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President of On Middle Ground Inc. Web and Application Developer for a combined 25+ years. Specialize in various Java technologies and mobile development technologies built for enterprise banks and financial institutions running DB2 and Oracle. Strong HTML and CSS skills. Customized development of Wordpress and Drupal CMS frameworks. Custom web development using PHP and mysql.

Spring Boot File Upload Asynchronously

Here is a quick cheat sheet on performing a File Upload either via a REST call or via traditional Spring MVC.  This is based on Spring Boot 1.5. First make sure your @Controller or @RestController class has a method such as this: @PostMapping(value…

Spring Boot Slow to Start on Mac

I have been building Spring Boot apps for quite some time on my macbook pro (a high end mac at that).  For quite some time it took quite a bit of time to start up Spring Boot whereas on a Windows environment it…

VT-x is not available

If you get this error, chances are you trying to get Linux running in a VM using Virtual Box on Windows.  If you see this follow these steps: VT-x is not enabled in the BIOS – Restart your computer and select the key…

Stream a PDF from a Javascript Async/Ajax Call in your browser

Have you ever come across a situation where you want to make an asynchronous call from your client (ie a browser) to the server, where the server returns an array of Base64 encoded bytes but you need to automatically send the PDF to…

Setting up a Demo Web Application using Spring Boot, Thymeleaf and Semantic UI

Sometimes you just want to build a proof of concept or a demo of some kind without all the complications of many Javascript libraries, assembling build tools using Grunt or Gulp as well as database access, and the list goes on.  However, there…

Post Processing Information

Some good reads on how important Post Processing is for your photos: Post Processing Part 1 Post Processing Part 2

Creative Photography Studio Ideas

This is just a list I will be compiling for some great studio photography tricks. Here is a great idea on how to add that lovely bokeh look to your product images: http://petapixel.com/2016/01/20/create-beautiful-bokeh-aluminum-foil/ Having a hard time getting motivated with Photos: http://petapixel.com/2009/07/31/13-tips-for-staying-motivated-in-photography/

Building Fabric.js on your Linux Machine

I had a hard time getting a build working on my Linux Mint OS so I thought I would document some steps that may assist you when trying to build your own code base for Fabric.js # update node, use the more current…

Showing your Library folder on a Mac

Here is an interesting tip I found online when I am trying to find files in my user Library folder. By default, Mac OS X 10.7 hides the user’s Library folder. There are a few ways to get around this: While in the…

Spring Boot – IntelliJ IDEA Not Reloading Static Content

Seems the latest version as of November 20, 2015 of IntelliJ IDEA does not come equipped to reload Spring Boot static content on the fly such as HTML and Javascript files.  After much digging around and some help from a buddy of mine,…

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