Sunday! :) I used to hate Sundays when I was a kid… last precious minutes of the weekend before going back to school on Monday, trying to avoid going to church… then I grew and Sunday unequivocally equalled hang-over :) Today however, Sunday means the day I close open loops and get things done to wrap up the week nicely (yeah, for real, it has finally come to this XDDD).
Anyhow, here goes a little of weekend sunshine for everyone. This time through a book that should be mandatory reading in every school, university and shrine of education: How to Win Friends and Influence People, written in 1936 by Dale Carnegie and that remains, nonchalantly, fresh as the very day it was written. Read below…
Your smile is a messenger of your good will. Your smile brightens the lives of all who see it. To someone who has seen a dozen people frown, scowl or turn their faces away, your smile is like the sun breaking through the clouds. Especially when that someone is under pressure from his bosses, his customers, his teachers or parents or children, a smile can help him realize that all is not hopeless — that there is joy in the world.
Head to Serenity’s website and you’ll be able take a look at how far I got, which is more or less the start screen of the game. If you want to know more about how I built this early part of the game, you can get the source code at GitHub.
Wo! We are back with Barbaric Monthly! It has been a while indeed… I was working on quiz4couples back in September/November, <blinked> “Merry Christmas!“, <blinked> we are at the end of January 2013!
Earlier this year I decided that I wanted to get my first contact with Windows Store App/Windows8 development. I did not have a lot of time, since I want to focus on refreshing my web development skills and becoming a web-dev-wiz for my new job, so I needed something quick and light. I decided to take advantage of my ever-growing library of ebooks and start reading Beginning Windows 8 Application Development - XAML Edition by Kyle Burns. It was definitely a great initiation to Windows Store and modern application development with 300 pages of pure goodness covering:
The Microsoft design language
Windows Store Application types and XAML controls
Data binding and MVVM
IoC, Dependency Injection and Service Locator
Service Agent Pattern, REST services and Odata
Asynchronous programming model: async and await
Contracts: Search, Share
Notifications and Tiles
Sensors, Camera and Location API
The Windows Store
The book doesn’t go very much in depth in any of the topics, but it gives a very good overview of the windows store application development experience and a lot of interesting exercises illustrating each feature to get you started. The image below, for instance, is a Netflix movie browser that consumes and OData web service.
So, putting Windows 8 in pause. Web dev! Here I come! :)
P.S. As usual, you can find my test projects at GitHub.
Everyday, sometimes early in the morning, sometimes not so, I get to work. I run the security card at the door, enter inside the office building defying the deadly revolving door and try to persuade the coffee machine to make an aromatic, silky, strong espresso without much luck. I continue to my office, remove my outdoors attire, sit in my comfy chair and switch on my laptop.
The first thing I invariably do is to open Evernote. I have my very own customized version of Getting Results the Agile Way and I handle all my goals through notes. Each day, I create a new note - say 2013-01-13 work - and set attainable goals for the day. In the header of the each note, I have a collection of rules of conduct, mottos or maxims that I have been gathering during the year: My life teachings of 2012.
When I get sad, I stop being sad, and be AWESOME instead
My self-imposed mission is to spread joy in the world!
Sell yourself well, don’t be too humble!
Don’t put energy into things you don’t want more of
Make small projects of every endeavour. Define goals and scope! Remember Parkinson’s Law!
Enjoy Life! It’s a short trip! Don’t take things too seriously! Loosen up!
Don’t forget the 20/80 rule
Always find the why of things!
Always strive to improve things! Never shut up, express your opinions!
Be Bold! Be Awesome! Don’t care about what other people think!
Get outside of your comfort zone! Make it a habit!
Sharpen the Saw! Practice smart! Practice Perfect!
Be diligent, have discipline, a little bit of work every day makes a difference
Anything is possible, you make your own reality, you are in control of your life. Don’t ever feel like you don’t have a choice