1. Keep it Simple

    One of the big lessons I've learned since programming became my "day" job is to appreciate the simplest solution rather than a more complex approach.


  2. Blogging With Pelican

    As a web developer, I spend a lot of time with Drupal, which is what formerly powered my blog. Maintaining the site (which I generally neglect) seemed burdensome. Occasionally anti-spam would fail, cache files would need to be cleaned, or some other issue would require my attention. It all felt too much like my 9-5 work. So, I've converted the blog to use Pelican.



  3. Quick Tip: Detect and Encode Curly Brackets in URL Validation

    Validating user input is always a great idea from a usability and security point of view. However, when it comes to things like URLs, the data is complex and there is a very strict pattern that the data has to adhere to. From a data perspective, this is great news ...


  4. Quick Tip: Get proper DOCUMENT_ROOT When Using mod_vhost_alias

    The Apache module mod_vhost_alias and its VirtualDocumentRoot directive can really be a great time saver for local development (some googling will explain why in more deapth). Basically, my local dev is set up so that I just have to create a directory in my aliases directory, and I just then ...


  5. Review: NetBeans IDE 6.7.1

    I think my previous posts have already indicated that my development environment, specifically my IDE, is important to me, and that I make a habit of exploring my options on a regular basis. For the last 7 months I've been using NuSphere's PhpED, which I've really enjoyed ...


  6. Fix mod_auth_mysql on Ubuntu 64-bit

    At least twice, now, I've encountered problems (read: apache segfaults, oh noes!) with mod_auth_mysql on Ubuntu 64-bit installs, most recently using Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) -- the most recent release (at least until 9.10 comes out soon). In searching for solutions, I discovered that this issue has been reported ...


  7. Windows Home Server FTW

    I tend to consider myself a technical user, and for years, I operated various Linux distributions and setups to facilitate our home network. Mostly this meant a place to dump our backups in an intelligent manner, but I would also setup things like easy file sharing between our computers and ...



  8. Review: NuSphere PhpED 5.6

    As I explained in my previous post, I've been on the hunt for a new PHP IDE. During past searches for this type of tool, I've always taken a glance at NuSphere's PhpED and usually went away screaming rather quickly because of how clunky, ugly, and just ...


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