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    RSS/Atom feed now provided by FeedBurner

    Published November 14th, 2005

    I was checking out my stats the other day and found, to my surprise, that the RSS and Atom feeds now make up a significant proportion of the total traffic on this domain. I’m slightly ashamed to admit how little I know about this end of things — it came ‘built-in’ with WordPress and I […]

    When Rapid Application Development is not rapid

    Published November 12th, 2005

    As mentioned in this article, I’ve been looking for a PHP development framework to help me get somewhere with a bunch of projects that have been stalled for, well, too long. After much deliberation, I settled on Cake — as much as anything because it seems to be in constant, active development, and the people […]

    Processing templates in Javascript

    Published November 10th, 2005

    One of the most tedious and awkward tasks for anyone using Ajax methods to fetch data from a remote source and then update a page, is building the HTML in Javascript. You’re stuck with either interpolating your data into great big Javascript strings (not helped by the fact that you can’t use line breaks in […]

    Standing on the shoulders of giants: getting over ‘not built here syndrome’

    Published November 9th, 2005

    I’ve been writing PHP, full-time, for something like four years now. Since day one, I’ve scrupulously avoided making use of anyone else’s code. When I see a new application or technique, my first reaction is not “ooh, I could use that”, but “hmm…how would I build that?”. I think there are two reasons for this: […]

    The black art of regular expressions

    Published November 8th, 2005

    I frequently come across people on coding help forums ask for assistance with a problem to which the answer, as far as I am concerned, consists of just two words: regular expressions. And I’m shocked, although not surprised, to find out how many people are either a) ignorant or b) afraid of them. A regular […]

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