Arg! Bitten!

Two things I realized that have almost certainly thrown off my ability to complete all the work I committed to for this iteration:

1. I’m doing a course on Thursday and Friday that I completely forgot about thus lowering my capacity by at least 28%!
2. I discovered that my “Save a Spot” feature on my agile course signup page was broken.

There are consequences to these things! Read on for a little treat…

First of all, I seriously doubt that I will complete everything I committed to in this iteration. That’s not the end of the world, but it could be better. I have made some really good progress on lots of them so there is still a slim chance I will make it. One really good piece of news there is that I found out that Selenium can be used to automate remote web sites. This of course means that it should be a fairly simple matter for me to whip up a Java thick client app to submit new courses to my listing sites of interest. “Whip up” being the big spot with a question mark as to level of effort. I haven’t done Java GUI development for quite a long time!

The second problem had dual consequences. First, it ate up a bunch of my time figuring out what was wrong and fixing it. PHP is okay, but combine it with AJAX stuff and debugging becomes a real pain in the arse. Let’s just say I used a lot of JavaScript alert() boxes! I don’t do enough of this type of development to bother figuring out how to do better debugging…. or (shudder) test-driven development. I know there are XUnit frameworks out there for JavaScript, HTML, HTTP and PHP, and the aforementioned Selenium is a great functional testing tool, but learning at least 3 or 4 XUnit frameworks for this really simple stuff I’m doing, just doesn’t seem worth it. On the other hand, given that my “Save a Spot” feature has been unavailable for at least 3 weeks, it could have cost me literally many thousands of dollars !!!

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