Currently Learning…

So part of the whole Ubuntu move has also involved migrating my predominantly MS-based programming skillset into something *else*. As it is, i am studying part-time to complete a B.Sc Applied Mathematics, so this year will be a little slower at times on the technology front, but it proceeds, nonetheless.

So far, i’ve managed to learn a little Python and PHP. Turbogears, Django, CakePHP and Zend all occupy my headspace at the moment. The one thing they (the frameworks) have in common though is MVC, so once you have that covered, getting to grips with the semantics of each framework is a little easier.

In the process though, i’ve ended up learning a lot about my Ubuntu installations (server and desktop), managing Apache2, user rights and managing those on the system, network interfaces, MySql and Sqlite, a lot of “notepad” editing (ala nano, vi and gedit)… actually, come to think of it, i’ve learned more about *nix this year than Windows and i’ve had a whole lot more fun too 😀
Of course, i could have spent the time learning Linq, WPF, WCS, etc.. etc… but you can tell from my enthusiasm, i’ve been getting a little jaded with all the MS hype that just turns out to be the same ol’, only with more hoops. To be fair though, i did enjoy some of the .NET porting to Mono.
And that’s been the difference: the fun factor. Learning is fun. When it’s not fun, it’s not learning. It’s cramping.

Preserving the Stacktrace

Exception handling is important enough to get right. And there’s plenty of sample code out there to help you get it right, nonetheless, i come across two major variations:
catch (Exception ex) {


catch (Exception ex) {
throw ex;

There’s more about catching general Exception but that’s beyond the scope of this post. So, moving right along…

There is one other variation:

catch (Exception ex) {
throw new Exception(ex);
But the first two are more interesting. The second (throw ex;) is the least desirable, unless of course you have a good reason to not preserve the stacktrace.

Code attached rethrow.txt

Hello, Baby J

the most anticipated birth of the century… 😀
She’s adorable, she’s gorgeous… she’s everything i thought only more than everything i thought.


And “My Wife”… wow! I am so proud of her. For nine months she worked so hard at making sure Jessie would come out just perfect and right to the end, she gave it her all and did an absolutely amazingly fantastic “thing”. I am stumped by her ability, tenacity, perseverance, love and courage in the face of everything that went down… (Lolly, you’re beautiful!)

And again, we have an absolutely awesome Father in Heaven. A true, righteous and loving God…

And so we start, the three of us, our next exciting episode 😀