Integrated Development Environments for New Developers

An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. An IDE normally consists of a source code editor, build automation tools and a debugger. Most modern IDEs have intelligent code completion. – Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

IDEs, or Integrated Development Environments are productivity environments designed to maximize the software developer’s productivity.  Collections of software development utilities are bundled into a cohesive unit to reduce the time needed to configure multiple development utilities. Continue reading Integrated Development Environments for New Developers

Review of ‘Ruby on Rails Tutorial’ by Michael Hartl

“The purpose of this book is to teach you how to develop custom web applications, and our tool of choice is the popular Ruby on Rails web framework.” – Michael Hartl, Ruby on Rails Tutorial, Learn Web Development with Rails (3rd ED.)

Hartl’s tutorial for new Ruby on Rails developers is the definitive “go-to” resource for those who want to learn Ruby on Rails. If you are new to Rails, this tutorial “will teach you the essentials of the Ruby framework”.  If you are a developer, new to Rails, this may be the best tutorial available. Continue reading Review of ‘Ruby on Rails Tutorial’ by Michael Hartl

Transformation on the Trails of Nepal

“Behind the Panorama Inn Lodge, you can admire Khumbila or Khumbi Yul Lha (5,761 mt) which can seem modest if compared to the higher peaks around. Instead, it is of great religious value for the Sherpas as it is considered the home of the Gods that protect the Khumbu valley. This is the reason why it has never been climbed.” – Panorama Inn Lodge

Khumjung MonasteryIt has been eighteen months since I made what was for me a trip of a lifetime to Nepal.  The experience of going back and looking at the photographs of that time and that place remind me why it is important to step away from the comforts of home, to step into the unknown, and to really experience life as others experience it, if only for the moment. Continue reading Transformation on the Trails of Nepal

Taking Care of Business in Namche Bazaar

“In the bazaar, the search for information one lacks and the protection of the information that one has is the name of the game.” – Clifford 300Namche_from_teahouseGeertz, 1978. “The Bazaar Economy: Information and Search in Peasant Marketing.

The trek to Namche Bazaar from Phakding had been grueling and exhilarating at the same time.  My enthusiasm faded a bit when my guide pulled me aside at the top of a long ascent, and said, “I just got a phone call from the tour operator.  The banks in Kathmandu will not cash your traveler’s cheques.” Continue reading Taking Care of Business in Namche Bazaar

The Journey Begins on the Trails of Nepal

2014_09260259“He used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,’ he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

The Trails of Nepal, music by the Iambic Dream Project on Identity Crisis

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Landing in Lukla – World’s Most Dangerous Airport

640px-Lukla_Airport_April_2010” When the iron eagle flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered over the earth and the Dhamma will go to the land of the red man”– Padmasambhava [1]

Landing at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal was a mind blowing experience. I was taking that first single step in purging my mind and body of corporate burnout. I needed to be here. Continue reading Landing in Lukla – World’s Most Dangerous Airport

The Ancient City of Bhaktapur

2014_09260017_1024“It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.” – Thich Nhat Han


The city of Bhaktapur is the ancient home of Newar people within what is known as the Nepal Mandala, or the Kathmandu Valley. Newari royalty built a city over the centuries known for beautiful temples and culturally unique architecture. Bhaktapur  is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue reading The Ancient City of Bhaktapur

Kathmandu | 2016 Nepal Series

“That’s why I’m going to Katmandu, up to the mountain’s where I’m going to, and if I ever get out of here, that’s what I’m gonna do.” – Bob Seger


I was strung-out from the long journey to Nepal. Traveling from Chicago, I passed through the airport in Qatar. The Qatar airlines flight from Chicago was fairly comfortable. The last leg of the journey from Qatar to Kathmandu was a different story. Continue reading Kathmandu | 2016 Nepal Series