Pow + PHP + LiveReload + Anvil = Yum

I haven’t been dabbling in web development lately, and I’ve missed a lot of things. I was really excited to see some of the newer tools available out there and put them to use. Sadly, some of the information out there is old or is project specific.

Because I just got it figured out, I figured I’d write this note on getting it setup to benefit myself and others who may have the same question I did.

Can Pow work with PHP and Anvil? How can I tie in LiveReload or something similar1?

The answer is yes and easily! So let’s get started.

  1. If you’re only using Sass or LESS, theres Scout and SimpLESS. They’re free but lack reloading or live previewing. Some editors support live previewing and will work with Scout and SimpLESS with a little effort (like double saving). 

What's Next?

So I finally did it. I defended my thesis, and now I’m waiting for commencement and receiving my diploma. It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve spent the past 6 years at university. It just seemed to fly by.

One of the questions that no one seems to be asking me is “What’s next?” I understand because everyone knows I’m going off into the real world to work for Microsoft. I don’t want to say that’s not really “What’s next?”; it’s just that there’s so much more that can go on than just that. And because of that belief, I feel like I’ve reached my quarter-life crisis.

Why I almost cried during Wreck It Ralph, but not Wall-E

Caution: Spoilers may be present

Wreck it Ralph has to be one of my favorite movies of 2012 so far. Yes, it is a movie targeted at children (I believe?), but it shockingly pulled on some of my heart strings and almost made me cry.

No main characters died, no character was close to death, and no character suffered any major loss (except for back story things). The main issue–and it’s a big one–is that Disney hinted at a possible “Happy Ending” that didn’t have a wish come true feeling in the end.

2 Weeks at Microsoft

So I’ve been working at Microsoft for a whole two weeks. It’s shocking how fast time flies because it still feels like I was in school a week ago.

For those of you wondering, I’m currently in the Windows Kernel Platform Group in Building 9. Even though it’s been two weeks, I still get lost in the building. It’s a labyrinth.

It still feels surreal being at Microsoft. It’s started sinking in, but at the same time, I’m waiting for someone to walk through the door and say “Just kidding! We got you good.”

Drinking the Microsoft Kool-aid

Last Friday, I interviewed at Microsoft for an internship. I started at 9.30 am and went till roughly 4.00 pm. It was a long and painful process, but fun, educational, and worth it none-the-less.

In all honesty, the whole weekend was a whirlwind of emotions. I’m a bit of a Mac fanboy at heart. I don’t hate Windows; it’s just that Mac OS X provides an environment I like by default, where Windows requires me to setup things (like StrawBerry Perl, Python, and etc or install Cygwin). So the moment I was caught off-guard–and it showed on my face–was when one of the interviewers asked if I owned a PC.

I interviewed with four people (whom I’d like to thank very much for providing me with such an awesome opportunity). It was a roller coaster of emotion.

Some of my friends who have an interview with Microsoft coming up ask me for advice and answers to the questions the interviewers ask. I guess my main advice would be honest about who you are and what you know, don’t forget to think, and don’t forget to breath. As for the answers to the questions, I think it’s better if you don’t know the answers before hand because it might not be the answer they’re looking for.