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Month: March, 2013

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As you all know, from reading my blog, I do book reviews from time to time. I was asked by PacktPub to do a new review for them for a new book which has just come out: HTML5 Presentations How-to .

This looks to be interesting and I’ve been asked to do the review in a couple of weeks time. So I’m going to get it on the tablet tonight and start reading it on the bus rides tomorrow. I had been reading articles on single page apps lately, so I am wondering if I can’t dovetail these together into something really interesting. Stay tuned for the review and my thoughts on that and a few more thoughts I’ve been having on different ideas!!!!

HTML5 Presentations How-to

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Back again

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. No, it’s not another book review. I’m still working on that one. The newest one is rather dense and it has been a tough read. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just a statement of fact.

I’m working now on the administrative piece of the hot calls. I have something which should function done, but I don’t like it and I want to do better with .NET MVC, but trying to get information on how to hook it up well with an Oracle database is akin to passing kidney stones. It’s painful and you can’t see easily what’s going on. Yes, I know that ODP.NET is supposed to make it easier, but it doesn’t. MVC4, out of the box, wants to connect to the LocalDB version of SQLServer. I understand why from a Microsoft perspective, but I don’t have to like it.

Finally I’ve found a book from Apress, ASP.NET MVC4 Recipes which actually shows you a way to hook all of it up using EF and it works. Well, it’s worked in tests. Now comes the time to wire something up which will look decent and see what I can get away with.

Classes are going. I’ve been making headway and may follow a prof’s advice and go straight on for my PhD. I know what I want to do what I will need to do it. I want to focus on programming languages and how they are like human conlangs. I also want to examine the incidence of polyglotism in the programming community. Are programmers more likely to be polyglots? I tend to think yes. Can someone use linguistic schema such as syntax to describe programming languages and perhaps predict their growth?

I’ve also grown more fascinated with javascript based web solutions these days, especially after running into all of the headaches I have with Oracle and .NET.

So, more to come from me soon, but this is a start….