Theater Production and Actor Database

Currently, I am working on a hobby project, a theater production and actor database (mwtdb for short). It is visible on GitHub and open source. Requirements What I want to create is something similar to IMDb, which focuses on movies, TV and celebreties, but for amateur theater. A very basic version will contain actors, directors and technicians, contributing to productions. From a technical point of view, I will create a web application, using Angular and Neo4j, a graph database. Read more →

Service Worker Experiments

I am currently experimenting with service workers (see Using Service Workers or Service Workers: an Introduction). One scenario is to provide mock data when no connection to an external service is available. And by theory, service workers should be able to intercept any request made by the website. But there is one exception. If you fetch data with jQuery.ajax() function and use async: false, the service worker will not be able to intercept any of those requests. Read more →

Technical Summit 2016 in Darmstadt

Soon, I will attend the Technical Summit 2016, which will take place from Dec 6 to 8 in Darmstadt. This is my first conference for my new employer (ConWeaver), where I am working pretty much along the same lines as for Comparis, meaning front-end development with HTML, CSS and JavaScript and its many derivatives (Sass, LESS, TypeScript). A new challenge is Angular, which has recently reached version 2 and comes with a nodejs-based workflow and with mostly alpha-staged tools around. Read more →

Fighting with JSON

In my current project, I had to deal with huge JSON files, which contain the order and properties of our layout elements. For CSS styling purposes, I had to move one particular array item to the end, create a new object and move all existing elements inside of that new object. This was tedious work when I did that manually. So I decided to develop a little C# Console application, taking care of that for me. Read more →

Angular

After my first week at ConWeaver, I got a first impression of the search framework and the technology used. The hot topic in the moment is Angular, which is a web application framework. In contrast to other server-side frameworks, the application logic is on the client (browser). This is a major trend now, aiming at Progressive Web Apps, which are as quick and responsive as native applications. To work with Angular, I need to understand the entire ecosystem which has evolved for developing with Angular. Read more →

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

I have started to read a new book, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. She takes quite a good approach and starts at 63 BC with Cicero accusing Catiline of conspiring against Rome (Second Catiline conspiracy), in one of the most popular political speeches. Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? How long, Catiline, will you abuse our patience? After this introduction, the next chapter goes back to the beginnings of Rome as a little village. Read more →

A Hologram for the King

One pleasurable cinematic experience was the movie A Hologram for the King by Tom Tykwer. Tom Hanks stars as an ageing sales agent, who is sent to Saudi Arabia for a pitch of a virtual reality conference system. He finds himself with his fellow colleages in a tent in the desert, the king far away and probably never coming. I really enjoyed watching it and can recommend it. Read more →

Setting up Docker on Ubuntu 15.10

For the next five days, I will be on an innovation week, as my company calls it. I will be away from the daily business and dig into one topic of my own choice, but of course related to current challenges within the company. And since service-oriented architecture is something that moves us in the moment, I chose service scalability as my topic. But for that to work, I need a quick way to set-up services within their own context, making it possible to add more service nodes when needed. Read more →

Steve Krug – Don’t Make Me Think

In the field of user experience (UX), the book written by Steve Krug is considered a classic. It is not too long, following his own principles of brevity and clarity in content presentation. I am reading this, because I experience UX discussions at work (comparis.ch) quite often. Krug starts with a chapter on how people actually perceive and work with web pages. Instead of carefully reading and deliberately choosing the right option, people behave completely different. Read more →

UX Munich – Conference Notes

The Conference The conference location was a beautiful building in walking distance of Munich main station, the Künstlerhaus. It is an old building and has style, and as such is a perfect meeting venue for UX enthusiasts. The UX Munich is intended for “designers and developers, who build great user experiences – together”. That sounded appealing to me, as I have experienced countless discussions about user experience and see this as an interdisciplinary topic. Read more →