Category Archives: Coding

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    Extricating AspNetCore Identity from Entity Framework Database for Xamarin

    Posted on February 1, 2018 by in Asp.Net Core, Coding, Programming

    Unison.School has become a very large project. I’m proud of the hundreds of teachers who are using it in their schools, and hope to keep building it even larger. I built Unison.School while learning the cutting-edge Asp.Net Core 2.0 framework, including the EntityFrameworkCore database ORM. Based on the starting templates for a web app, I […]

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  • Share Pluralsight IQ Badges on your Blog

    Posted on January 12, 2018 by in Coding

    I really love the courses and quizzes on Pluralsight. It has really helped me fill in gaps in my programming knowledge, and lets me see where my weaknesses are. However, I was frustrated that the only “share” options are to Tweet and post to LinkedIn a new skill IQ score. So I decided to write […]

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  • Open Source Giving Back – Gradebook

    Posted on December 22, 2017 by in Coding

    As part of developing my skills as a new software engineer, I have benefitted greatly from the shared code of thousands of other developers. Open sourcing non-critical code lets us all build upon each other’s successes, rather than reinventing the wheel. I have posted a few other half-created code projects before, but today I uploaded […]

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    Why Web-based Technology is the Best Fit for Education

    Posted on November 29, 2017 by in Coding

    I started my tech career with two separate strands: website building for simple sites like this blog, and app building for mobile phones. The websites were made with WordPress, and were very easy to put together, following the built-in menus. Only when I wanted something advanced, like a searchable folk song database did I need to […]

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  • Becoming a Programmer & Entrepreneur

    Posted on June 23, 2017 by in Coding, Uncategorized

    I am just about two weeks into the first summer of my post-teaching career. What was my part-time enterprise of app-writing for the past three years is now becoming my full-time endeavor.  I started out with an interest in iOS apps. I’ve been a big Apple fan since the first iPhone, and always wished there […]

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    Xamarin FTW

    Posted on January 7, 2017 by in Coding, Uncategorized

    When I started programming professionally two years ago, being an Apple fan, I rode the Swift wave. It was clear, easy to understand, and seemed beautiful compared to Objective-C, which I never really learned to use, but can read well enough. With my first few apps complete in the App Store, I had the itch […]

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  • iOS/Swift and Android/Java Conversion Chart

    Posted on March 17, 2016 by in Android, iOS, Java, Swift

    I am beta-testing my first Android app, and have recently completed my second iOS app. Having taught myself how to program in both Swift and Java, I spent a lot of time lamenting the inability to easily convert code between the two. Sure, there are cross-platform solutions, but as an independent developer, I couldn’t afford to […]

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  • Programming/Coding

    Posted on March 20, 2015 by in Coding, Uncategorized

    While music education was my chosen career path, computers have always been my hobby. I remember taking beginning programming classes as a child with DOS and BASIC. I spent much of my college and young-adult years tinkering with operating-system settings and exploring the growing internet. As do-it-yourself tools have exploded, I have used these to […]

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