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Atlanta and Silicon Valley

June 8, 2006 | Clients

Atlanta Technology Executive (and recent friend) Scott Burkett blogged recently on what Atlanta can do to emulate the entrepreneurial environment of Silicon Valley. Having lived in both areas, I’ve had a chance to meet and work with many remarkable entrepreneurs.

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Experiments with Python, PyObjC, and Cocoa

June 7, 2006 | Mac

As a consultant, I am working on a piece of software for an engineering firm. The engineers would like an easy way to write plugins for the application. I thought to myself, “Myself, perhaps the plugins could be written using Python.” So, I downloaded the latest version of PyObjC and installed it. This posting is to share the three examples that I wrote in my exploration.

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Configuring WebDAV for cross-platform file sharing

March 1, 2006

Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is an often-overlooked protocol that can provide cross-platform file sharing with minimal client-side configuration. This article explains how to configure WebDAV servers on Windows with IIS, on Mac OS X and Linux with Apache, and how to connect using built-in WebDAV clients on all three OSes.

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Simple Debugging in PEAR::DB

February 19, 2006 | Back-End | Leveling Up

One of the most important (and least loved) activities in a programmer’s life is debugging code. When debugging PHP, there are several strategies, ranging from strategic use of print_r to elaborate systems that send debugging information to specific debug tables in a database.

In this article, we look at a simple tip for finding errors in SQL code when using PEAR::DB.

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Uploading Files with PHP

December 18, 2005

Content management is a nearly universal challenge when discussing any data-driven web site. As a developer, you can create your own system or use any one of a number of sophisticated open-source or third-party packages. Many times, however, you have a simple concept in mind and you want to create your own – especially if you have very specific needs that existing solutions cannot easily accommodate. At some point, you are going to want to let users upload files. Sometimes reluctantly, but it will happen. PHP 5 handles this need very well.

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Cross-Platform GUI Remote Login Roundup

December 12, 2005

Graphical remote login sessions can be valuable tools for cross-platform server administration. This article is an overview of the best applications for cross-platform GUI remote login in a mixed network of Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix computers.

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