Error logging with Raygun and a free t-shirt

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GET SHIT DONE

GET SHIT DONE

Politely worded motivational poster which now adorns the wall above my desk

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June 20, 2013 · 2:51 am

Sad Keanu is sad.

Sad Keanu is sad, because it’s been ages since I’ve blogged about my progress with learning to code.

Sad Keanu is also sad because there is often no coffee to aid coding

Sad Keanu is also sad because there is often no coffee to aid coding

I have indeed been working my way through the html, JavaScript and basic web tracks on codecademy.com over the past few months. But as a learning addict, among the other hobbies that keep me busy (learning espanol, reading maths books for funsies, resting in child’s pose, playing musical keyboards and travelling to Espana!) I haven’t found much time to post about my progress.

Also, Sad Keanu has been taking up much of my attentions, no matter how many tiny sandwiches I prepare for him in the hopes he will be cheered.

Sad Keanu, y u no eat my sand witches!?

Sad Keanu, y u no eat my sand witches!?

Oh yes, and there is something else that’s been occupying space in my noggin and killing my time, and that thing is a Raygun.

A raygun!? What the f...alefel?

A raygun!? What the f…alefel?

If I were you, I’d be thinking, what are you talking about, Willis? I shall explain. Put that coffee down!

Raygun.io is the newest product from Mindscape , and if you recall, this is the company for whom I work. As far as my understanding goes (and as you know, when it comes to things of a technical nature, I have the understanding of a gnat. Actually, that is uncalled for. Gnats could be very adept in the area of technology), Raygun is awesome for tracking, reporting and annihilating software errors.

So when whispers of rayguns and exception handling began to fly around the office (or rather, be sent electronically via IMs and magic) – I was somewhat confused about why exceptional things needed so much handling, and  what the hell a stack trace was. It just made me think of stacks of pancakes. And now I want pancakes. Jesus.

So, I decided one evening after beverages of happiness had been consumed (it was beer), that my new goal would be to carry on with Codecademy until I was proficient enough to build my own basic web app, and integrate Raygun into it so that I too, could throw an error.

But then when said drinks of happiness had worn off, I realised that such a task would be a slight challenge for me, known fearer of websites.

No, one does not.

No, one does not.

I realised that now it wasn’t just a case of working my way through Codecademy’s modules, and then feeling all happy and shiny when I got a new ‘I can do basic html’ badge – but that I actually needed to make a real, working app. That people might look at.

Where should one start on such a task!? I’ve grasped the basics of making a static webpage, but actually making it perform actions is beyond me. How do I code all the things!? What was your first app? How did you get started with coding? Leave your  comments below and make a girl feel better.

I want for this to not be a lie:

It looks like I know how to use it! Photo lies!

It looks like I know how to use it! Photo lies!

New challenge, accepted.

Word to ya mother. Hilldawg out.

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Nick Josevski

A nice coincidence a few weeks was the news of Raygun going in to public beta crossing my radar.

At the time we were fine tuning some things in an application that was in a private beta, we had put a little effort in to ensure that we would get reliable results about errors that happened to the users, but at that point we were just storing the details in a database table.

Background

We were capturing 3 levels of errors in the application.
– Client-side (JavaScript)
– Web Tier (ASP.NET MVC / WebApi)
– Back-end (Topshelf hosted services)

Any client side error would be captured, and sent to the Web Tier, Web Tier forwards that and it’s own errors on to the back end where they would be persisted with low overhead. In a previous post I have covered this approach.

But to get from entries stored in…

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Raygun T-shirts are cool and stuff :-)

Raygun T-shirts are cool and stuff :-)

Click this photo of me in all my Raygun glory to find out how to get your own Raygun.io T-shirt!

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March 6, 2013 · 1:14 am

Damn Straight.

Damn Straight.

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February 8, 2013 · 8:38 pm

My friend Siobhan blogged about the various ways of decorating ginger bread men. A ‘tribute’ to gingerbread men, if you will. Note: Jareth the Goblin King, The Ginger Beard Men and the Caveman with Nipples were made by moi 😉

Lists, lessons and lovely things

I think the draw card for gingerbread men is that you get to play with your food. You can team the biscuits to any theme, and the decoration process is fun for all ages.

Today’s post is a tribute to gingerbread men, with a collection of fun gingery photos.

 

This is one of my favourites, made by my friend Hilary. We love David Bowie, so this seemed like a natural choice for decoration.

My sisters,  needing to keep out of the sun while living in Dubai, thought an ‘Around the World’ theme would be a good idea. I think they were right.

Why not make your workmates? For Conservation Week I decorated New Zealand native species, and made little DOC rangers.

My friend started out decorating her dad, who has a ginger beard. She ended up making a whole heap of ginger beard gingerbread men!

Last, and probably least…

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