“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day” (Eph. 6:10–13).
All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits,” William James wrote in 1892.prl.2 Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not. They’re habits. And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines have enormous impacts on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness. One paper published by a Duke University researcher in 2006 found that more than 40 percent of the actions people performed each day weren’t actual decisions, but habits.
The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly; ‘these virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions’; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit: ‘the good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life… for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy’.
Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World’s Greatest Philosophers
“Don’t wish it were easier wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges wish for more wisdom”
Jim Rohn The Art of Exceptional Living
The development environment that I will use to build an Ionic Mobile application includes the following items:
- Visual Studio Community 2015. This is a great way to get the benefits of this IDE without having to pay the premiums. Visual Studio is a robust IDE and with this community edition you can install extensions.
- ASP.NET Web API. With my background in C# and ASP.NET choosing this as the back-end REST API makes sense. I will be able to write the REST API fairly quickly. The next post will be on building the back-end REST API using ASP.NET Web API.
- Ionic Framework. Also with my background in using this framework at work, I will be able to develop a mobile application in a short amount of time.
- Twitter Bootstrap. I’ve used Twitter Bootstrap before for another project and enjoyed using it. It’s simple and easy to use.
- RedHat OpenShift Online. This is a relatively new service been around for a several years and the free version allows you to create up to 3 “gears” or applications. Since I’m currently getting started on my personal project it makes sense to use this service for now.
- MongoLab. This database service provides a free plan of 500 MB. This will be plenty for my current needs.
Overall, this setup will get me started. Eventually I would want to try building a back-end with Node.js and Express. But for now this setup meets the requirements for my personal projects. The next post will be about building my ASP.NET Web API back-end.
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Nathan Yeung and I’m a husband, father of three, and software developer. I’m excited to begin blogging. I plan to post every week. I will cover the following topics:
- Cooking recipes
- Health and fitness
- Self development
- Web Development and Mobile Hybrid Development
I encourage you to share your thoughts and comments in the comment sections of posts. I look forward to hearing from you!