147: Geek Life

For the five months that I’ve been working for a software development company while sitting out my accumulated overloads from Ateneo, today is the first day that this new reality has sunk in. This is what it’s going to feel like for the next few months, where I’ll be concentrating on just code and frameworks.

In a way it’s daunting. I’m a little too old to be doing enterprise software development, especially on a tight schedule. My eyes aren’t as good and my mind isn’t as quick. I tend to forget things a lot. But then again, maybe this is just one part of my brain that I haven’t really been exercising a lot, hence the creaks and pains.

So what did I do today? I figured out how to work Automaton, a GUI front end testing framework for Java FX. It was a cool bit of magic to see how it automatically worked the application, pressing the buttons and filling in fields based on the script I wrote. My young colleagues were sufficiently impressed. Then back to a couple of minor ongoing issues: printers and Maven builds. Later in the evening, I wrote a Python script to work around a problem.

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Dom Cimafranca

Teacher, writer, project manager, and all-around nice guy.