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The Gem of the Pacific

Sometimes when you get some information on how good some food items or recipes are more likely or not it is either hype designed to make an initial sale or a local preference that your traveler’s palate might not take into liking or just plain BS.

However all this stuff is not true when you talk about a burger stand here in Palau which I would say is one of the best burgers I’ve tasted.  Another Filipino introduced me to a hamburger stand here in Palau and I can say I am hooked.

I don’t know what the secret is since the contents seems just the same old patty, veggies, tomatoes and sauces. This burger is so good that even after being in the fridge does not affect its taste and its flavor. Words won’t do justice to how it taste and I believe I don’t have the eloquence to describe the taste and flavor and juiciness.

Anyway when you’re in Palau look for a Bem Ermii stand and you will know what a real burger is.


August 30, 2008 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

Runescape Evolution

I am an avid Runescape ( player though I’ve stop for two year or probably more and one day decided to play again. I was surprised by the new features added on to it. This game evolves somewhat faster than most MMORPG and has been there since 2001 which is very old for an MMORPG.

Unlike other MMORPGs Runescape does not require you to download a CD or DVD worth of installer bytes and you don’t have the hassle of trying to configure your video card. The only things need are a JRE (Java Runtime Environment) and a web browser.

The game also is not a hack-and-slash type it requires you to deal with a world economics and level all or some selected skill up in order for the player to produce commodities of value.

Of course those used to high end graphics will find the game primitive but this game is not suited for superficial play.

The game is free but a subscriber can have access to other features of the game that makes it more interesting to play though this requires a credit card.

All in all Runescape will continue to evolve and get new members. IMO the business model must be working

August 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

WTF is a software Framework?

Let me start this by saying that I am no expert in the subject and have no pretension as such. I am just a regular Jose (Joe) writing my understanding of the subject from a dumb down point of view.

What is a Framework

A framework is basically a frame that a developer will add functionality to solve a certain problem. A framework contains the little bits that need not be handled by “plumbing code” such as page navigation, database insertion and the like depending on the framework being used.

Unlike a library where the functions are called by the application, in the case of a framework it is the application that is called by the framework. A good example of a framework is Ruby on Rails aka RoR aka Rails. Rails will handle most database transactions and view transactions leaving the developer to concentrate on the business processes.


To further distinguish a library, which usually requires the usage or inclusion or importation of certain package or header, from a framework there is this term the is called Inversion of Control or IoC which means that the control structure is reversed. To simply put it in a library the developer writes code to control the functionality of the library in a framework the developer writes code that will be controlled and used by the framework.

Frameworks Frameworks Frameworks

There are so many frameworks out there both “free” and non-free that can be utilized to solve a particular problem. There are frameworks that tackle only a a certain area such as display or database interaction while others are complete packages. It would be up to the developer to select which tool would be most fitting.

Advantage of a Framework

The advantage of a framework is that generally the developer is insulated from the tedious coding of some plumbing code such as page navigation, session handling or data handling and manipulation. The developer can now concentrate on business rules and the like.

Disadvantage of a framework

Two words “learning curve”

August 26, 2008 Posted by | DumbAss's Guide | , | Leave a comment

Juan Dela Cruz can code?

Sometimes I really have to shake my head when I encounter somebody who claims that they can code in the language I ask them to code in. Not because you can code the infamous “hello world” in that language does not mean you can program in that language.

In the Philippines this is a common occurrence and you really have to sift out the wheat from the chaff. These are not your everyday fresh graduates because if you look at their school records they did very well in other subject but the thing is they just can’t code.

Where does the root of the problem lie? I don’t really know but I do have my opinions on the matter.

One of which is that the graduates just coded to have high grades, the grade not the learning was the motivation and once the subject/course requirements was met they did not proceed to learn the nuances of the language.

Another is probably that as a student they did not use the resources available to them or rather misused it. A classic example is when students misuse their internet time, many schools have this resource available to enrollees, to prettify their networking pages with CSS rather than research for materials that me enhance their skill. Trust me I’ve encountered people who can create beautiful to dastard layouts of Friendster using customized CSS and yet can’t use the same principle when they do their web pages.

And IMO the saddest of them all is the instructor did not have sufficient mastery of the language or was not able to motivate the student to learn the language and the even worst part is that once these graduates start teaching the vicious cycle continues.

Pointing out the problem will not solve anything as the adage goes so in turn I would like to invite those who want to learn or learn with us to join and post their questions or answers. We will try and assist you in the right way meaning we will help you but will not do your assignments for you.

August 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment