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Posted: August 28, 2014 05:09:28 PM


A relatively quick post this week, but I discovered something new in MySQL (as in new to me). A common query one might need to run is to get a list of rows from one table and it's related rows in a connected table.  For example, given these tables: Let's say I want to get a ...

Posted: August 22, 2014 01:43:22 PM

Overdue Update

Wow, it's been nearly two months since my last post!  Whoops! I'm still around, it's been a strange mix of quiet and hectic lately.  Quiet in that we wrapped up our first PHP Zend project and got it out the door.  Thus far it's worked pretty well other than the occasional completely ...

Posted: July 3, 2014 09:46:03 PM

Advancing My First Zend App, Part 3: Flipping the Layout

Before I continued on some more, I realized I needed to "fix" my MovieShelves module to make it's routes more uniquely named, otherwise it will conflict with other modules. :-P  I also updated my app to bring the DataTables code to 1.10 standards and to do a few visual tweaks.  ...

Posted: June 20, 2014 06:26:20 PM

Replacing CFGrid with DataTables, Part 3: Editable Grids

Bet you thought I forgot about this series, eh? :-) Got caught up dealing with the SOAP stuff - that was simple to build with Zend but ended up not working with the legacy system we were working with so had to redo it to break out of Zend all together to get it working.  Was two weeks of headache ...

Posted: June 2, 2014 09:29:02 PM

Basic Fluid Grid and Responsive Design

To give my brain a bit of a rest from the Zend learning and in preparation for some future projects, I decided it was time for me to look at responsive design techniques and using CSS grids for doing site design.  Lordy was that stuff confusing!  Took me an hour or two of reading a lot ...

Posted: September 4, 2014 03:38:04 PM

Goal Check: August Progress

Yet another month with very little done...bleh - most of the month has been focused on the painting of the cabinets and writing stuff. CAR Remove tint on car windows FITNESS/HEALTH Consistently swim at least 4 3 days a week, 45+ minutes a time by July end of September - yeah, still sucking ...

Posted: August 7, 2014 02:20:07 PM

Goal Check: July Progress

Another month with very little done...bleh CAR Remove tint on car windows FITNESS/HEALTH Consistently swim at least 4 3 days a week, 45+ minutes a time by July August - was doing better until two weeks of being sick Consistently swim at least 4 days a week, 60+ minutes a time by end of year Take ...

Posted: July 29, 2014 03:24:29 PM

Another Kitchen Project Update

Weeee!  A bit overdue for an update!  Sorry about that, been a kind of hectic month.  In addition to doing Camp NaNo (and being SO SO far behind), I've been continuing to work on the kitchen project. If you've been following along on FB you probably have an idea of where it is, but wanted ...

Posted: July 12, 2014 05:38:12 AM

Kitchen Frenzy!

I didn't get quite as much done today as I'd hoped with the cabinets.  Alas, while I was suddenly filled with a burst of energy and desire to get them all painted in bright white this weekend (and then floors done next weekend), my admittedly over excited self overlooked a few key things - needing ...

Posted: July 8, 2014 09:55:08 PM

Kitchen Floor Considerations

One of the few house goals I kept after the roofing news came in was to get some flooring in my kitchen.  Originally, I was thinking peel-and-stick vinyl tiles because they are cheap and don't require as much time as doing say, porcelain tiles, which have to be mudded and grouted and such.  ...

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