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NullPointerException - getInstrumentation().getContext()

March 11, 2015Category: Software
Here's a beginner mistake... The following code: Throws an exception: Attempt to invoke virtual method 'android.content.Context android.app.Instrumentation.getContext()' on a null object reference It took me some time to find out why: getInstrumentation() returns null in the constructor :) The…

Use a Java Enum with Strings

March 10, 2015Category: Software
In my project I wanted to log messages using predefined categories. Traditionally, I do it via classes (if the messages are specific to the functions provided by that class): or an interface (pretty much the same thing): These solutions are prone to errors (e.g. when performing copy-paste and…

My first proper job offer

March 4, 2015Categories: IT, Software
Well, this is a trip down the memory lane... My first offer was as a Software Design Engineer in Corvil . Yeah, they're still alive and going strong :) And here's the proof in the form of my Corvil job offer :) ps: Yeah, I know, the salary wasn't too interesting, but I was more idealistic at the…

Android Studio: Change the Cache Location

February 19, 2015Category: IT
Note: This is an updated article to reflect the stable release of AS. If you are looking for the old one, please see here . Android Studio (AS) creates a local directory .AndroidStudio to cache its own data. In most environments, this is acceptable. However, the size of the directory can easily…

Set Up a Local DNS with Synology DiskStation

February 18, 2015Category: IT
The last days I tried to set up a local DNS cache thing on my Synology, just to use up the CPU a bit more. Why? Because once the request is in the cache, it's much faster :) So, here is a simple tutorial to set up the DNS on your Synology box. Prerequisites There are, of course some prerequisites…

Planning Permission in Belgium

February 15, 2015Category: House
When you build something, you will need to get a planning permission (most likely). Here are some links I've found: Planning permission info (Dutch - translated) Getting a planning permission (notaire.be) Planning permission (belgium.be) Planning permission (NL) Belgium is a bit of an odd ball…

Interior Design Links

February 14, 2015Category: House
Here are some links for inspiration: Interior Design My House My Architect - a living show where owners open their houses to public and explain how they did it (Flemish) Cocoon - interior design (and not only) expo in Belgium Archiproducts (IT) - Design blog with many things (living room, kitchen…

Opinionated List of Bootstrap Resources

February 13, 2015Category: Software
Once in a while I need to write up HTML and CSS to put some pages out; usually in front of a Django site. To make things easier, I've been using bootstrap and ended up collecting a bunch of relevant links. Here they are... Easy design bootstrappingdesign.com - A design course to DIY (free…

What Do You Do - Business Analysis

February 12, 2015Category: Project Management
Here's a definition of what business analysis actually means: Analyse and evaluate the organisation’s working procedures, working methods and business processes Capture the needs of the Commission services of IT systems to support procedures, methods and processes Simple, eh? HTH,

What Do You Do - IT Support in Product Management

February 11, 2015Category: Project Management
IT support in product management does exactly what it says on the tin : Organise technical support to the product users. Provide second level support in (domain of competence) to Agency's IT teams Monitor the support services provided by external experts working in-house and by the product vendor…
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