Archive for May 2013

Weekly Wrap Up – codeigniter!

May 29th, 2013 — 2:38pm

It’s not the end of the week, but I’ve missed a few weeks now, so I thought I’d catch up.  Here’s what I’ve been doing:

CodeIgniter – A new client has a custom CMS written using CodeIgniter.  This is a fairly popular php framework that several of my clients use.  It’s pretty nice to use – follows the normal MVC architecture.

Sunshop – I did some custom work to tweak the way Sunshop makes its SEO friendly URL’s.

In addition, the normal php and perl work rounded out my schedule.

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Weekly Wrap up

May 10th, 2013 — 4:06pm

This week was largely consumed by work on a Google Maps web site for mobile devices.  I admit it’s not going too well.  For every step forward, it seemed like something else broke, or got glitchy.  One issue I think it so much javascript / ajax going on nowadays on web pages can cause some conflicts.  In addition, html elements show and hide, special effects, etc. can wreak havoc on the layout of the elements.

Then, just after you have things working, check another web browser, and something’s wrong there!  Very frustrating.

I also spent some more time on Adobe Connect – using the API for some reporting.  This was more successful, and I’m getting used to that API and the structure of Connect.

Besides that, the week was filled on other projects for existing clients, with an unusual amount Perl work.  As an aside, Perl used to be the main language for web applications (back in the 90’s).  It’s mostly gone by the wayside, but there is a lot of legacy code out there to maintain, and build on.  It remains a good language, but just no longer a primary web language.

That’s the wrap.

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Only the IRS can do this…

May 2nd, 2013 — 8:56pm

In the early days of the web, scheduled maintenance could be done from time to time, and servers just taken offline for several hours.  However, those days are long gone – at least I thought so, until I came across this from the IRS tonight (8pm EST):

Unfortunately, I can’t pay my taxes to anyone else.  So let’s see, I can post a cat video on Facebook 24x7x365, but pay my taxes…ehh..

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