Branching Out and Up

I really pushed it today, as I completed nine challenges on CodeEval. Although most of the challenges were easy, I did two moderate challenges (one in Ruby), and one hard challenge. In addition, one of the easy challenges I completed in both Python 2 and Python 3, bringing it to four languages that I’ve worked […]

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Getting back In the Swing

After a busy morning and afternoon on Monday, I took a break on Tuesday to spend some time with my sister (up from St. Louis for the afternoon) and see The Martian (I highly recommend it). Today I returned to it, knocking out four easy and one moderate challenge on CodeEval. The moderate challenge (finding […]

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Getting back in (Programming) Shape

After a spring and summer of hiking, it’s time for me to get back to the business of programming. Unfortunately, this involves having to find a new job. This wasn’t the understanding I had when I attempted hiking the Appalachian Trail back in March, but a series of events happened that left me in this […]

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Why Coding Standards Matter

Sometimes it can be a bit of a chore to adhere to coding standards. After all, who really cares if braces after method declarations are on the next line, while control structure braces start on the same line? In the larger scheme, perhaps sticking to the agreed upon standards don’t matter. But when you’re working […]

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ASP.Net and Android File Download Issues

The stock browser on Android 4.3 and lower (e.g. on a Samsung Galaxy SIII) does not send through postback values when you request a file download. Instead, it sends the URL off to the download manager and it creates a new request with the URL. Therefore, you cannot rely on postback variables if you are […]

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Should I become a web developer?

Back in the early years of the internet, developing a website was something you did from your basement in your spare time. Today, developers are in high demand as our needs are more complex than ever before. Users expect to do their banking, make reservations, buy shoes, auction off their belongings, find their next spouse […]

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Upgrading to Zend Framework 2: One Week (or so) Review

After a little more than a week since I started the upgrade to ZF, I have to say I am enjoying working with it, although it certainly gave me headaches. Admittedly, most of those headaches were a result of my own questionable coding decisions from the existing ZF1 application. Still, it was a bit frustrating […]

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Upgrading to Zend Framework 2.0

While working on a project* recently, I made the decision to move it from its current Zend Framework 1.12 base into Zend Framework 2.0. Although there certainly are similarities in much of the code between the two versions, there certainly are differences, primarily in how the overall structure of the framework operates. After having futzed […]

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DatePeriod Class in PHP: Where were you ten years ago?

In my earlier days of web programming, one of the most frustrating issues that kept coming up was dealing with recurring dates. Trying to get it all put together would take a lot of time and effort. Part of this was because I was a pretty crappy programmer, but also because dealing with dates in […]

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Doh! I knew I missed something…

So I was sitting here trying to figure out why in the heck a simple Doctrine Repository::findOneBy call was not working. The code should work as is, and similar things were working in other places. I toyed around with it, changing things here and there. Still no result. I had the right value to find […]

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