My mini vacation was a good time. I ended up sleeping in a hide-a-bed, which was the down point…. just because I’m used to a super nice bed..
I had a few good games of golf, and burnt myself the last day when I feel asleep on the lounge chair on their patio.. but all in all, a good time was had.. the best part of course was seeing family, and seeing the niece and nephew.. they make me want to have kids.. but then it seems like such an awesome, huge responsibility, and I don’t know if Jennifer and I are grown up enough for that..
When do you know if you want or can handle kids? My sisters just say “have them, you’ll be fine”, but it seems so.. well, scary..
I’m sitting at PDX right now, waiting to board my flight to Palm Springs. My brother and dad talked me into flying down for a long weekend (I was debating, if you can believe it!)
My mom and dad are down there right now, and my sister Nicole and her husband and two kids are arriving.. well, probably like right now, and my brother Steven and his wife arrive Sunday at around noon.
It’s going to be nice to get away, Jennifer is off in South Korea for two weeks (I was going to go, but tickets were like $3000 round trip by the time we found out she was going, dang spring break anyway) and I’m missing, well, like talking to humans for more than an hour at a time type of thing.
Stay tuned for some pictures, probably here, and more at my Flickr photos, of which I’ve really upload no pictures to speak of.
Back to the grind on Wednesday, although ‘the grind’ is actually quite exciting these days.
For the past few months at work, we’ve been trying something new – formal unit testing. I volunteered to be the ‘champion’ for it on the team, and it’s been going well, although a new employee has a ton more experience than I at it, and has made some interesting and good changes to the unit test framework we are using.
I wasn’t really sure how it would work for us, because a lot of our app really isn’t separated into model layers that we could test easily without a file open.. but my coworker wrote some code to easily open and close a file, and we’re in business now writing unit tests that depend upon files.
I had modified UnitKit 1.1 to be an embeddable framework, and wrote a little progress UI in cocoa to have the semblance of a ‘green’ progress bar to indicate success. It looks like James has made an embeddable framework with the early beta release of 2.0 – I need to spend some time looking at it, and incorporate it back into our project.
The best part about unit testing? It’s the small successes.. it reminded me of when I worked at Excite@Home, my last 8 months was working on classifieds.excite.com (classifieds2000.com).. the turn around for a web project their was two or three weeks, and really gave you that feeling of victory.. (vs a yearly release cycle).. With unit testing, I can write unit tests, then some code that passes them, and bang, I’ve just got a little victory under my belt.
That, plus it’s nice to know at any point in the future, I can run the unit tests, and see if the code I’ve been writing has broken in any way. Which.. I guess is the obvious benifit is the latter.
If you haven’t tried unit testing, or have a bit project that you don’t seem to get anywhere with, I highly recommend trying it, and check out UnitKit.. it seems to be the most Mac like and Cocoa like of the unit testing frameworks I looked at.
Tonight I went out for dinner with a good friend visiting from Jordan. We went downtown to the Pearl and ate at Oba’s. Excellent meal, but.. well, but, I was walking out to my car, and didn’t want to go home to the burbs.. it was bustling, exciting, and I wanted to walk home to my loft..
Should we just do it? Downsize, find a new home for the chocolate lab, get rid of 1 car, and buy a loft in the Pearl? I’ve always wanted to ‘life in a loft’, and Jennifer is leaning towards it too..
I’d love to hear any comments from any readers/friends/family members.
I got this in my .Mac Connections email today, just a small feature I worked on last year.. I’m happy to see it getting so much attention though:
Where have I been? Busy with life, and really busy with work, currently working on another wiz bang feature for next years release.
When I was growing up in the Calgary area, I remember watching the Buckshot Show for many many years.. CBC Calgary is doing a “Where are they now?” special, and have a link about what Ron Barge (aka Buckshot) is doing now.