Category: Coding

PHP Confessions

What was in my bag by evil erin

Last night on twitter I started this series based on the hashtag #PHPConfessions I’ve never gotten the order of arguments right for str_replace without checking first  #PHPConfessions   I’m always afraid I’ll be seated with the Perl people at programmer gatherings  #PHPConfessions   I like PHP because I like always having the option to blame my […]

How To Do It

Woman programming a huge early computer

Perl There’s more than one way to do it Python There is one way to do it PHP I found a way to do it but it didn’t work. I’m just going to do it in WordPress ColdFusion You can do that? .NET There is one way to do it, but you can do it […]

Dreamhost is incompetent

This site was offline for three days due to the unbelievable incompetence of Dreamhost. There is no excuse for a company in the business of hosting websites to fail so miserably and so often. The reason for the outage is unclear, their infrequent updates would refer to different pieces of failing hardware. The backup server, […]

Online Audio Is A Poor Format For Learning Code

Saw a link to a “radio show” about Advanced OO Patterns. I thought that was an odd format for a topic like that. Online audio presentations are great for ideas that live mostly inside your head, but code you usually need to write down. I clicked the link and found a flash-based audio player. No […]

PHP Gravatar Class

I was recently working on a small side project when I ran across a need for a php implementation of a class that would produce Gravatar urls. Generating Gravatar urls is not a complicated affair. In fact, it’s not out of the question to write a one-off gravatar function as needed. I wanted something slightly […]


Débrouillard is what every plongeur wants to be called. A débrouillard is a man who, even when he is told to do the impossible, will se débrouiller — get it done somehow. — George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

How To Stand Out

“At each creative decision, ask whether you’re doing it a certain way because that’s the way you’ve seen it done before. If the answer is yes, then figure out if there’s a better way. You’ll stand apart from the rest, and we’ll love you for it.” From a profile of Adam Lisagor in Fast Company […]

Explanations are a UX Smell

Have you ever added someone as a “Contact” on Flickr? It’s a confusing experience. The core of the problem is the word “contact.” When I call someone a “contact” I assume that I’m going to… well, “contact” them at some point. That’s not at all what a contact is for on flickr, though. It’s really […]

There is something magical about describing something into existence

It’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t done it. She asked me how I can take the boredom of just sitting there writing instructions to a computer for hours. “Don’t you ever just want to scream?” If I was writing a novel, she’d get it. It’s romantic even… the image of the reclusive writer […]

CSS, Forms, Borders and Biographies

This is just a bit of internet mix tape of interesting things I’ve read recently: Little CSS Stuff Newcomers Get Confused About If you’re a pro, it’s easy to forget the confusion you felt when you just started learning CSS. Just for fun, let’s try and remember some of those little weird confusing moments. I’ll […]

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