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Shortcuts Cut You Back

DECEMBER 21, 2004

As most people know, there are two ways to do something:

Making web content disappear based on a passed db parameters

OCTOBER 15, 2004

I had a task a few days ago where I wanted to make web content appear and disappear depending on some backend DB constraints. So CSS/DHTML was the obvious choice!! By setting "style.visibility " to either 'visible' or 'hidden' you can reveal or hide web content with ease. so off I went and coded............

Web Application Specifications

MAY 11, 2004

You really do not know the meaning of fun until you have written a detailed project specification for a Web application that will run the day to day operations of a very busy business. Of course I am being sarcastic...

Javascript toFloat()

MAY 7, 2004

This week while writing some code, we needed to change a field from a float (which display about 19 decimal points by default) to a number with was 2 decmial points. In PHP this isnt an issue but we thought that in Javascript it would be. If you are running

Comparing values with == and ===

APRIL 28, 2004

Do you know the difference between the following operator use? if ($a==$b){} and if ($a===$b){} The first one compares only value, the second one compares value and type.

Updating parent window from child window

APRIL 28, 2004

I had an issue a few weeks ago when I needed a popup window for some added functionality. THis was not an issue as you could use the javascript window.open() to acheive this. The issue though was I needed to update the parent window with the new info added or updated in the current popup window...

What is the Probability that a Comp Sci Student is a Mathematician

APRIL 26, 2004

This semester I am taking a class in probability. It is one of the harder maths that I've taken. The math is one of electives I need to take that have a Calc I pre-req. It seems to me that this is more of a class for math students then for Computer Science students...

VBScript (ASP) and Why it is not the Way

MARCH 31, 2004

The past few days have been pretty annoying. I've been working in ASP using VBScript, fixing up a site for a customer. I noticed a few things that made me think, "do people who write vb really think their language is really powerful?" Some of the issues I've run into: 1) Code is messy...

Writing dynamically generated Javascript

MARCH 25, 2004

This week I had the need to write a rather complicated/messy piece of JavaScript. The basic task was as follows. We had 2 sets of 3 drop downs. Each set of 3 represented a time in a 24 hour day...

"Diff"ing to your advantage

MARCH 3, 2004

One of the many useful tools in the Unix toolkit is "diff". Basicaly, it allows you to tell the difference between 2 files rather quickly (it does some other things as well..refer to the "man" pages). The issue is that 1. It is NOT on Windows 2. Refer to above I found an equivalent on google called "winmerge"...

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