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John Boardman

John Boardman

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John is a Sr. Keyhole Consultant with 20+ years of experience in C, C++, Java, and IoT enterprise software design and development. Also currently writing a multi-platform, multi-user game in Unity3d (and server in Java) and have written custom graphical game engine clients in C and C++ on several platforms.

Progressive Web App Tips and Tricks

John Boardman CSS & HTML, HTML5, Problem Solving Leave a Comment

PWA (Progressive Web App) is a powerful solution to multiple problems. Prior to PWA, there were some browser-specific implementations to some of the problems solved by PWA, but PWA is much more elegant while solving more problems at the same time.

In this post, we’ll cover the problems PWA was created to solve, some of the solutions PWA replaced, tools that make PWA development faster and more flexible, and tips to get the most out of PWA development.

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Life as a Software Consultant

John Boardman Business, Consulting, Keyhole, Opinion, Other Leave a Comment

I’ve been in the field of programming professionally since 1990. I started out as a corporate employee for 14 years, then as a consultant, back to an employee, and finally settled with consulting. In both positions, I’ve worked with small, medium, large, and huge Fortune 50 corporations. There are many similarities between being an employee and a consultant, but there are also some significant differences.

In this blog, I’ll explore what life has been like in each role and hopefully give some perspective to others who might just be starting out. Keep in mind when I write “employee,” I am specifically targeting programmers.

Building Applications Using the backbone.khs Framework Extension

John Boardman BackboneJS, JavaScript, Node, Technology Snapshot Leave a Comment

Backbone is a very powerful application development framework. However, it can be a little “close to the metal” in terms of how much work is needed to produce a working application with it. I see Backbone as a low level framework that could use some help in making it a bit easier and faster to use.

Keyhole has released an extension to help! The backbone.khs framework extension npm module (available by clicking the link) does its best to minimize the work necessary to get a Backbone application up and running.

The extension makes it easier to deal with:
• browser history
• root level non-Model Object implementation
• caching
• session support
• regions (which break pages up into more workable segments)
• a top-level Application object to manage the application
• modules to help with page and URL routing
• a Backbone View extension to seamlessly integrate Backbone Stickit and make Marionette templates easier
• a Collection View to enhance working with groups of items.

In this blog, I’ll describe these enhancements with some code examples…

Whirlpool: Microservices Using Netty And Kafka

John Boardman Java, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial 2 Comments

Introduction Update! Whirlpool now uses the “just released” Netty version 4.1.3. The great news about this is the upgrade required zero code changes, just update the pom and rebuild! In my last blog, I introduced Netty being used as a web server. That example worked well… as long as a broadcast server is what was needed. Most of the time …

Netty: A Different Kind of Web(Socket) Server

John Boardman Java, Technology Snapshot 9 Comments

Netty is used today in all kinds of applications, all over the Internet, to handle thousands (if not millions) of chat conversations, multiplayer games including Minecraft, Twitter, and many other applications. However, it hasn’t made it very far into the mindshare of enterprise programmers developing business applications. I believe that Netty can introduce a new wave of functionality that other solutions …