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19th February
2014

Recently I worked on a project that was developed entirely using Node.JS. There was a need to integrate the application with an XDS registry/repository, which exposed its functionality via SOAP services. I investigated soap client interfaces for Node.JS, and found three; node-soap, easysoap, and douche. After testing each of them against the XDS registry/repository, none of them seemed capable of handling a WSDL that made use of complex objects. It seems to me that those soap client modules only work with SOAP services that expose very simple actions.

Ultimately, I had to scrap the notion of using a single module, and implemented my own solution with a couple different modules. The solution is not perfect, but it worked better than any of the others that I found.

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30th January
2014

I’ve been working with Javascript a great deal in the last year. I’ve recently worked on two web applications that were both written purely in Javascript (which were exposed using NodeJS) and two other web applications whose UI were purely javascript, with alternative back-ends (such as C# Web API services). I think NodeJS is great, but definitely have some reservations in using them for projects requiring complicated server-side logic.

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30th January
2014

I’ve recently begun using Carbonite for backing up my files. Carbonite is a very easy-to-use and works quite well… But, that’s another subject for another post. I did, however, run into some problems when contemplating how the backups are affected by encrypted files. When using TrueCrypt to encrypt files, there are some issues to be aware of.

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9th August
2012

I have a WordPress site that uses the Mobile Pack plugin to display a friendly interface for mobile users. Installation went rather smooth, however I found that images weren’t displaying correctly. I could NOT figure out why for quite a while.

At first I thought it was an issue with LibGD not being installed on my IIS7 installation; that was not the case. Then I thought it was because IIS was trying to server the images using the wrong handler; that was not the case either.

Finally I discovered the problem… The Mobile Pack code.

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14th May
2012

I started playing around with the Mono-Android SDK. Pretty cool stuff! Not having developed anything for Android yet, it was admittedly confusing at first trying to figure out the structure of things. For example, the link between the XML UI definition and the actually class objects. Why you have to use + and / in ID, is very odd. I have yet to figure out the meaning behind it.

Pluses:

  • Pretty easy to jump into. The visual studio project template jumps you right into it with a very basic application.
  • Configuration is reasonably simple. Ultimately, the installer app for Android SDK could never find my Java SDK installation. It worked out in the end though when I just used the .zip archive of the Android SDK and changed the settings in the Visual Studio Mono-Android app to point to the location of the Android SDK.
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