Mar 23 2008

Dead and archived

Jamie Begin

Well… it’s only been over a year since a last update. As you could probably guess, this is now yet another blog upon the Internet scrapheap. Truth be told, I am involved in considerably more admin-type work than I am development nowadays. I may change the direction of the blog in the future to reflect […] …

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Jan 30 2007

Google Password Generator Gadget

Jamie Begin

Today I needed a short break and decided to port over a Javascript password generator that I had previouly written to the XML format used by Google for their homepage “gadgets” (aka “widget”). I use it primarily for creating database passwords and figured at least a few of the people out there could find their […] …

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Jan 28 2007

Who Killed the Webmaster?

Jamie Begin

Back in the frontier days of the web–when flaming skulls, scrolling marquees, and rainbow divider lines dominated the landscape–”Webmaster” was a vaunted, almost mythical, title. The Webmaster was a techno-shaman versed the black arts needed to make words and images appear on this new-fangled Information Superhighway. With the rise of the W …

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Jan 25 2007

A Basic Introduction to Postgres Stored Procedures

Jamie Begin

This article introduces the very basics of writing stored procedures with PostgreSQL (aka Postgres), an open-source database system. It is intended for both Postgres newbies and MS SQL Server/MySQL stored procedure veterans who are interested learning more about Postgres. Introduction I originally come from the world of MS SQL Server where stored p …

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Jan 17 2007

Developers: Beware of scams posing at pre-employment tests on Craigslist.

Jamie Begin

I occasionally check-up on the web developer jobs on craigslist.org, and this is the second time this month I’ve noticed this particular scam. When I realize what these asshats are trying to pull, it enrages me. I figured I’d write about here to warn others. In case craigslist pulls the ad here it is: We […] …

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Dec 27 2006

Recursively checking for missing alt attributes on img tags with 38 lines of Python code.

Jamie Begin

Today I was the first time I’ve used my new found Python skills in a professional capacity. As part of a larger project, the client wanted me to check each HTML document for image tags missing their “alt” attributes. Knowing how tedious and impercise it would be to do this manually, writing a script was […] …

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Dec 23 2006

A PHP Developer Spends a Week with Python

Jamie Begin

Last week, I wrote about my discontent with PHP and why I chose to give Python a shot at becoming my new tool of choice. Since then, Python and I have spent a lot of time together getting acquainted. I’m finally becoming accustomed to the lack of semicolons and curly braces and have accepted Python’s […] …

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Dec 20 2006

From PHP to Python

Jamie Begin

Before I wrote my “Dear John” letter to PHP the other day, I had largely decided to move to Python as my primary tool. I had been on the fence for months about choosing to pursue Ruby or to follow the Python path. I purchased a book about each and did quite a bit of […] …

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Dec 18 2006

Dear PHP, I think it’s time we broke up.

Jamie Begin

Dear PHP, We’ve been together for about five years now. I’ve had a lot of good times and I’ve really enjoyed being with you. However, the more we work together, the more concerned I get about our future. I’m sorry, but you don’t have the elegance that inspires me to want marry you. I think […] …

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Dec 11 2006

Using Linux to Get Internet Access on your Verizon Phone for Free

Jamie Begin

I recently dumped Sprint for Verizon because Sprint provides such shoddy reception in my area. When researching phones online, I came across a few mentions on how to get free Internet access on some of the models. However, because the suggestions included routing through public proxies, I opted not to do it. However, finally purchasing […] …

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