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Posted: January 16, 2015 04:21:16 PM

Developer's Tool Bag: Generating Code

With our Mach-II apps, I had a series of RegEx Search/Replaces in Dreamweaver that let me quickly turn a list of variables into the various basic components of a bean, gateway, function arguments, etc.  For example, this one does all the properties in a bean. So if I had a variable list ...

Posted: December 15, 2014 07:40:15 PM

WordPress Themes - Watch Those Spaces!

As I mentioned previously, I've been learning WordPress stuff over the last few weeks for a client.  Recently we discovered her RSS feed wasn't working in some checkers, so I checked it and found that the resulting XML had indention before the first few lines.  Now, personally I think ...

Posted: December 10, 2014 07:42:10 PM

Basic Refresher on Signed vs Unsigned Integers

You may have heard recently that Psy's "Gangum Style" video "broke" YouTube due to the database using an signed integer that was 32 bits, never expecting a single video to ger more than 2.147 trillon views.  So they upped it to a 64 bit integer.  interestingly enough, ...

Posted: November 17, 2014 09:50:17 PM

More Random Updates: Of Life, Work, and WordPress

Of course it is November, so I'm immersed in National Novel Writing Month and the bulk of my writing is focused on that.  Thus far, I am behind, alas, but I'm still hanging in there.  I've been this behind before and its' highly likely I will win, mostly just need to sit ...

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: March 1, 2015 04:11:01 AM

Goal Check: February Progress

Got three more goals done this month, made some progress on two others.  Alas, a few others that I really needed to make progress I haven't, in part from the cold, wet weather we've been having.  Way more rain this winter than the norm and too many stupid 30-40 degree days.  Financials Student ...

Posted: February 1, 2015 06:53:01 PM

Goal Check: January Progress

Got a couple of goals done, yay!  And cancelled one for a good reason for a change.  As for having lost weight, the how is anyone's guess... :-) Financials Emergency fund to $3,000 to have a buffer in case the roof gets worse - DONE! Used part of income tax refund to get the last push done ...

Posted: January 1, 2015 01:42:01 AM

Goals for 2015

As with last year, I grouped my goals into broad categories, set more "chaining" goals (here some goals depend on ones before it being done), and, as always, I tried to make these realistic, obtainable, and measurable.Alas, a few are repeats from last year, though with tweaks.  And yeah, I refuse ...

Posted: December 30, 2014 01:00:30 AM

Year in Review: 2014 Goal Results

For 2014, I reworked my goals into some broad groups for easier reading and better organization. I also set "chained" goals, with some goals building on the ones before them. All in all, I started the year with 34 goals, with 10 more being added as the year progressed. I had way more successes this ...

Posted: December 6, 2014 11:15:06 PM

Goal Check: November Progress

Dropped a bunch that seemed unlikely to happen now.  And now it's NaNo time...still, I added two... CAR Remove tint on car windows Get car in for recall service FITNESS/HEALTH Take bike to work on the rack on all good weather, no errand days and ride between office and garage & rec Currently ...

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