Web & Software Application Development Blogs

Blogs and articles about web and application development. As a full stack developer I talk about everything from Operating Systems, Databases, Version Management, Backend server side code where the business logic is implemented, front end user interface (UI) and User Experience (UX), testing, deployment, requirements analysis, change management and service delivery.

Recommended essential WordPress Plugins

I'll be updating this blog post from time to time with my list of essential Wordpress Plugin's. These are the plugins that I find myself using time and time again on different sites because they are reliable. Divi Builder from Elegant Themes See...

Teach yourself to code (or teach your kids to code).

Teach yourself to code (or teach your kids to code).

From time to time I share interesting infographics that I spot on social media. I spotted this one earlier and though it was quite good. I'd certainly endorse the idea of learning Python, Javascript, Ruby and Java. I'd also recommend trying Scratch if you are brand...

How to get access to the raw XML when processing XML in Java

I've always felt that XML processing in Java is overly complex. Surely something that so many business applications need to do on a regular basis should be simpler and easier by now. Recently I needed to get access to the raw XML being retrieved in this case from an...

How to improve MySQL 5.7 Performance

How to improve MySQL 5.7 Performance

We upgraded to MySQL 5.7 and have had numerous problems with performance. We upgraded because we needed the new support for fractional timestamps but we've since learnt that this functionality has been ported back to MySQL v5.6.35.  So in some situations the best way...