Installing Skype on OpenSuse Linux

This page was very useful for troubleshooting why Skype wouldn’t run straight off the website installation for OpenSuse. On Linux Skype is a 32-bit application, but my version of OpenSuse was 64-bit, so this page explains the steps needed to install the missing libraries that would allow a 32-bit Skype application to run.

Playing Restricted Multimedia Formats With OpenSuse Linux

The OpenSuse Community Restricted Multimedia Formats page was ultra useful today for getting my xvid-encoded videos playing smoothly on my OpenSuse installation. A nice extra surprise was that it smoothened the video on Flash playing within my browser. I was getting annoyed by jerky YouTube playbacks, and this ymp file for my Gnome environment seemed to fix this.

What should a developer know before building a public web site? – Stack Overflow

What should a developer know before building a public web site? – Stack Overflow.

In testing the new GigJunkie site before launching it (soon), I found my team debating to the point of near argument some of the finer points of our website which this topic thread would have helped us greatly, had we read before.

As I approach this weekend’s CAMDUG meetup which is an Open Space Coding Day with Alan Hemmings and other .Net Cambridge developers I’m very excited about working with folks on the topic of a public website for CAMDUG.

I’m hoping that my contributions to the day can be helped having read this article now. continues to impress me with its wealth of developer knowledge.

Tip of the day: Double question mark – Mikael Söderström

This tip on using the double-quotation marks in C# helped me a bit today when it came to integrating new code for an ASP.Net web application with legacy data access code that I was unsure about the quality of. The data access code that I was referencing  may or may not have null value checking, and there was no time because of an impending deadline to do code-review or quality control revision on it, but by using the ‘??’ check on values returned by it and some constant parameter values hydrated by web.config appSetting values II was able to implement default behaviour in my code for objects which did not get what was expected from the data access layer.

Of course this is just a band aid. The solution really lies in cleaning up that misbehaving code and defining standard contracts for behaviour between tiers that all the software team agrees to and which consistent code reviewing will reveal deviations from at earlier stages before integration, and perhaps the whole team becomes better developers because of it since we’re discipling ourselves on good practices for writing quality code.

Nitpick on Spark View Engine’s Drupal powered website

The getting started guide and the website themselves are part of a default-themed Drupal site, and as such trying to do a simple thing like log in using my Gmail address as my OpenId login encountered that particular Drupal bug. Luckily I host this blog at WordPress, and WordPress can be used as an OpenId trusted authenticaton provider too.

These bugs are so totally fixable, having them there still doesn’t help to give credit to the great idea behind Spark View Engine which is to “allow the html to dominate the flow and the code to fit seamlessly”.

Use TARDIS Tweet To Back-Schedule Twitter Submissions And Usurp Your Rivals | Twittercism

Use TARDIS Tweet To Back-Schedule Twitter Submissions And Usurp Your Rivals | Twittercism.

Definitely useful for all of us busy folks!

Google Street View available for the UK

It’s a little cool, and slightly uncomfortable, to see London is now mapped out and available for Google Street View.

I am a newcomer to London,  and often find myself walking a bit to find unknown streets and places, a task I’d much rather prefer to do virtually from the warm confines of my home or office than on the cold breezy streets.

When you see photo layouts of directly up to your front door it does become a little unsettling for some reason, despite the usefulness of it all.