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The Canadian Tech Industry

Written 2015-11-21 by Len Payne in Week Links

This week I’d like to focus on the state of the industry in Canadian Tech. A small group of us from the Cube went to the Canadian Innovation Exchange this past week and it got me to thinking that I’d like to do a little who’s who and what’s what.

Canadian Companies Doing Very Well

Jekyll Capitalize Categories

Written 2015-11-15 by Len Payne in Learning

I just wasted two hours solving a problem caused by throwing away good information.

Jekyll has a site.categories collection that keeps a list of all categories on a site. As it should. For some crazy reason, though, that list throws away case formatting. For example, a category called “My Category” would be stored as “my category” in site.categories.

I iterate over site.categories to build my navigation menu, so I wanted that case-sensitivity back. I found a hack that works. Keep reading to see my solution.

Brainstorming a Plan

Written 2015-11-03 by Len Payne in Learning

I’m going to use this as a bit of a stream-of-consciousness post that will wrap around and collect some of my more useful meanderings into semi-coherent plans.

In short: I’m trying to practice logging/journalling. It’s been a while.

The biggest directions I want to go in are: reading, writing, and video production.

It’s not quite the 3 Rs, but it’s where my head is going these days and I want to follow my brain. Feel free to follow along.

Relaunched My Website

Written 2015-10-22 by Len Payne in Learning

Welcome to the new and improved Because this is theoretically easier to maintain and update, I will hopefully be updating the site more often. Why is it easier to maintain? Most of that has to do with GitHub Pages and Jekyll. While I still love the MEAN stack, a static site generator is much easier to use.

Out With the Old

My previous site was based on the MEAN stack (Mongo, Express, Angular, and Node). It was a great learning experience and gave me an opportunity to practice things that have helped immensely in my professional career both in the classroom and outside of it.

However, it was still a database-backed dynamic site that wasn’t very dynamic.