I’m speaking at Iowa Code Camp Fall 2015

I’m excited to announce I will be speaking at Iowa Code Camp on December 5th in Ankeny, Iowa on Responsible Responsive Web Design.

I’ll be discussing how you can design a website responsibly and delivery a consistent user experience to users on small and large screen devices. I’ll also talk about how to decrease your website’s page size quickly and effectively to make your website load fast even on the slowest of connections. We’ll also cover using the newest HTML specifications even on browsers that do not have native support.

Opening/Editing Sharepoint documents in Chrome

If you’re like most people you don’t use Internet Explorer for any of your web browsing needs unless you’re required to. Thankfully most websites are compatible with most browsers and those instances are few and far between. If you use Sharepoint though, you know most activities function much better when you use Internet Explorer and some functionality is not available.

For example if you want to edit a document clicking the EDIT button gives you an error saying it cannot find the appropriate program to edit with. Thankfully I stumbled across an “edit in browser” option. When viewing a document click on the “…” which brings up a pop up. From there click on “…” again and you will see an Edit in Browser option. Not all functionality is available when you do this, but for most quick edits this will work excellent.

EditSharepointDocumentInChrome

Increasing heap size for a Grails application

I had been running into a lot of issues with Grails running out of heap space on my computer and finally found a solution. In the Grails command line documentation is mentions you can set a maximum heap space when you run grails through the command line. I would keep forgetting to set this and have to restart the app.

export GRAILS_OPTS="-XX:PermSize=128m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m -Xms256m -Xmx512m"
grails run-app

I knew that had to be an easier way, so I created an Environment Variable called GRAILS_OPTS and set the value to

-XX:PermSize=128m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m -Xms256m -Xmx512m -server

Now these settings are used anytime I run grails.