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    Contributing Code

    It’s really easy to start writing code and it’s really fun. I mean REALLY fun. I develop a sort of hyper-focus once the editor opens and somewhere after the second or third compilation attempt. The warnings and errors from typos in my code scroll by on the screen. I fix them, I think on the problem a little more, I adjust the approach, refactor, reorganize. A few comments here to remind myself what my architecture is, sprinkle in some sample inputs and outputs like fairy dust to attract a correct solution. I’m in heaven, angels are singing, kittens are being born.

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    Fowler on Continuious Integration

    In working with students and colleagues on good development practices, and generally keeping my own skills and knowledge up-to-date, I’ve been doing more reading on continuious integration. Below are some highlights and key ideas I pulled from reading Martin Fowler’s article on Continuous Integration.

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    Portland Womens History Trail v1.1 Released

    Today version 1.1 of the Portland Women’s History Trail went live in the Apple AppStore, the Google play, and on the web.

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    The Quirky Land of Cordova

    There are a number of quirky tasks to complete when you get ready to publish an app in either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. They are not the type of thing I, as a developer, usually think about when starting a project. As the Portland Women’s History Trail gets nearer to “submission ready,” I’ve steadily chopped away at that list, but the first major task was making a fundamentally HTML/CSS/JavaScript application work when bundled and offline took a bit of research and ultimately, doing things the “right way.”

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    It Couldn't Be Done -- Edward Guest

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    Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

    if someone just dictated him telling stories. There was a light at the end of the tunnel though, in this singularly genius passage (my emphasis added):

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    Fate Leads the Willing - Cicero

    Lead me, Master of the soaring vault
    Of Heaven, lead me, Father, where you will.
    I stand here prompt and eager to obey.
    And ev’n suppose I were unwilling, still
    I should attend you and know suffering,
    Dishonourably and grumbling, when I might
    Have done so and been good as well. For Fate
    The willing leads, the unwilling drags along.

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