 25, 2003 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World