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Entries for month: November 2013

Test::WWW::Mechanize

November 21, 2013 · No Comments

Discovered a bug in Test::WWW::Mechanize, at least using the Catalyst framework.

ok($mech->put(),"returns true, though the RESTful PUT fails!");
$mech->put_ok($put, "returns false, though the RESTful PUT succeeds!?");

This bug really degrades the quality of TAP as any subsequent tests within a subtest are skipped on failure. Futher, the $mech->put() failure proscribes a work-around. More research for me, for sure.

No CommentsTags: Development · Perl · Testing

Ruth

November 21, 2013 · No Comments

Distressing news from Charlotte: my mother Ruth is in hospice after a horrendously painful bout of cellulitis. Someone who have lived so long and generously does not deserve such suffering. We hope her time with us will be at least comfortable. When I last spoke to her, she sounded weak but lucid, surrounded by Leah, my sister, and her spouse, Terri. We are thankful for that and for them to comfort and support her.

It is a time to reflect on the breadth of her life. She was born in 1911. She remembers the influenza epidemic of 1918 that took her brother Ignaz's life aboard a troop ship returning from Europe's battle field. She remembers the depression, when her father Max lost 'the jewelry store', and World War II, Korea, Vietnam...so many wars.

She spent 50 years as secretary to our local temple. Judaism was always the focal point of our family. She raised three sons and a daughter, all of whom, a bit battered and worse for wear, will survive her.

One hundred two years.

 

No CommentsTags: Personal

A Conservative Alternative to ObamaCare. Really?

November 16, 2013 · No Comments

Ponuru and Levin bemoan the lack of an Republican Conservative alternative to the Affordable Care Act. "To avoid a lurch to the left if the current law fails, the time is right to present sensible, market-oriented reforms."

On Morning Joe, where JS never fails to miss the point, Scarborough remains depressingly consistent by insisting just how much better Repubs would do in '14 if they just presented a plausible alternative to ObamaCare.

Let's consider the Ryan plan, the GOP's flagship alternative. It would roll back all of the ACA's benefits and would allow insurance companies to incorporate in states with the lowest regulatory standards. Though it claims to allow persons with pre-existing conditions to enroll and dis-allow recision (gee, maybe the ACA is not so bad afterall), it says nothing about the process or financing that would support such features. In short, the Republican plan would leave the country worse off even without the implementation of ObamaCare. Like most of Paul Ryan's policy excresenses, it has crawled back into the Heritage Foundation's archives and out of the political spotlight.

But that's not the point. There will never be a credible Republican alternative for universal health care.

It's very clear that the GOP doesn't believe that the government has a role in seeing after the health of ordinary Americans. It doesn't believe that the welfare of the elderly, the very young, the poverty-stricken, the working stiff should be a national concern. 

The Republicans do not believe in Medicare, in Social Security in Food Stamps. If you ain't got the bucks, if you must deal with adversity, tough luck, too bad.

Universal Health Care? You must be kidding.

No CommentsTags: Politics

New OS, new language, new frameworks

November 16, 2013 · No Comments

Moved over to USDA/NASS (National Agricultural Statistical Services) from HHS/ASPE. From warm and fuzzy to hardcore development.

All at once I move from Windows (yeah!) to UNIX (cool) while learning PERL and the Catalyst restful framework. Its been three weeks of head-stuffing and often frustrating development. I fell exhausted at the end of every day.

I'm in a bullpen with a guru and two other developers, under the gun because of some supervisor's paranoia. The team seems confident of coming through on time; me, I have no idea.

I find my own task quite frustrating. When my tests fail I must determine whether my code is at fault, if the test is deprecated or if the test is dead in the water. The last I discovered after hours of trying Friday. I seems that a RESTful request by a test - as opposed to an HTTP request - fails authentication. Our geeks were unable to come up with a solution. Back to the forums and newsnets.

I just wish I could be more productive.

UNIX rocks! I've always been on Windows (I write this on Win8 from home) and a mouser. Now, using Ubuntu, terminal windows and Vim, I gotta keep the hands at home and away from the arrow keys. That education is coming along well, however, slowly. It takes time to develope muscle memory (and fix bad typing practices from years of using the dreaded mouse).

Especially using Vim, I still have to think. There are times I really get lost, inronically, when I complete a command automatically - :q! - without thinking, then try to remember what I've done!

So, just a ton of stuff to learn. I really hope I get a handle on all this soon.

No CommentsTags: Development