Articles

A collection of articles and snippets I've collected over the years.


Using a Standing Desk for Work: Day 1

January 13, 2015

We've been toying with the idea of using a standing desk for work quite a while after we had read about them on the internet. The benefits of using them are still unproven but after experiencing...

Scriptaculous Ajax Autocomplete callback example

December 6, 2014

Recently, whilst working on an old website at work, I found a need to add additional parameters to a Script.aculo.us Ajax.autocomplete call The documentation show that this is possible via the...

Apache htaccess password authentication, optimisation, and caching

November 30, 2014

Just some Apache configuration stuff.

Job Control Commands: fg, bg and ctrl-z

September 16, 2014

I have a script polling a Beanstalkd queue and needed to put it into the background, and bring it to the front whilst debugging it.

Fix for MySQL error Code 1217 – A foreign key constraint fails

August 13, 2014

If you're trying to update or drop a table in MySQL and you're getting the error 'Error Code: 1217. Cannot delete or update a parent row: a foreign key constraint fails' you need to toggle the...

Inspecting jQuery event handlers

August 5, 2014

Ever had issues finding where a JQuery click handler is defined? Got a project with LOTS of Javascript and can't find where an event is handled? Here's how to find out using Google Chrome. 1. Inspect...

Feature Estimation: What is the real cost of adding a feature to a website?

July 25, 2014

When a client requests a feature, how do you provide a reasonable estimate? What do you base your estimate on. How much contingency do you add?

Grep Apache access log for browser and OS version

June 5, 2014

Today I've needed to find out if it was worth testing a client's website with Safari 5 on Windows. Here's some shell foo to find out from an access log

Install NodeJS and Bower on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise

April 29, 2014

I'm using Bower on a few projects at work to manage the JavaScript dependencies and it works perfectly for my needs. The only issue is that the websites are currently deployed on Ubuntu 12.04 and the...

Ignore PHP Strict Errors and Warnings

March 31, 2014

After upgrading to PHP5.4 on one of our older code-bases I'm finding the error logs full of PHP Strict Errors and warnings. As this code is old and not financially viable to fix all these issues I...

How I use Git for Web Development

March 13, 2014

I have a few steps I usually follow when I find myself working on one of these websites so here's how I use Git with Web Development.

Quick Tip: PHPstorm Find and Replace Regex Dollar Sign ($)

March 1, 2014

If you need to perform a Find and Replace with a Regex in PHPStorm and want to replace a dollar sign ($) you'll need to escape it with a double slash

Fix for PHP ‘ Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in …’

February 14, 2014

Whilst working on a legacy project* at work I'm getting lots of pages with the PHP warning "Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in ...". The warning is showing because I like to develop...

Can’t find VirtualBox Guest Additions ISO?

February 13, 2014

Can't find the VirtualBox Guest Additions ISO? Here's a link to the VirtualBox downloads server.

Why NPR’s intern didn’t like Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’

January 23, 2014

Today I read a well written blog post over at NPR Music called ‘You’ve never heard Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back’ in which one of their young interns, Austin...

Raspberry Pi with XBMC, Composite-Video and PAL

January 16, 2014

Tonight I have set up my Raspberry Pi with XBMC, S-Video and PAL mode. There were a couple of hurdles to get over but it's working fine now.