Over 60 Scala programming tutorials

Just a quick note today that I passed a little milestone on the devdaily site over the weekend. I now have over sixty Scala tutorials in my Scala programming tutorials/cookbook series.

Running ScalaTest unit tests in Eclipse

I do a lot of work from the command line with Ant builds and similar things, but there are times I like to do things through Eclipse. Today I wanted to run my ScalaTest unit tests in Eclipse, and found this to be a straightforward task.

Besides Scala, Eclipse, and an Eclipse project, you'll need:

Building Android apps

I haven't written much here lately because I've been very busy developing some new Android applications ("apps"). It takes time to write a really good app, but hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be able to share the apps I've written, either in the Android Marketplace ("Play") store, or some other way.

Drupal nonprofit training and websites (Boulder, Colorado)

As you can tell from my blog and my other websites, I'm a Drupal developer and website integrator. What you may not know is that I'm also opening a nonprofit organization, and as I go down this road, I have a special place in my heart for nonprofit organizations.

As a result, if you're a nonprofit organization in the Boulder, Colorado area, I'll be glad to try to help you. I can provide free or low-cost Drupal training, and I can try to provide low-cost Drupal websites (though I need to think about how to do this second part in a way that will make both you and I very happy).

Building Drupal websites with the CCK and Views modules

I just launched my new Drupal website, How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary. A cool thing about this site is that the Charities and Businesses portions of the website were created almost entirely without programming.

Before reading any more of this article, take a look at the Charities page on that site, then come back to this article ...

My new book: How I Sold My Business

March, 2012: My new book, How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary, is now available on As its name implies, the book is about the process I went through in selling my small company, and it's written in a diary format.

Big data datasets (large dataset examples)

When you first start working with MapReduce, Hadoop, mongoDB, or any other NoSQL approach, you might need some good sample big data data sets. Fortunately those are pretty easy to find these days.

As I worked through some Hadoop and MongoDB tutorials last year, I made notes of the big data datasets I kept encountering, and jotted down their URLs. I just ran across my notes again, and thought I'd share the information.

A Simple Hadoop MapReduce tutorial/example

When you first start working with Hadoop -- or try to start working with it -- you'll find that it's hard to find a good Hadoop MapReduce tutorial. In fact, the only one I've found that properly explains Hadoop is this this Yahoo tutorial.

Android SQLite tip - default datetime to now

Android SQLite FAQ: How do I default a SQLite datetime field to the current time, i.e., now?

Just use the SQLite "default current_timestamp" syntax, as shown in bold here:

create table projects (
  _id integer primary key autoincrement,
  name text not null,
  description text,
  date_created datetime default current_timestamp

If you create your table like that, then insert a sample record into the table like this:

Valley Programming, open for business in Colorado

It's February 1, 2012, and Valley Programming is now open for business in the Boulder, Colorado area. All of the legal business startup paperwork has been filed, and now I'll start getting all the other things together, including business cards, stationery, etc.


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