Devlog #8

Posted on Fri 27 March 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

This week I uploaded the second video to the "Start Page 2.0" project. I feel a little better about it, but I honestly think I'm incredibly boring to watch. I'm hoping over time I loosen up a bit and show the person my family sees every day …

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Devlog #7

Posted on Fri 20 March 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

Two weeks ago I wrote about an idea I had for recording 30-ish minute videos and posting them without much editing. The project I decided on was to enhance my start page application to store data in a database. I explained the reasons for this in the video …

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Devlog #6

Posted on Fri 13 March 2020 in Devlog


At work we hook into 3rd party applications for various things. One of these things is to handle our user authentication and login. Unfortunately, when this piece of the application doesn't work, development grinds to a halt until the other team can get that application back up and running …

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Devlog #5

Posted on Fri 06 March 2020 in Devlog

Synaptik Labs

Nothing new here other than some thoughts I had. I create two kinds of videos:

  1. one-off tutorial videos
  2. a video as part of a series where I build something.

Usually the videos are about 10 to 20 minutes long where I set out to accomplish a small task …

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Devlog #4

Posted on Fri 28 February 2020 in Devlog

  • CodeAlongBlog - On Monday, Dwayne and I streamed our work on the time component for the calendar, it looks very nice, but it feels awkward to use on a desktop. Later in the week, we got a simple website up and running. We're looking to expand our work to include an …

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Devlog #3

Posted on Fri 21 February 2020 in Devlog


I spent some time this week trying to fix the speed issues and layout issues that I have been seeing. The major speed bottleneck in the initial page load was the call to fetch all of the documents. It took a few seconds to fetch a few thousand results …

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Devlog #2

Posted on Fri 14 February 2020 in Devlog

  • Brary - Earlier this week I worked on the magazine ingestion part of the process. This exposed several issues that I need to address:

    • Cover images sometimes aren't rendered. I'm not exactly sure why but for some reason the API call to fetch the data for the particular magazine issue doesn't …

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Posted on Thu 13 February 2020 in Random

Today, I stumbled upon one of the first software programs I ever wrote: SFQue. I downloaded and ran it inside of DosBox just to take a look at what I had made. It was interesting to see it run and read the words that I wrote so long ago. My …

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Maildev is awesome

Posted on Wed 12 February 2020 in Random

This morning I stumbled on a reddit post where someone showed what containers they have running on their home network. I always find these kind of posts interesting as it provides insight into what kinds of containers are out there and how people might be using them. One of the …

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Devlog #1

Posted on Fri 07 February 2020 in Devlog

  • Date Range Picker - I grabbed this task at work last week and finally wrapped it up this week. Prior to this, our picker was modal-based and very small compared to the rest of the screen so it looked a bit empty. The new picker, in my opinion, looks very nice …

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