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A really good talk by Pamela Fox on upgrading Bootstrap, the “gotchas” she encountered, and suggestions for new best practices to avoid some of the pitfalls she experienced.

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Database Design for N00bs

One side project I’m working on right now has become an interesting balance of “just build it!” and “do it right”. I’ve heard too many stories of people rushing into development without thinking through the design, or getting paralyzed by the research and design, and never reaching development.

I think the approach we’re taking is the right one. We mapped out our current needs (and jotted down notes on for the future wish list) last night, and I spent the rest of the evening thinking through the database table layout. Some quick feedback from some friends who know database design and development for a gut check from them, and I think we might be done with it now.

Rather than be paralyzed by indecision or trying to get it perfect, I spent more or less 6 hours researching and doing the design. Better than no design, and better than spending days or weeks on design. The most important thing: it should scale just fine if we add users or features.

With that said, here are some of the database design articles I read or skimmed as a part of my design process. While I have some experience with databases and tables, I should note that I have never designed one myself… till now!

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Where to start? The short of it: I’m back on the west coast (the Bay Area, specifically), still finishing up my degree (remotely), working full-time, and kind of experiencing life at a breakneck pace these days. For right now I’m back in research and looking to move more towards tech once again (it pays the bills a lot better than nonprofits), and consequently have been learning Python and Ruby on my own. Y’know, just ‘cause I don’t have enough other stuff going on in my life.
While I’ve been pretty neglectful of my other blogs, I’m hoping to start writing more now that we’ve kind of settled in to our new place and we’re no longer living out of our suitcases. There might or might not be some trips planned in the future, so I might even get a chance to update Adventures of a Nomad & Vagabond.
I certainly miss New York and my friends there, but I’m also really happy and excited to be where I am right now. After all, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.

Where to start? The short of it: I’m back on the west coast (the Bay Area, specifically), still finishing up my degree (remotely), working full-time, and kind of experiencing life at a breakneck pace these days. For right now I’m back in research and looking to move more towards tech once again (it pays the bills a lot better than nonprofits), and consequently have been learning Python and Ruby on my own. Y’know, just ‘cause I don’t have enough other stuff going on in my life.

While I’ve been pretty neglectful of my other blogs, I’m hoping to start writing more now that we’ve kind of settled in to our new place and we’re no longer living out of our suitcases. There might or might not be some trips planned in the future, so I might even get a chance to update Adventures of a Nomad & Vagabond.

I certainly miss New York and my friends there, but I’m also really happy and excited to be where I am right now. After all, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.

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