This week began the Software Engineering for Software as a Service (SaaS) course that I am taking online through UC Berkeley and www.class-central.com. Having already taken the Machine Learning course offered by Stanford during the end of 2011, I am very excited to dive into this next one. It focuses on the Agile Development lifecycle using SaaS and Cloud based deployment.
The course uses Ruby on Rails for the assignments, which was another added benefit for me. I recently taught myself Ruby and the Rails framework and I am working on improving my skills. Any excuse to get more experience with them is good enough for me at this point.
Another interesting aspect of the course is that the textbook, Engineering Long-Lasting Software: An Agile Approach Using SaaS and Cloud Computing, Alpha Edition, is actually written by the two instructors running the … Read More »
Perhaps one of the biggest jokes that life can play on you is the fact that the more your life comes together the more potential it has to fall apart. There are more responsibilities to keep up with, more things on the agenda, and a smaller cushion of free time to fall back on if you don’t get them all done. If you’re like I was a few years ago you probably have time tracking and project management filed away in the “would be nice / someday I’ll get around to it” category. You’ll be surprised just how quickly it will jump up out of the dust pile of your life and place itself in the “do or die” category.
Over the last couple of years I’ve tried out several different time tracking, project management, and goal tracking systems. However, I … Read More »
So I’ve been working on my website design for a long time now. I think I’ve started and trashed about five designs now. I find it much harder to design for myself than clients. From what I’ve read this actually pretty common.
I’ve actually got something really good in the works now though. However, because of the high demand on my schedule with my upcoming final project (for the Web Design and Development program at Full Sail University), on top of my work and family life, most of my time right now is focused elsewhere. So the idea hit me, why not just get a blog up and start writing, and then lay the design over the top of it when it is finished?
I really want to share my thoughts and experiences as I begin work on my final project as … Read More »