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Development Archives

The Improvement Flywheel
An incredible flywheel for the improvement of a development team. Fix a few things, and everything starts getting better.
April 29, 2020 - 471 words,

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,

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