Edward Oliver Greer

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Wednesday 18 May 2016

Development, Walking

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Not your ordinary blog post

This morning I found myself at a loss for what to write today. This afternoon I found myself with a bit of free time to spare between projects. So I built myself some widgets.

You may have noticed that a new tab has appeared in the menu. You may also notice that a lot of my blog posts are about walks Soph and I have done. So I thought to myself, what would be a really nice way to visually show how far we have walked on various trails. So I built myself a little widget that will render me a progress bar. It’s pretty bog standard and my code is far from pretty but I hadn’t built a widget for a long time so it was a good way to refresh and test my skills.

Uncle Bob, of Clean Coders fame, tells us that part of being an Agile developer is practicing at home away from your work environment. As someone who now works from home, that is a bit strange to say as I don’t quite escape; but you get the drift. This was my practice session for the week and I feel so much better for it.

So, back to the walking widget. What does it show you? Well, not that much. I might add links to blog posts at some point or even make it show progress in kilometres rather than just the stages which are often irregular (the LOOP for example has much shorter stages in it’s northern half than it’s southern), but for now it is just a very nice visualisation of how far we have walked and just how far we still have to go.

Progress Bars

Edd

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