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ADDIE vs. SAM or, why I don't work well on Waterfalls

Yesterday I finally turned over what my latest web based class. A module was left off due to a dead laptop, a funeral, and massive illness eating 2 weeks of dev time. If my job had faster iterations per class it wouldn't be so annoying to leave off a module. I'd simply tell myself that I'd get back to it in the next iteration. Unfortunately, there are often months or years between course updates due to the time involved in producing an update as well as shifting corporate priorities. I would my current workplace stuck in an ADDIE process, but that's not quite true.

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Work Journal for April 28th, 2014

The last week did not go well. In fact, it went just terribly.

Monday the bat people showed up and sealed up the house. That was great except the bill. I knew that was coming, but it still stung and trashed the finances for the next month. I had to pull cash out of savings. 

Tuesday was the funeral for Marion's Dad. I was out for only a few hours, but I was able to make a good dent in polishing the modules and generally moving things forward.

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The Perplexing Book

Sitting through a coffee shop, watching a tiny child page through a large picture book. 

It's the kind of book that seems more common place today than it did when I was little. From the cover, it's aimed at establishing or raising a child's self-esteem in a world that too often, wants to tear everyone down. 

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Work Journal for March 20th, 2014

Not sure what my mental block is this morning. The only thing that keeps popping up is my profound dislike for this product. It's a clumsy way of managing integrations that could just as easily be done with a proper programming language and a well tuned application server. I suppose the same could be said about WebSphere Message Broker, but that tied in to MQ so easily and so well that it simply seemed easier to use. Orchestrator just...bothers me. 

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Work Journal for March 19th, 2014

It's hard to keep working when your laptop can't manage to type a single sentence without hanging for minutes on end. 

On my bad days (which have been increasingly often given stress, fatigue, and disinterest), I can barely manage to write more than a sentence at a time myself. When I want to work, and can't because my system is acting up, it's very frustrating. Worse, I cannot transfer the documents to any other system I have because they require such a specifically licensed toolkit that there's nothing else I can do. So instead I sit here being unproductive. 

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Drupal 8 Cookbook: Creating an Empty Module

While there are many changes in Drupal 8, Drupal still relies on modules. Drupal 8 needs modules -- and you! -- to provide additional functionality not provided by core. Creating a module in Drupal 8 isn’t very different from earlier versions, although some of the names and places have changed.

Read more on the cookbook page!

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Work Journal for 2014.1.16

With the custom course for Customer H on hold, I'm back to working on AO. 

AO is a product that has earned a particular amount of ire from me. It's poorly maintained, buggy, and outright weird when it comes to what it is trying to accomplish. I could go on a long tirade about it (and have, but I accidentally closed the editor without saving), but there's little point. In the end, it's a product I care very little about. 


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