Just Visiting?

Well, that was a refreshing 3-year hiatus! In addition to winding up my long and illustrious career, I got hooked on the 2016 presidential election [actually I got hooked on one of the candidates and his progressive agenda]. One thing led to another and now I am more politically aware and actually participating in the process (not as much as others, but more than before).

With my first year of retirement behind me, I am looking forward to getting more control over my schedule (and over my health). One unintended consequence of my revived interest in things political is that I have not been able to spend nearly as much time as I had planned doing computer programming activities. That has begun to change, but is still being negotiated.


As you can see from the graphic, I have not stopped following international news.

Have a nice day until my next post (hopefully sooner than 2020).



Taking a Refresher Course


I have been brushing up on the basics lately. Decided to go back and start fresh (from the very beginning) by learningĀ all the skills that I use on a regular basis from scratch. It has been a great idea! Along the way I have filled in a few of the gaps in my education. Most of what I need to know can be learned just by Googling [so that is an every day event for me and probably countless thousands of other professional programmers]. Most of my day to day activities are focused on Java, though, so I get rusty on technologies that I only use once in a while (like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, etc.). I am particularly enjoying the course assignments; they give me a manageable project to confirm my skills (or in the case of Bootstrap, add to my toolkit).

The nice thing about taking this course is that I do learn about tools and frameworks and libraries that I wouldn’t ordinarily encounter at work. This course is offered by Udemy. I have taken a few of their courses now and I am pleased with the value for the price. Still watch Lynda.com courses on a regular basis also (and they are the most valuable for my professional needs). Just recently found another course [from Harvard] that you may want to investigateĀ on bits!

Happy coding!