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Category Archives: Coding

A Guest Post on Big Data

I've been speaking with guys from Adoreboard a start up based in Belfast, on how Big Data works - from a practical point of view.  The differing data structures often mean that a typical monolithic approach to data storage doesn't always make sense. Bob Marks, from Adoreboard wrote a guest post on all things Big Data…
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Running MongoDB in a Virtual Environment

I got the chance to give an updated version of my introduction to MongoDB to the Dublin MongoDB user group (@MongoDBDublin). Download the Slide Deck: I've supplied my slide deck, along with meeting notes here. I think I can share with you the most interesting learning I had when initially using MongoDB - virtual machines lie... they…
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Halloween Special a self Postmortem – Using MongoDB

This evening I had a terrifying experience. I stood up in front of a room of talented and experienced developers, and a MongoDB expert and I told them about all the stupid and silly mistakes I'd made building VocZie with MongoDB. The really strange thing is I feel much better now, hope this feeling lasts until…
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Headlines 1.1.0 (Beta) is out

I’ve been working hard on some updates and improvements to Headlines and today I released Headlines 1.1.0 as a beta. It is available free to everyone, if you are interested in being a beta tester drop me a line at headlines@mind-flip.com. This release includes a new auto refresh feature, improvements to the “Recommended Feeds”, font…
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Bad RSS Feeds & Usability

I got some fantastic feedback from Sophie, she reported some odd behaviour with Headlines showing blank stories and not loading stories which contained images. Turns out Headlines was working perfectly – However  I learnt a whole lot more from Sophie’s email than I expected. This bug report was worrying and unexpected, as headlines is built…
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Headlines Ready?

Woohoo! There is a new release of Headlines out and available for free to anyone who would like to help beta test! Send me an email at headlines@mind-flip.com if you are interested. This is how support from around the world, and a story about an old computer game helped this next release arrive… This latest…
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Memory memory everywhere, but not a drop to allocate!

Thank you beta testers! I have been able to narrow down and make progress on some key memory handling issues in the current beta release of Headlines.A new release of Headlines will be forthcoming this week! – I’ll need some help in testing the new version. I’ve been working hard these last few days on…
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Doodling an Icon

I got some great feedback on my post about Icon design from a friend of mine, Rick Wylie. Rick made a good point - that the icon not only has to look good, but it is also one of the first graphical images a user will see before buying or downloading the app. It is…
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The Bitter Sweet post Christmas Blog Post

I spent the weekend recovering from the Christmas break. Myself and Emma had a fantastic time catching up with friends and family, we did do a fair bit of travelling mainly by car though, so the snow fall here in Ireland over the Christmas break didn’t affect us to much. When not recovering, I’ve been…
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Headlines Running on Nokia N8

I’ve a question for you: How do you test your new application on phones that you don’t have? Well thanks to the help of my Nokia Ireland, and I need to give Shane O’Brien a big shout for this – I’ve been able to borrow a Nokia N8! However my loan has come to an…
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