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Welcome to my recently remodeled Eclectic World!  This site serves as my central "hub" for all my various homes on the internet, as well as being home to my book, movie, and video game collections. 

Recent Blog Posts

Posted: April 7, 2014 09:21:07 PM

Getting Started With CakePHP

This week I'm starting to dip my toe into CakePHP, the framework we've chosen to use for our first PHP application. We liked it's age/stability, large community, MVC nature, and the wealth of documentation for it. Following along with the Cake Cookbook, I was going to try it on my local ...

Posted: April 4, 2014 02:18:04 PM

Semi-Practical PHP Practice: Guess the Number

When I expressed my growing boredom with just doing random PHP tutorials, my sweetie suggested I do what he does when he's learning a new language: write a guess the number game where users try to "guess a number between 1 and 100" that also gives players an indication as to whether their ...

Posted: April 1, 2014 08:46:01 PM

Even More PHP Learning: Codecacademy

At this point, I'm pretty much done with the Beginning PHP5 book.  The next chapter was on XML, then the rest was DB stuff and OO programming.  Decided it was time to move on to something at least somewhat more up-to-date.  So I decided to go through some of the PHP stuff at Codecacademy ...

Posted: March 26, 2014 02:56:26 PM

Beginning PHP5 Skim Throughs, Part 4: Files

Weee, back to the PHP stuff! At this point, I'm mostly just using the Beginning PHP5 as an overgrown road map for what to look at because it is just so outdated!  I skipped chapter 6 since it was all about "writing high quality code", mostly using functions and the like.  :-P  ...

Posted: March 18, 2014 09:42:18 PM

Replacing CFGrid with DataTables, Part 2: Ajax Driven Display

I didn't forget about this set of posts, promise! Taking a break from the PHP stuff, I'm back with part 2 - replacing an Ajax-driven CFGRID display with a dataTables one. You might be asking, well why would I even want to use an Ajax-driven table versus just doing a regular HTML ...

Posted: April 4, 2014 12:20:04 AM

Goal Check: March Progress

March was mostly another bleh month except for getting one car thing done, getting some more reading done, and finally getting into the PHP stuff.  Some goals got some new obstacles, unfortunately - for swimming the 3 indoor pools will close May 1st and stay closed till September for renovations ...

Posted: March 2, 2014 05:21:02 AM

Goal Check: February Progress

February was kind of a bleh month in terms of goal stuff.  I did make a little progress on a few things, but nothing major accomplished. CAR Replace struts on car - have the funds, just keep not getting around to doing making the appointment *doh* Remove tint on car windows Get a headlight restore ...

Posted: February 13, 2014 04:43:13 AM

Year in Review: In a Years 2013

Finally, way too many days into the year, it's the last of my "year in review" posts, i.e. my In a Years summaries. This year overall was rather poor for reading, dismal one for DVD watching, and my continued addiction to HO games, a crazy one for gaming! As with last year, the whole list ...

Posted: February 4, 2014 12:32:04 AM

Goal Check: January Progress

I got quite a few things done, including the whole pet section, and cancelled some others due to the roof situation.  Made a little progress on one or two others, though not as much as I'd hoped on some of the longer range goals.  Oh, I also decided to add a new little section at the bottom ...

Posted: January 3, 2014 08:58:03 PM

2014 Goals

A new year, and a new set of goals. This year I did something a little different in that I grouped the goals into broad categories. As with last year, I am trying try keep all of the goals "smaller", more manageable, and more realistic. A few of these on each other, such as the swimming goals, so I'll ...

Recent Photos on Flickr

Front Gardens - April 16th - Catty, the Catawba Crape Myrtle

Front Gardens - April 16th - Red Star Cordyline

Front Gardens - April 16th - Calla Lillies

Front Gardens - April 16th - Purple Shamrocks

Front Gardens - April 16th - Maybe Cyclamen?