Right now, I do a) business development, b) project management and c) programming. This is quite a new role to me. Previously I am more focused and rarely do things outside of coding (I am using programming and coding interchangeably today).
Actually I am quite frustrated with this. If I am focused on coding, it means that I can show my work in terms of screens created or problems solved.
But for project management and business development, you can’t show much except the business you bring in and the gantt charts you’ve created. Since I am doing those three at the same time, my “show of productivity” are divided into three and since it’s hard for human (me) to be in the flow to work, actually the amount of code I generated have dramatically reduced compared to the previous 3 months.
This is something new to me.
And it’s a good challenge.
I learned a lot on how to budget (time and money), how to do the business side of IT (I have created tender as well) as well as to juggle these tasks. The higher you go, the more you have to manage it properly or you will succumb to busyness and not productive.
What’s the best way to start a new year for a geek other than coding at night? Tonight I practised coding in Python by tackling a problems that I got from Project Euler’s archives. You can view the first 2 problems I solved in my Github.
Since it’s already a new year, so what’s my wishes this year?
Well, I have some wishes such as:
I wish to build and have my own simple SaaS running
Make Makna.online and Kokotiam self-sustaining
Take care of my body and my mind better
Create a Programming Course. I haven’t decided which language yet though (PHP? Laravel? Vue? React? Or Python? Swift? Java? Or something else?)
Anyway, let us all wish for a better future ahead! 😀
Yep. It is possible for Kotlin and Java to live side by side inside the same app. That’s what I did with rider’s app for Karhoo Courier. For the purpose of learning, I only use it in one of the activity. As I said before, the best way to learn is by using what you want to learn with what you have to do.
If you can combine them, you can learn while achieving your objective of the day (for me, it is to let the riders view the consignment note details).
I am going to show step by step on how to install Valet on your Mac. I tested this on MacOS Mojave.
Before this I encounter these errors:
Could not symlink, /usr/local/bin is not writable
In Brew.php line 187: Unable to determine linked PHP
compact() not defined
It turns out that Laravel does not support PHP 7.3 yet. (At least that’s in my case).
Here’s the step you need to do first. You have to make sure you use the right PHP which is version 7.2.
# Will show you any php packages you've got. make not of that! brew list | grep php
# Will uninstall any php packages you may have brew list | grep php | while read x; do brew uninstall --force $x; done # You may need to run this too rm -rf /usr/local/Cellar/php # Clean up Launch Agents rm ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.php* sudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.php* brew untap homebrew/php brew cleanup brew update brew doctor # just to make sure you're all clean ps ax | grep php # if some PHP daemons are still runing, reboot.
Now, you can install PHP 7.2 by running this command:
brew install firstname.lastname@example.org
after that, you can link the one installed through brew with the supposed location for your PHP.
For example, I don’t know the difference between Bootstrap 3 and 4.
So I created a project based on Bootstrap 4.
A simple dictionary website for people to find meaning of a word.
Basically it’s a place for people to search for meaning of a word in Malay.
To make it better, I also use Google Translate API to grab meaning in English and insert it into the DB. So it doesn’t have to query Google Translate all the time. It only query it one time and then I insert it into the DB.
The second time people visit the same page, the page won’t call Google Translate API again. Just have to query the database. I use MySQL for this project.
I originally use Vue with Axios for this website. Vue is after all the hottest thing right now. I first used it in one of the take-home coding interview and it seems quite interesting to use.
But the moment I saw the website in Google Index, it seems that Google doesn’t really crawl all the links inside.
So I turned back to using vanilla HTML website again.
At the website I also implemented a simple search suggestion using Bootstrap Typeahead so people can know what’s in the database before they click Cari.
As you can see, there are a lot of things that I am doing on the website under the hood. It’s pretty simple website, sure. But it means that I can learn how to use Bootstrap 4, Vue and Axios.
That’s how we can learn how to use a new programming framework — by using it. Every framework is a little bit different and the best way to learn about it is to implement it yourself.