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August 28, 2010 – 2:45pm Play music continuously across page loads

For most sites, having background music that starts playing without the user’s consent is an annoyance. There are cases where using music on a website can enhance the overall experience. More…

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July 6, 2010 – 4:27pm Git Basics

A cheat-sheet to reference while getting started with git.

1. Pull down a copy of the repository: More…

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May 9, 2010 – 1:40pm MySQL Emergency

My friends Lawrence Krubner and Darren Hoyt just launched MySql Emergency. It’s a site where you can post urgent MySql questions and post a small bounty ($4 or more) for a good solution to your problem.

MySql Emergency is problem-solving community for MySql, ideal for users seeking quick, succinct answers they can’t find in any MySql forums. MySql Emergency is also great for established MySql developers who want to help problem-solve and be paid fairly for their efforts.

Sometimes Google just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you want quick, succinct advice specific to your problem. MySql Emergency lets you lean on the knowledge of the masses and still get personalized advice.

If you think you know a thing or two about MySql and might want to make some quick cash on the side, or if you have a question for the community, you can register for free. I’ve earned more than a round of beers by spending just a few minutes sharing tips to fellow developers in need.

If you register using this affiliate link I might be able to get them to buy me another round πŸ™‚

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April 19, 2010 – 10:35pm Moving wordpress site to another server

There was a question posted on WP Questions about moving a wordpress from a local development server to the live server. Here is what I do for just about all of my WP sites. It works for me since while I’m building out a site I usually make local changes that I have to sync up to a staging site for people to review.

1. Edit your wp-config.php so it works on various environments. I do this like so:

April 10, 2010 – 12:09pm WordPress navigation, link to page or category

Here is a quick snippet of a non-elegant way to create a navigation for a wordpress template. This sample includes links to specific pages using get_permalink() and is_page(), along with get_category_link() and in_category(). Using these functions you can determine if each link should be in its active state or not.

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April 7, 2010 – 6:40pm symfony forms: hide created_at, updated_at columns

There are a few different methods you can use if you’d like to hide created_at and updated_at columns from your generated forms.

The first way, and the easiest, is to simply unset the fields in your form class:

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March 30, 2010 – 8:06pm Symfony 1.2 doctrine file upload in form

Here are the required modifications for to a form class that contains a file upload field in symfony 1.2 using doctrine (and it probably works with propel, too).

March 30, 2010 – 7:31pm twitter contest rules

I’ve wondered what the rules and regulars are surrounding holding a contest in which prizes are given away based on “tweeted” entries. Many years ago a business of mine sponsored a large-scale sweepstakes, and besides the “no purchase necessary” clause, we had to accept hand entries via mail. Here is a snippet of some official rules to one such twitter contest. If you or your clients plan on using a scheme like this for marketing purposes, it may come in handy. Obviously I am not a lawyer (“IANAL”) so if you plan on running a similar contest make sure you cover your bases!

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March 26, 2010 – 1:11pm Process for Submitting your iPad App to the App Store

March 27th is the deadline to submit your new iPad application if you want it to be in the app store the for iPad launch date, April 3rd.

I took some notes during TUAW’s Dev Clinic discussion on the process to compile your app and upload it to iTunes: More…

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March 23, 2010 – 4:20pm AirPort Extreme vs AirPort Express

I recently updated our home network from an AirPort Express (802.11g) to an AirPort Extreme (late 2009, dual-band). The AirPort Express works great; it’s small, easy to set up, and we only have a few devices on our network and use it to stream music just about all day long. The only time we encounter some trouble is when we use the microwave, which causes our internet to cut out about half the time. Additionally, there are a lot of networks in the area on the same frequencies, so I imagine there is some interference caused by these 15 – 20 other networks using the same channels. More…

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