but what... is it good for? 🎮

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Development of IoT Applications

Hello Internet. This is one of these rare and festive moments.

A new, admittedly rather short, blog post is happening. What is the occasion? There would have been some occasions for blog posts in the last couple of months. Be it my new Frontend and Core NodeJS Dev Job at Microtroncis, a company pushing the borders of technology around the hyped term "Internet of Things" and making it accessible for the general (dev) public. Or it could be about finishing my master programme which led to a thesis about "CORE ASPECTS OF EFFICIENT CROSS PLATFORM MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT - researched based upon a hybrid example application". Okok, pretty much a jawbreaker, but i am very proud. Or the fact that I again started caring more about my guitar, putting more time into old loved hobbies like gaming and sometimes streaming these games to TWITCH. More for my self than for anybody else, but why not. For 2021, I have planned to rework the Jelly prototype, maybe with some help from good ol Sebastian. And finally, this blog would need a redesign as well. It is not a very good thing that a Frontend Evangelist like myself uses a boring old Joomla Blog for himself because he was too lazy to work something better. But not without pride let me point out that this Joomla Blog gets a google page speed scoring of 97/100. Wich is insanely good for a php cms like joomla and a little secret what miracle work I did to make this happen.

Michael, stop babbeling, nobody cares. What is the reason for this spontaneous blog post? Yeaaah, I get asked on a regular basis, since I work at Microtronics "What is it you are doing?" or "How can i imagine the IoT?".

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majoring: web and mobile media design

It's Tuesday early afternoon. I just watched the c-tv keynote speakers at college. Now I am sitting in the park, writing this lines on my laptop. How is this possible? Easy. I'll start my major university course "Web and Mobile Media Design" at the Danube University Krems. Upcoming friday, I'll bid work goodbye and will spend a year on leave for further education. Until then, I am consuming my vacation days. Yes, you heard correctly. I am about to start my student days after 10+ years working in software development.

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yKeen: 13 easy, free and functional webdev toolchain elements in 2019

Webdevelopment is great. Webdevelopment is tiresome. Both statements are true. It is the best feeling to engage in so many different technologies, libraries, best practices, tools and the underlying toolchain. The knowledge to grasp and understand todays web technologies is awesome. Every major development has a vibrant, seething community behind them which have already answered most of the questions possible to arise, and if not, they sure enough have the answer within hours for you. On the other hand, developing for the web means a constant high stress level, staying up to date, replacing outdated libraries, build new toolchains bc the old api's broke and often times learn more core concepts (again). On top of this all is another "problem". There is not THE way of doing things or THE toolset to solve a problem, but a zillion. And every single one of them is better than every other, at least if you believe the communities on the backside. One could get a little bit nostalgic, thinking about times when jQuery was the only thing to know. The one and only true multitool and there were no (or not so many) questions about deployment, dependencies and task runner.

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Joomla: obituary notice

I can't help myself, but I got the strong feeling that something regarding the content management system Joomla changed over the last couple of years. And I do not mean the good kind of change. Ok, it is true. I may have overslept some changes. And I may have missed some major releases. But should there not have been more release to miss? Does Joomla have such long release cycles? Or switched the former very active community with its component- module- and template developers to another cms tool like Wordpress? At least the graphic a quick google lookup revealed, suggested so. Market share 2015 up until now: 60.7% Wordpress, 7% Joomla, after all, second place in front of Drupal and Blogger.

Yet there is this feeling of solitude, searching the web at 3am for components and modules from solely canceled and discontinued projects of former major players, not even compatible for the last major Joomla release. Abandoned and deserted project sites with last updates mid 2013. Therebetween, fee-based components, promising god and the world while not giving me the opportunity to test or try them beforehand. At least, there seems to be some artists around which are publishing their Wordpress templates for the big J too. (Source)

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