Development Archives

Stupid cell phone tricks
An easy way to get text messages to mobile phones.
January 6, 2005 - 280 words, 139 comments

How not to apply for a job
Applying for a job isn’t that hard, but it does take some minimal effort and common sense.
September 24, 2004 - 539 words, 17 comments

PHP developer wanted
I’m looking for a PHP developer. Inquire within.
September 23, 2004 - 366 words

Dirify in PHP
A port of Movable Type’s dirify function to PHP.
July 27, 2004 - 386 words, 11 comments

XHTML Services?
Jon Udell says that intranets should abandon Web services like SOAP and REST in favor of screen scraping XHTML. Hogwash.
January 1, 2004 - 729 words,

Look for updates
Make sure you look for software updates before spending lots of time trying to troubleshoot problems.
November 7, 2003 - 90 words, 2 comments

ALTer
A short Perl program to automatically add alt text to every image tag on a site.
September 24, 2003 - 382 words, 10 comments

FrontPage use
FrontPage can be used to help you get Web content out of MS Word documents.
September 20, 2003 - 148 words, 6 comments

Zen development
Bill Zeller explains the idea behind iterative programming and the release early release often mentality with a short zen parable.
June 28, 2003 - 52 words,

Snoopy
Snoopy is a PHP class for developing Web clients. It can submit forms, grab pages, scrape text, and more.
June 14, 2003 - 73 words, 2 comments

Clearly marking your staging server
A quick and dirty way to help you distinguish between your development, staging, and production servers on Web projects.
May 21, 2003 - 229 words, 1 comment

Filename regex
Regular expression for removing invalid characters from a Windows filename.
April 4, 2003 - 28 words, 2 comments

Performance Tuning and Optimizing ASP.NET Applications
A good friend has a a new book out.
April 2, 2003 - 62 words,

C++ Web Services
Looking for a XML-RPC library.
February 3, 2003 - 18 words,

Patching Aggie's referrer
A patch for Aggie to fix the broken referrer header.
January 31, 2003 - 244 words, 2 comments

Crude remote server availabity checking
Check your server availability with Google Translate.
January 25, 2003 - 214 words, 1 comment

Automatic Keywords
The problem with machine generated metadata is that it’s not always accurate.
November 26, 2002 - 329 words, 6 comments

More XSL tips
On the subject of XSL, Web Developer’s Virtual Library has a huge list of resources,...
November 7, 2001 - 21 words,

XSL Introduction
SitePoint has a decent introductory tutorial on XSL. They give a sample document and walk...
November 7, 2001 - 39 words,

Directory browsing in IIS
Note to the person that got to my site searching for "iis directory browsing turn...
October 30, 2001 - 56 words, 3 comments

URL regex
A Regex that matches URLs....
October 25, 2001 - 6 words, 1 comment

Perl sync
Fsync is a Perl script which allows for file synchronization between remote hosts...
October 24, 2001 - 13 words,

Into to Tcl/Tk
IBM developerWorks has a nifty tutorial to introduce you to Tcl/TK. (Free registration required)...
October 18, 2001 - 15 words,

Recently

Assumptions and project planning (Feb 18)
When your assumptions change, it's reasonable that your project plans and needs change as well. But too many managers are afraid to go back and re-work a plan that they've already agreed to.
Feature voting is harmful to your product (Feb 7)
There's a lot of problems with using feature voting to drive your product.
Encouraging 1:1s from other managers in your organization (Jan 4)
If you’re managing other managers, encourage them to hold their own 1:1s. It’s such an important tool for managing and leading that everyone needs to be holding them.
One on One Meetings - a collection of posts about 1:1s (Jan 2)
A collection of all my writing on 1:1s
Are 1:1s confidential? (Jan 2)
Is the discussion that occurs in a 1:1 confidential, even if no agreed in the meeting to keep it so?
Skip-level 1:1s are your hidden superpower (Jan 1)
Holding 1:1s with peers and with people far below you on the reporting chain will open your eyes up to what’s really going on in your business.
Do you need a 1:1 if you’re regularly communicating with your team? (Dec 28)
You’re simply not having deep meaningful conversation about the process of work in hallway conversations or in your chat apps.
What agenda items should a manager bring to a 1:1? (Dec 23)
At least 80% of a 1:1 agenda should be driven by your report, but if you also to use this time to work on things with them, then you’ll have better meetings.

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