Development Technologies Landscape (2015)

11th November 2015

For a developer sometimes it can be difficult to know what to focus on in terms of languages, frameworks and libraries. I came across this diagram created by devnetwork. It shows the top technology to focus on in different fields. Pretty useful way to measure yourself against, see what you already know and pick something new to learn in the future.

Project tracking tool -

30th October 2015

Today, I discovered a new tool which is very similar to Jira and Trello. I feel Jira is designed mostly for complex projects but can be a bit overkill for smaller/personal projects. Trello is very simple and straightforward to use, however, it lacks the ability to scale as the project unfolds. From a brief look at is very similar to Trello in this regard, simple but lacks scalability. Its design is what differentiates from the other two well-known applications.

Set up MEAN.js in Vagrant

11th October 2015

If you have used Vagrant already then, you must know how powerful it can be when it comes to sharing local development environments. If you have not used it already, the whole idea is one person from the development team sets up a VM on their local machine then configure it with all the required libraries, settings and correct software versions. This VM can then be packaged up and shared with anyone.

Awesome Text Editor - Atom

10th October 2015

Since I started using Sublime Text 2, I have fallen in love with the simplicity design. Compared to other more "robust" integrated development environment (IDE), it was faster to run, more customisable, had a large community and some of the functionalities are simply awesome. Since Sublime Text requires a payment of $70, it is a little pricey for me. After I had enough with pop ups telling me to pay the licence fee, I decided to look for an alternative.

Installing linux on GUID Partition Table (GPT) disk

9th October 2015

There are many advantages of GPT disks compared to Master Boot Record (MBR). MBR was introduced back in 1983, any technology being that old has a restriction in modern day computing, and MBR is no other. If you are interested, feel free to read up on the comparison between MBR and GPT, but I won't be explaining the differences here. Instead, I want to explain the issues I had with GPT and how to resolve it.