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+(note: this was from my stint on Wednesday, July 7th at 8th Light)
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For Day 2 of my stint at 8th Light, [Skim](http://twitter.com/skim "") and I came in early enough to find a relatively empty office. I paired with Skim on an app he has been building as part of his apprenticeship at 8th Light. All apprenticeships have to complete several projects during there time, with their mentor (a craftsman at 8th Light) acting as the product owner.
Steve's application is a Tic-Tac-Toe game built in Ruby, which had the additional twist of having both a console UI and a [Limelight](http://limelight.8thlight.com/main/sparkle) UI. Limelight is a UI framework built in JRuby by the 8th Light guys, and I can definitely see myself reaching for it the next time I need to built a cross-platform rich UI.
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+(note: this was from my [Craftsmanship swap](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_craftsmanship) Thursday, July 8th at 8th Light)
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+My last day of the craftsmanship swap at 8th Light was on Thursday. Doug and I paired more on the DRb/DRbFire fix that we had been discussing and working towards on Wednesday. The fixes can be found in [Doug's fork](http://github.com/dougbradbury/drbfire/commits/master/) of DRbFire.
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+The actual code changes resulting from our deep dive into DRb were pretty simple in the end. The hard part was the learning. We had to have enough understanding of everything in place, which made the code changes self-evident. I find with most domains, both technical and business related, this is so often the case -- the solution presents itself once you've learned what you need to know.
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+For lunch on the last day, I gave a draft version of my talk for [DevNation](http://devnation.us/events/10). Got some great feedback and questions, and overall it went well. Post-lunch I was pairing with Doug until it was time for goodbyes and more travel.
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+Anyways, the 8th Light office has some very unique opportunities for reflection. For example, I took advantage of the in-office hammock for an afternoon break:
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+8th Light also has an in-office treadmill that you can use while coding. I tried it for a little while, and its a great break from the monotony and inactivity of sitting all day. Doug setup an adjustable desk over the treadmill, and also wired up the treadmill interface to a LimeLight based GUI. Treadmill based hacking is something I would love to have at the Relevance office.
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+Overall, the 8th Light guys are great, talented bunch. Their [apprenticeship program](http://8thlight.com/main/about_description?sub_action=apprenticeship) is a great model to follow for how to train young developers, and I plan on following up on quite a few things I've learned from the swap. Thanks for 8th Light for having me as a guest, and to Relevance for helping make this happen.
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-* uses skype for all its standup calls
-* awesome customer support / communication with QA team
- * customer writing acceptance tests -- yay!
-* began deep drive into DRb w/ Doug
-* paired with Skim in the morning
-* lunch at delicious Thai Gourmet
-* dinner with Micah + family and Skim
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+<a href="http://twitter.com/mpodrazik/status/18195173208">![alt text](http://img.skitch.com/20100710-e89yktn3u5ddn97y1ynn621bp5.jpg "Title")</a>
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+This nails it. I'm a fairly happy Iphone 3G owner, but even before upgrading to iOS 4 the performance was becoming horrendous. We are talking three or four seconds to do things or get a keyboard to enter input. After the iOS 4 upgrade, it seems to have gotten even worse.
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+The iPhone experience for me is still as close to magic as technology can come these days. I'm a pretty happy owner of the iPhone 3G, though lately the speed and responsiveness of the interface has been pretty much horrendous. Even before the iOS 4 update, it was getting bad -- 3 or 4 seconds to change apps or to have the UI bring up the keyboard for input.
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