Archive for February, 2010

Your Best (Regex) Buddy

February 20th, 2010 1 comment
Name: RegexBuddy
Version Reviewed: 3.4.1
Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7
Price: 39.95 single user license.
Good: Decodes regular expressions.
Contextual assist allows building expressions without knowing any syntax.
Supplies access to help forums directly through a tab.
Allows debugging of expressions.
Provides a library of pre-made expressions for all types of data.
Bad: No free trial.

No More Loosing Your Mind

Regular expressions.  The term should fill you with both a magical wonder of one of the most powerful languages in all of code-dom, and an overpowering frost-fingered fear of one of the most complex languages on Earth.  Next to a Hopi Code Talker, a Wizened Old Unix Guru that can spout regex like it was his first languages is one of the most rare (and probably well-paid) individuals in the world.  For us developers that need to use them once in a while, though, winding our way through the syntax is time-consuming and confusing and sometimes doesn’t end well.

I’ve seen several tools over the years to help with the regex syntax, but about a year ago, a friend of mine turned me on to RegexBuddy.  Three seconds later, I owned a license. Read more…

Recipe: Shepard’s Pie

February 6th, 2010 No comments

I’m hungry!

Wait, what???? This is a techie blog, not a foodie rag, so what in the name of the bleeding edge is a post of the gastronomical persuasion doing here??? Look – even über-geeks can’t live on just pizza and soda (for more than a few weeks).  Seeing as how we usually don’t have much time to spend making food, I’ve got a list of a few quick dishes I can make that last me a few meals, saving me time and keeping me fueled for those long hours toiling over a hot keyboard.  I’ve been asked by a friend to share one, and so I figured I’d bump my post average be a good friend and write it up for her here.  Don’t worry – I’m not going to do this often.  Take a little advise, though, and remember that the most successful geeks do not stay attached to the keyboard and mouse 24/7.  They have other hobbies too. Read more…

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Oracle: Paging Results

February 5th, 2010 No comments

Paging Oracle developers…

This will be a quick post, as the problem is small.  I will add, though, that setting up paging with database queries can be a major pain in the ass.  Setting up the consumer – usually jQuery, ExtJS, DWR, or some other AJAX client, is hard enough, but then you have to translate the client’s version of “start-limit” to the persistance-side’s language.  Sometimes it’s a simple start/limit pair, sometimes it’s a start/page pair, and then there’s Oracle, which decided to punt on the whole thing. Read more…

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