Debugging

These days, I’m doing a lot of debugging and testing.  It doesn’t feel very glamorous, but I know that it is extremely important, not only to the end user’s experience, but also to the integrity of your product.  I found this quote recently: “Debugging is the process of testing, finding, and reducing bugs (errors) in computer programs.  The first known computer bug was a real bug (an insect), stuck in the electronics.”
Cute – I always wondered where that phrase/word came from.

Just recently, I found a misspelled word on the footer of our program.  It’s a pet peeve for me and I have submitted the updated file with the correct spelling.  Your company website, your software product, and everything else projects an image about your company to the world.  If you have an outdated website, but claim to have a really cool/great software product, I’m probably going to be a bit skeptical.  There’s a saying that ‘image is everything.’  The substance of the product is important, but if I can’t get past the outdated website, it doesn’t matter how great the product is.

I’m also learning a lot about JavaScript and have been spending time here reading up on it.  They say that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it, and I have found that to be true for coding as well.  Taking a class on JavaScript is one thing, but working with JavaScript (and HTML, CSS, SQL, XBasic, etc) everyday takes it to a whole other level.

SQL Authority

I have read many posts on Pinal’s blog, http://blog.sqlauthority.com/, over the last 2 years and just wanted to write a quick post giving him a shout-out. I really like the step-by-step way that he describes some SQL-related process. And just recently, the comparison of developers to Iron Man and Chhota Bheem are fun articles that I particularly enjoyed. Thanks Pinal – keep posting awesome-ness!

On a side note, I have not posted anything since the beginning of May (or maybe the end of April!).  I do plan on writing more and writing regularly – it was kind of a crazy month in May and then June has been more like ‘finding my sea-legs’ at my new work.  I’ve transitioned careers and am now working as a database developer and programmer for a small software company.

Peace out!