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2008

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  • JQuery UI's getting fancy

    May 28, 2008

    Blogspot · javascript ·

    JQuery’s my favorite JavaScript library by a long shot (very straightforward approach to manipulating page elements), and the JQuery UI makes it even better (so much shiny). I’m looking forward to using it in future projects.

    Sadly, I need to hunker down at work and get back to my YUI stuff. YUI’s nice, but it is a lot more complex than JQuery. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s worth the extra overhead, or if I’m missing some way to make things easier.

  • Lots of Nifty Newness for the Church Site

    Feb 14, 2008

    Blogspot · design · wordpress ·

    I volunteered a little while ago to be the maintainer for the Green Lake United Methodist Church. One limitation of the site is the fact that the Webmaster was a barrier to getting new content online. It's a common problem, and had nothing to do with the maliciousness of the Webmaster. It's just the simple fact that the Web dude is the only person who can post content. If the office manager wants to post the Worship schedule, she has to ask the Webmaster. If the pastor wants to present a message, she has to talk to the Webmaster. And it goes on and on. Eventually the Webmaster implodes, because you can only handle being the bottleneck for so long. The pressure becomes especially great when there is time-sensitive information that needs to be posted. You end up with a site that looks essentially static for months at a time.

    greenlakeumc.org in 2006

    A blog seems like the most straightforward solution to the problem of allowing non-technical people to post content including material that is time-sensitive. I can worry about technical and design decisions, and everybody else can worry about content. I installed WordPress because it seemed like the best fit for this site. WordPress has a large userbase, is easy to install and maintain, and has plentiful plugins for extending functionality. They would probably be able to find free or cheap help on the site if I get hit by a bus or something. I added plugins for event scheduling and reader feedback, a nice looking template, and fine-tuned one of my own pictures of the church.

  • Updating coolnamehere's design

    Feb 1, 2008

    Blogspot · site ·

    It’s time to revamp coolnamehere.

  • PHP's extract and compact functions

    Jan 30, 2008

    Blogspot · php ·

    I’ve been brushing up on my PHP basics lately. Why? Well, it never hurts to revisit things you think you already know. There is a good chance you will discover something you didn’t know after all. For example: this time I learned about PHP’s extract and compact functions.

  • REBOL 3 alpha released

    Jan 8, 2008

    Blogspot · rebol ·

    I just saw Petr Krenzelok’s giddy announcement on the REBOL mailing list that a public alpha of REBOL 3 is available today. I’ve been waiting to see this for a while and can’t even begin to describe how excited I am.

  • PageTemplate for Site Generation Part 2

    Jan 7, 2008

    Blogspot · pagetemplate · ruby ·

    I’ve got my code filtering Markdown and now I want to stuff that filtered content into an HTML page. I could just use maruku#to_html_document, but I need the ability to add details like a title and site-related links.

  • PageTemplate for Site Generation

    Jan 6, 2008(Updated Mar 28, 2015)

    Blogspot · pagetemplate · ruby ·

    So I was looking at my Python Blogger client and I tried implementing the same thing in Ruby. gdata-ruby confusion stymied me. I still don’t know whether library issues or my own ignorance blocked me.

  • Another Link

    Jan 4, 2008

    Blogspot · links · ruby · windows ·

    This blog may well be the single best resource ever created for those of use who are learning how to automate Windows with Ruby.

  • Xah's Elisp Tutorial

    Jan 3, 2008

    Blogspot · elisp · link ·

    I'd really love to master an editor. Any editor. Vim has been my weapon of choice for years, but Emacs has always intrigued me. It's easier to use than Vim, but the Elisp language is the real draw. Vim's configuration / scripting language is awkward at best. Elisp is cryptically lispish, but at least it is possible to break it down without wondering what the heck <sfile> is supposed to be.

    So yeah. I'm mostly a Vim guy but I'd love to get more out of my Emacs sessions. With that in mind, I'll be taking a close look at Xah's Emacs and Elisp tutorials.

  • Adding Categories to the Python Blogger Client

    Jan 2, 2008

    Blogspot · blogger · gdata · python ·

    Update 2009-06-09

    I’ve revisited the code for Blogger posting with Python. Start with the Python Blogger refresh to see the new starting point.

  • Reinstalling JRuby

    Jan 2, 2008

    Blogspot · java · jruby · ruby ·

    I’m still getting everything back together after the iMac upgrade fiasco. JRuby, my favorite Ruby implementation, is still missing. I think I’ll fix that now.