Posts Tagged ‘website’


Announcing my Professional Software Development Email List

I am pleased to announce the creation of my Professional Software Development email list for this website. This list will allow you to receive my blog articles (two per month on average) as well as useful newsletters containing exclusive information not available on my website plus announcements and special offers. My standard for blog articles […]

Speaking and Resource Pages

I have added a new speaking page to my website. For the past few years I have been regularly speaking at conferences, user groups and organizations about how to become more effective at software development and I felt it was time to document this aspect of my professional activity on my website. I have also […]

Resolving PHP No Input File Specified Error for WordPress on IIS

My website was recently almost entirely non-functional for several days. I noticed the problem by the sharp drop in my traffic statistics, and a quick check of the site revealed that most of my pages were displaying a PHP message “No input file specified error” rather than the actual content. After a quick flurry of […]

Java Code Examples Available

I have added a new project called Java Examples to my Software page. This project contains the source code used as examples in the following articles: Working with Java 5 Annotations Parsing and Generating XML with Java Advanced Uses of Java 5 Enums A Tale of Bad Exception Handling in Finally Blocks in Java Automatically […]

Website Changes

I have rolled out a few changes to this website over the last few days: The feed for the site now is run through FeedBurner. I switched to FeedBurner primarily because of the better tracking it provides of subscriber and feed click-through numbers. I am also debating switching to a full feed instead of the […]

Celebrating 100 Posts

This is post number 100 on my website! To celebrate I am going to take a look back at my previous posts. My prior posts add up to approximately 70,000 words or 250 pages – that is the size of a book! At approximately one hour per page that equals approximately six weeks of full-time […]

Syntax Highlighting on the Web

I have finally added syntax highlighting to my website using Google Code Prettify. My code examples will now be nicely colored based on syntax. Integrated development environments have been doing this for at least ten years. When I was first introduced to syntax highlighting in IDEs I found it a tremendous productivity boost for reading […]

Version Information WordPress Plugin

I have added a new WordPress plugin called Version Information to my Software page. This plugin displays version and configuration information for WordPress, PHP, MySQL, and the web server. A summary is displayed in the Site Admin dashboard and more details are displayed under a Version Information page under the Site Admin Plugins menu This […]

Organizing Information: Using Tags versus Categories

I recently upgraded WordPress – the software that runs this site – to version 2.3. New in this latest version is support for tags. Each post can be associated with any number of keywords or key phrases called tags, and navigation elements can be added to display the set of tags. Probably the most commonly […]

Running My Website: One Year Retrospective

I am happy to announce that this is the one-year anniversary of my website! I wanted to take this opportunity to share my observations and lessons learned since my last retrospective after the first three months. Running my website has continued to be an incredible learning experience. I have learned more about building web traffic […]

My Vision for IT

I’ve recently updated my vision for this website, which I’ll restate here: Help software developers learn and grow as professionals. Increase the level of professionalism in the IT industry. Make the IT industry a more enjoyable and rewarding field to work in. Why did I create a vision statement for my website? When I started […]

Website Changes and the Value of Feedback

I recently had an experience that reinforced for me the value of seeking feedback. When I first started creating my website, I invested much time and energy into developing the look and feel. When I finally launched, I was quite pleased with my work. But I didn’t let that deter me from making improvements. A […]

New Resources Page

I’ve added a new Resources page to my website (the link is located in the navigation bar above). This page contains links to useful information for software developers as an aid for perpetual learning. Of particular note is the separate Book Recommendations page, where I list and review the best books I have read. All […]

Why Blogs are Popular

On the surface, a blog appears to be nothing more than a personal website, and those have been around since the web started. So why has blogging exploded in the last six years? I think the reason can be summarized in two words: usability and community. Blogging software is typically used to create blogs. Once […]

Running My Website: 3 Month Retrospective

My website has been operating now for three months, and it has been an incredible learning experience. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share my observations and lessons learned – especially since some of them are applicable to operating and maintaining software applications of any type. If you’ve read my articles on learning (starting […]