Hacking Open Atrium: adding Features within the Contexts of your Spaces smokris 2011.12.05 @ 18:02

Last Saturday at DrupalCamp Ohio, I presented an introduction to the basic concepts behind the Open Atrium Drupal install profile, and a demonstration of how to create custom Open Atrium Features.

Apple Radar vs. Time smokris 2011.12.02 @ 10:01

I recently filed an Apple Bug Report, which was marked as a duplicate. The actual bug isn’t terribly important, but the difference between the serial number of the bug I filed (10426480) and the serial number of its alleged duplicate (3323328) – about 7 million – surprised me. Just how old was this still-unfixed bug?

I slogged through the lists.apple.com archives and the bugs users have manually posted on openradar.appspot.com to compile a list of Radar Numbers and the dates they were filed, and ended up with this:

Reusable Views in iOS jstrecker 2011.10.29 @ 12:28

Say you want to create a UIView that you’re going to display in multiple places in your app.

Maybe you want to design a custom UITableViewCell or AQGridViewCell. Or maybe you want to create a view controller that can be displayed by several different view controllers in your app. Or maybe you want to create a custom UI widget that shows up multiple times in a view.

Does this mean you have to make the view programmatically? Is it time to break out the setFrame and the addSubview and the setTextColor and the addTarget:action:forControlEvents:?

Nope! You can still design your views in Interface Builder. Here’s how.

Git-ing Drupal contrib patches done mradcliffe 2011.06.18 @ 16:06

In not-so-recent news, Drupal migrated the drupal.org project repository from CVS to Git in late February, 2011. My experience with Git previous to this has been as a user fetching source code of x.org, mesa, dri, and other various Linux and Unix projects.

As a user, not a developer, I found the Git work flow confusing. I did not need to make local commits and it was hard to wrap my head around bringing in changes from multiple remote repositories.

As a PHP developer, I first grasped the work flow at Columbus GiveCamp 2010 when I needed to make a github account for the branch of the Audio module we hacked on. As well, some Ruby guy had a nice Git work flow diagram, which I promptly forgot all about until the not-so-recent event above.

Are you sure you want to localize? jstrecker 2011.06.10 @ 14:36

It’s a wonderful fact about the world that humans have thousands of living languages. And a wonderful fact about many software development environments that they provide ways to create versions of applications localized into the most common of those languages. But before localization (or should I say world-readiness) sweeps you off your feet, let me tell you about some unexpected difficulties with Kineme’s first localized application.

When did Firebug get so terrible? mradcliffe 2011.04.13 @ 11:33

Firebug is one of those vital extensions for web developers and designers who use Firefox. I have been faithfully updating it whenever it whines at me to update it, which is usually every minor version, and it pretty much just works. Firebug and I have a romance of debugging HTML, CSS, and more recently the Javascript and JQuery that I use in Select Other, Processing, and some more recent custom development for Slight High.

The honeymoon ended recently…

Example of using a UITableView to create a form jstrecker 2011.03.31 @ 23:38

There are a lot of iPhone/iPad examples out there, but surprisingly I haven’t seen one for a common task — using a table view to create a form. Here’s the source code.

Example of IOSurfaceCreateMachPort and IOSurfaceLookupFromMachPort jstrecker 2011.01.27 @ 00:30

The IOSurface framework lets you pass a reference to an IOSurface — a kind of pixel buffer — from one process to another. Here’s an example of how to pass an IOSurface through a mach port using the functions IOSurfaceCreateMachPort and IOSurfaceLookupFromMachPort.

mach_port_t for inter-process communication jstrecker 2011.01.14 @ 11:14

Mach ports are a way for processes to communicate in Mac OS X. (Other mechanisms for inter-process communication include distributed objects and sockets.) A mach port is an endpoint of a communication channel. If 2 processes hold endpoints to the same communication channel, then one process can send messages to the other.

Mac OS X provides wrappers around mach ports — NSMachPort and CFMachPort. But sometimes you have to drop down to the native mach_port_t API.

Don’t do this on whim.

Recovering From a Failed ZFS Root Mirror Disk smokris 2010.11.14 @ 17:13

Hypothetical. Say, for example, you’ve got a ZFS mirror on disk0 and disk1, from which your Nexenta system boots. A year or two later, disk0 crashes, and starts spewing messages such as the following:

 ahci: [ID 860969 kern.warning] WARNING: ahci0: ahci_port_reset port 0 the device hardware has been initialized and the power-up diagnostics failed

Shortly thereafter there’s a storm and the power goes out for several hours and drains your entire humongous UPS, and when the power finally comes back on, the system won’t boot — it stops at the grub prompt; issuing a standard boot command fails.