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2015

April

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

When Katrina hit 10 years ago, President Bush was accused of negligence. He could have handled it better some say. I don't have the political background or natural disaster expertise to tell you what he could have done, but I can tell you for sure that the event was heavily documented.

Time to get to work, you sonofabitch

Time to get to work, you sonofabitch

There is something romantic about the tech world. More specifically the programming world. A world where we still believe in a pure breed born once every decade. The true programmers. The real programmers. I can name a few if I must. Bret Victor, John Skeet, Jeff Atwood, Steve Yegge, Douglas Crockford, John Resig, John Carmack. These are people I truly admire and think highly of. They are in my true programmers bucket. A virtual box I created because I have no real understanding of what trully makes then great, but I chose this label for the sake of keeping up with conversation.

Why we hate flash

Why we hate flash

We don't hate flash. It's an amazing tool and I use the present tense here because you can still find it in the wilderness. It's only recently that YouTube, which mainly played videos through flash, switched the default player to be in HTML5. That is when media outlets started the whole campaign of saying flash is dead(er). When you open YouTube on a browser that doesn't support html5 then you still use flash.

No such thing as smooth Database switch

No such thing as smooth Database switch

When designing a database abstraction layer, it is very tempting to fall into the trap of wanting to create a single module that handles MySQL, Postgres, MSSQL or any other database engine. I know I did.

How to think like a programmer

How to think like a programmer

When dealing with software bugs, how you ask the question determines how likely you are to get a good answer. To me programming is talking with a computer. The computer understands zeroes and ones, nothing in between. So when someone has a bug and tells a story instead of giving the relevant zeroes and ones, chances are they will never find a solution.

So you've been blogging for 2 years

So you've been blogging for 2 years

When you start programming and you find that you enjoy it so much, you can only wish that you had started it when you were younger. In the tech world, young has always been the new black. Young kids like Bill Gates and Zuckerberg tamed the world before they got rid of their acne. The rest of us, who didn't know what to do in our teen years, are left to suffer in our own eternal internal humiliation.

March

How meetings should be

How meetings should be

If you recorded yourself talking for ten minutes then sent it to all your team, do you think they would listen to it?

Using Boring Technologies this Year

Using Boring Technologies this Year

Every once in a while I am reminded that I am doing the right thing by sticking to PHP in the year 2015. If you don't know already, the majority of websites run on PHP. That is to say, PHP is a tested technology. It has a vibrant community, it is expanding, and it is very, very boring.

How to Cross-Site Script

How to Cross-Site Script

If SQL Injection allows a user to make a full copy of your database, Cross Site Scripting will give an attacker full control over your users. Both are equally dangerous and relatively easy to protect against. Not long ago, I wrote about the dangers of SQL Injection, today I want to focus on Cross Site Scripting.

Markdown: the language of the web

Markdown: the language of the web

You've been browsing reddit for a while. You think you have waited long enough, and accumulated enough courage to finally post your opinion again. When you get to the commenting section. You want to format your creative thoughts but it says, it only supports Markdown formatting. "Never heard of it!"

JS Tip of the day

Ajax without jQuery

It took me a long time to implement jQuery into my everyday workflow but now I am so used to it that I rely on it entirely for some tasks. The more I use, the m…

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