The Jakarta Post App on Firefox OS

Yesterday, I’ve seen this post from one of our good friends who also a former Mozilla Representative in Indonesia, Benny Chandra. The talk between The Jakarta Post Digital CEO, Budi Putra, and him about making an app for Firefox OS started from a simple thing: discussion over a cup of coffee.

I haven’t get the full story yet on that but Budi Putra have told me to start including Firefox OS App in our timeline (and I’m still curious about the full story, ahem..)

And our warrior including infantry, cavalry, archer and… I mean, our software engineers bravely took that challenge.

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Rebooting

What

What do we know about rebooting?
It’s a mechanism we all–people who worked with computers everytime–familiar with.

According to to the Online Oxford Dictionaries, reboot means Line breaks.

The definition of reboot in English:
(With reference to a computer system) boot or be booted again.

Rebooting is also an act of booting a computer system again.

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Define: Family

It’s been two years since I blogged about the new challenges and first official day at U Connectivity Services as a CTO. Today, with a mix feeling between sadness and excitement, I must say that I have to move to the next thing.
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On Blocking The Internet

Last night, I couldn’t access Reddit site. The weird thing was that I could access the landing page, http://reddit.com but couldn’t access categories under it. I’m using Bolt and to those of you surfing through other ISPs, you might or might not get the same result as I am.

This reminds me of recent action from Kominfo ministry, Tifatul Sembiring who’s blocking Vimeo from the Indonesian users. So, let’s talk a bit about this blocking thingy.
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How I "Defeated" Jakarta’s Traffic Jam

Usually, I never complained about Jakarta’s traffic jam. Not before I moved to a new office and new house. Right now, I have to travel around 30km to go to the office (so it doubled to 60km to go back and forth). It was fun driving that long before the traffic jam get worse and worse (and the worst yet to come). So, this is how I play “cat and mouse” with the traffic jam.

Jakarta’s traffic jam is probably one of the worst things happened to the people work and live in this city. No one could escape from it. While I realize that I couldn’t handle it, I try to handle myself to become better on how to avoid it. So here’s my personal analysis on the traffic jam that might occur throughout the day and how, later, I can avoid it and gain more productivity.

Please keep in mind that this is just for my own case and if you want to try it, make sure you’re OK with that. I’m not responsible for any effects that might occurs along with this ‘trick’ :)

Let’s start.

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The Joel Test in Real Life and How I Try to Get 12 Points

When I was assigned as a CTO, I was very excited. I think it’s time for me to brought the joy and delight of coding. So I wrote my plan ahead and I have a commitment to applied the Joel Test. It’s not an easy road though and in my one and a half year as a CTO, I will share how I have achieved more than a half of them.

It’s pretty easy to achieve all of them, 12 points, when you work for a company like Google, Facebook, Yahoo or even Microsoft (yes, Joel said that Microsoft always run at 12 full-time. Incredible!). When I was at Yahoo, people were really supportive and we always try to achieve perfection in building and crafting a software. It would be different if you work for a company where not all people understand about Software Craftmanship. It’s more difficult when you work for a company (or clients) who has a type of “yesterday is the deadline.” Those kind of companies (and probably clients?) didn’t understand about planning, priority and design. The Joel Test will help you, my friend, and me to be not only an ordinary developer, but also an outstanding developer who always ship the best crafting code ever written.

Let’s get started.

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How I Become More Productive in 2013

2013 is no more.

I’ve been struggling with too many distractions and interruptions that forced me to make a promise to revenge in the name of productivity. I’ve been doing one way or another to shake things up and counting the seconds on what I’ve done on my laptops.

Before I spit the things out that make me productive over the year, let’s admit some things that were truly distractions.

First and the most addictive one was Twitter. I’ve been struggling finding the way on how to make myself better at handling the Twitter’s stream but finally I found the way how to deal with such a hard-to-defeat distraction.

Second was email. I frequently found myself staring at Gmail more than often instead of doing something real. I do the fast-switching from Inbox, Spam, Trash, and labels such as android-dev, YouTube and Quora Weekly Digest just to see what’s new in it.

Anything else such as Facebook, Google+ and games on my tablet are distractions too, but not really disturbing since I rarely spent my time on those things. Fortunately, I don’t have any account (or maybe I just forgot the password and never logged back in) on Path, Instagram, and a bunch of me-too-chat-apps out there (however, I still stick with Google Hangout, Whatsapp, and Skype).

So, these are the things I’ve made throughout 2013 that made me more productive than ever:

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Random Name API: One Hour Weekend Project

It might be not completed yet (name it “beta”) but I hope it helps everyone who in needs to generate random names (which is not just practically generate random chars but also human-readable names).

URL:

http://random-name-api.herokuapp.com/api/v1/get_name/<nm>

where nm is the number of names to be generated (in integer).

Example:

http://random-name-api.herokuapp.com/api/v1/get_name/5

will generate 5 random names along with their gender (“M” indicates “male” and “F” indicates “female”).

The number of names is practically unlimited (in theory), but to keep the requests as efficient as possible (because I’m only using one dyno for the app), I’ve limited the number to 100 per request. However, you can use your script in any language to do the loop to get as many result as you want.

SSHMe, How I Manage and Connect to Many Servers

I’m not going to add another ‘me-too’ solution but if you wanted to know similar solutions, you can see here.

OK, here’s the situation.

I have many servers to maintain and connect to but every time I want to connect to one or two of those servers, I need to open my notes and type the username I have (along with the password) and the specific port, if any.

For example, I want to connect to machine A with IP 192.168.1.100 using root to specific port 12020. So here’s what I’m doing:

$ ssh -l root 192.168.1.100 -p 12020
[email protected]'s password:

Now, I also want to connect to machine B with with IP 192.168.1.120 using ‘ksetyadi’ to specific port 1224.

$ ssh -l ksetyadi 192.168.1.120 -p 1224
[email protected]'s password:

This is easy when I only have one or two servers but actually, I have more than 5, actually 12, servers to maintain and using the old way is not easy anymore. Not fun.

So, what is the fun way according to me?

I opened my favorite code editor and start making my life easier and fun again.

Without further ado, see the code on Github.

A Guide to Running Unit Test using PHPUnit on Yii Framework

Let me tell you something:

TDD doesn’t drive towards good design, it drives away towards bad design. If you know what good design is, the result is a better design – Nat Pryce

I want to share my experience in setting up unit test (and later integrate it in CI —Continuous Integration) on my development machine. Hope this will save your time, my fellow developers, without going through of all errors and warnings I was stuck with before.

Disclaimer
I’m not an expert on Yii even though I have years of experience in PHP. In fact, this is the first time I’m using Yii. In the real world where I live, work and play, I use CodeIgniter and CakePHP. In terms of TDD, I started using it almost 2 years ago (thanks to Yahoo!) and always using it in almost every projects including Android (Java) and Python.

FYI, I’m using MacBookPro with MAMP PRO (PHP 5.3.6) installed. It wouldn’t be too difficult for you if you use Linux since it’s a similar process. If you use Windows, well, then goodluck! ;)

Let’s get started.

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