Earlier this week I was looking into RESTFUL web services and how to create them, so I set myself a small project. The idea was to do something very basic, but that could be useful for someone rather than just a proof of concept. i had no real direction. With the news recently being about Apple locked in a battle with the FBI about whether or not they should be breaking their security for the FBI to access data on a particular iPhone, I started thinking about how much bad security I have seen in software applications over the years. From this, I decided to build a web service which would take a hash string, and provide the original string for that hash where possible.
I’ve left this site languish a little too long with no posts or improvement. It’s time for that to change, so I’ve started some development on the back-end, which will hopefully lead to a better working front end. Here’s a breakdown of what is in development:
- Splitting “versions” of the site out into individual posts rather than one large post
- normalising the database to introduce performance improvements
- re-writing the gallery section completely from the mess it currently is
- Adding some basic internal analytics (though I’ll still be using google analytics)
- Updating the text editor I use for better code formatting
Once that’s done, some of the changes will be obvious on the front end, but I’ll then look at changing front end pages to improve the experience for all.
Enough for now, this code isn’t going to write itself…
I’m a huge advocate of taking backups of things. So much so, I’ve got my own home server backing up to “the cloud” with all of my files on it. It needs a bit of an organisational shuffle I think, but the idea is there.
SVN, or any other version control system for that matter, should always be used when developing code. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a single person project, or a huge project involving hundreds of different developers. Version control is essential.
I’ve recently been approached about a project for me to work on, part-time and on the side. This itself isn’t unusual, but it’s one of a very small minority which I think is a good idea and has some promise. I’ll not go into details about it, as I don’t know the full details of what role I would be involved in, and to what extent, but I had a look into it over the weekend and discovered something which probably affects many small businesses initially, and something which could be disastrous for them. Their SEO sucks.
I’ve been working on an old code base recently, a one which I have inherited, and looking through it I was frustrated at a lot of the code involved. Don’t get me wrong, that’s normal for most programmers when they inherit an old project, but I’m not sure this followed good programming practices from when it was built (about 7 years ago).
As part of the file server set up, I’ve created a Samba share in order to facilitate easily adding files to it form other devices around the house. It’s not been plain sailing, and I’m still not convinced my setup is right, but here’s the
pain steps I went through using the terminal on Debian:
As you might have seen, I’ve been building, and setting up my home server, and during that time, I had a lot of issues getting things working. Some were from my own stupidity (like installing the GRUB loader on the wrong hard drive so it wouldn’t be read at boot time) and others weren’t so much my fault, but the fact some of the hardware I have doesn’t have open source drivers.
After posting my intention of building a home file server for storing my movies, pictures, music and probably other files, I had to order some new hard drives to give me the space I think I will need. They have now arrived so I get to install those into the case, and then set up the operating system to run everything.
I’ve not forgotten to post about my file server, I just haven’t finished setting it up yet, and therefore haven’t finished the post. I’m running into some issues getting the operating system to work how I want it. It sound picky, but there’s some hardware issues involved too, which are being a pain.