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Posted On Tuesday, September 28, 2010 9:08 PM

JavaScript Koans
I’m working on a javascript learning tool, based on the edgecase koans for ruby. The idea is to express a set of javascript lessons as failing tests. By completing the koans in order the power and beauty of the language is slowly revealed without overwhelming complexity or a high concept count. I am planning to cover the following topics: about asserts Introduces the basic test framework used for the rest of the koans. about equality A quick look at the concept of equality in javascript. about truthyness ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 28, 2010 7:27 PM

Build Automation with Rake & Albacore Screencast
Yesterday Tekpub published my first screencast, build automation with rake and albacore. It is in the free .NET OSS Tekpub channel since there is only one episode and it only goes for 15 minutes. Rake is not difficult so I think 15 minutes is sufficient to explain the benefits and demonstrate a simple build script. The screencast also shows how to use rake to implement continuous integration for a .NET solution ......

Posted On Saturday, September 25, 2010 12:41 PM

Sunbeam Cafe Series Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Gradually you become aware of the warm sun, filtering through the curtains. You can’t see, your eyes are still closed, but your other senses have been active for some time. You can feel the sheets beneath you, hear a faint rhythmic cacophony of kitchen utensils, and most importantly you can smell the delightful welcoming odour of fresh coffee percolating on the stove. Like good wine, good coffee is all about the aroma, and to achieve the freshest and most enticing aroma the roasted coffee beans must ......

Posted On Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:40 PM

Cooloola Great Walk
I love what I do, but sometimes I need a break from software, from the office and from sitting at a computer all day. At such times I like to experience the outdoors and hiking is a great way to do that. The Cooloola Great Walk is a 5 day, 102 km hiking track from Noosa to Rainbow Beach [pdf]. In Queensland it is too hot for long distance walking most of the year so I wanted to complete the walk in winter. On such short notice I could not organise a hiking partner, so I did the walk by myself. It ......

Posted On Sunday, September 5, 2010 8:31 PM

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