Category Archives: Programming

Blog posts about programming in general or concerning languages that don’t fit in any other category.

Saying Goodbye To Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 reached its end of life today and will no longer be supported. So today at work I migrated my databases to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and uninstalled Microsoft SQL Server 2005. I figured I might as … Continue reading

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More Startup Progress

Today I began work on the web site for users to sign up for my service. I plan to use the built-in Membership system of an ASP.NET web application. Unfortunately I’ve never really used this and it has changed a … Continue reading

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Startup Progress

Today I made some more progress on my startup project. Today’s task was to research JSONP. JSONP is a method of padding the JSON data with a function call as a way to work around the Cross-Origin Resource Sharing restriction. … Continue reading

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Working On My Startup

I have been working on my startup idea. I have been making excellent progress. First I converted some code for mashing up RSS feeds into an ASP.NET HTTP Handler so it acts more as a proxy service and a web … Continue reading

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Planning A Startup

My freelance web development work has pretty much dried up. I am currently selling stuff on eBay to reduce the clutter in my house and make a little extra money. You can check out the stuff I’m selling at http://www.ebay.com/sch/rrobbins/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1 … Continue reading

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Working On The Web Site

I have not written about my freelance work in a long time. Business has really dried up. I am down to just one client who is not giving me much work. While things are slow I have been working on … Continue reading

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The Best Minds of My Generation Are Writing Code

Allen Ginsberg’s famous poem Howl begins: I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly … Continue reading

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YouTube Data API

Google has changed their YouTube Data API and broken my web pages; YouTube Favorites Back Up and YouTube Subscriptions Back Up. I did manage to rewrite the YouTube favorites back up. It actually backs up a playlist and it can … Continue reading

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ASP.NET 1.1 Is Broken

Recently I came across the first instance I’ve seen of Microsoft dropping support for its legacy web application technology. ASP.NET 1.1 is now seriously broken. Officially, support for ASP.NET 1.1 ended on October 14, 2008. What I am talking about … Continue reading

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Creative Genius And Programming

I consider myself to be a creative genius. My imagination excels at the intuitive leap ahead where something occurs to me like a miracle, without my knowing how I arrived at the idea. Unfortunately this type of creative genius can … Continue reading

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My First GitHub Repository

I have begun to do my research on San Francisco which will be the next major city I visit. San Francisco is a particularly interesting city because it is close to Silicon Valley. A large number of technology companies are … Continue reading

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I Am Studying NHibernate

I have not blogged about programming for a long time. That does not mean that I have not been improving my skills. I frequently come across something new and document it for my notes. For example, I recently discovered that … Continue reading

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Offline Database On iPhone Using SQLite

I like to take my iTouch with me on my trips to New York City so I can listen to music during the long bus trip. I also copy my compiled HTML notes on New York City to my iTouch … Continue reading

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New Drupal Services

I have not been blogging enough about my business. I have been blogging about my travels just to let clients know when I am unavailable. At least that is my justification for blogging about my trips. Recently I have been … Continue reading

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How To Appear To Be A Sophisticated Programmer

During the economic apocalypse it will be increasingly important to stand out from all the other programmers applying for the few remaining jobs. It would certainly help if you appear to be the most sophisticated programmer. There are many ways … Continue reading

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Elgg 1.6 – International Weather Widget

I have created a new Elgg widget to display your local weather on your profile page or the dashboard. In response to suggestions from Elgg users I have revised this widget to support International locations. You can download the plugin … Continue reading

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Elgg 1.6 Threaded Blog Comments

Elgg 1.6 has been released and I’ve created a new version of my threaded comment system to work with the current version. You can download the latest plugin at http://community.elgg.org/pg/plugins/rsrobbins/read/242714/threaded-blog-comments-elgg-16. I made a few improvements while working on the new … Continue reading

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Elgg 1.5 Widget – Amazon Wish List

Yesterday I upgraded my Amazon Wish List widget for Elgg 1.5. You can download it at http://community.elgg.org/pg/plugins/rsrobbins/read/230079/amazon-wish-list-widget Now that I’ve finally completed my work on the threaded comments for Elgg 1.2 it is time to move on to Elgg 1.5 … Continue reading

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Elgg Threaded Blog Comments

I have finally finished my work on a threaded comment system for Elgg 1.2. You can download the plugin at http://community.elgg.org/pg/plugins/rsrobbins/read/228544/threaded-blog-comments This must completely replace the existing blog plugin because the change from an annotation comment to an ElggObject comment … Continue reading

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Vista’s Virtual Store Bites Me In The Ass

I’ve been working on my blog comment threading modification of Elgg for the last few days. As I was copying my files to my iBook to test my instructions on how to implement the changes, I noticed something weird. When … Continue reading

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