A reader asked what I'd recommend in terms of a good book for learning HTML5 and after realizing I had no idea, I thought I'd post it here and let my smart readers (yes I'm buttering you up) have a say. To be clear, the reader is looking for books. In general I'd easily recommend the Mozilla Developer Network for this information online, but obviously you can't (shouldn't) print that out.
So, what do recommend?
A few days ago I ran across an interesting post on Stack Overflow, Is there any way to retrieve random row from indexeddb? The posted answer used the following process:
I'm assuming most people who care have already watched this online, but I'm sharing it anyway. Today the teaser for the next Star Wars film launched and it is incredible. I know a lot of folks hated the prequels and will remind me that the first teaser for them was pretty exciting as well. I don't care. The prequels were not as cool as I had hoped, but frankly, I didn't mind. I enjoyed them. Not as much as the original series, which by the way, also had its groan-worthy moments, but I had a heck of a lot of fun just watching them. I'm thrilled by what I see here. The Stormtroopers, in particular, look to be bad ass. One of the best parts of the Prequels was seeing the Clone Troopers as an effective fighting force. I'd like to see them kicking butt again in this new series, especially if we get to see the Empire in the Rebellion's role from the classic series. Much smaller, much leaner, etc. Any way, enjoy.
As folks know, I've been working on transitioning to Disqus over the past week. I ran into multiple problems, and I made multiple mistakes, but today the process completed and I'm ready to share details about my BlogCFC export script as well as some tips for others who may be considering making the jump.
Hey - guess what? I'm working on a book. This time the publisher is Manning, and one of the cool things they do is allow early access to a book. You basically pay for it while it is being developed and you can provide feedback to help improve the text. Obviously you get corrected/new chapters as they come out as well. If this is appealing to you, you can head over to the book page now.
Well, I'm disappointed to say the least. I've had good luck with Disqus pretty much everywhere I've used it, but my attempts to migrate my 50K+ comments over have been met with a great amount of difficulty. I'm not giving up, but hopefully my notes here will help others.
Over the past year or so I've been playing around with static site generators. After nearly fifteen years spent building dynamic web applications on the server-side, a simple solution involving a static site generator can be pretty darn appealing. Unfortunately, moving to static means you need to find alternatives for things that simply can't be static. Forms, forums, calendars, etc. I discussed options to handle this problem in my article for modernweb, Moving to Static and Keeping Your Toys. Today I'm going to introduce you to another option I discovered yesterday, FormKeep
So - this is kind of crazy. Yesterday I fired up ColdFusion 11 to test something and discovered that every request for a CFM returned an error. The error was a Null Pointer Exception so not terribly helpful. (Or so I thought.) I checked the logs and saw this:
Just a quick note. I've mentioned that I'm in the process of migrating the blog to a new platform (Wordpress). As part of that migration, I've went ahead and switched to Disqus. I'm still working on my export script (I'll share that when done) and since it will take up to 24 hours for the data to migrate (when I actually get the migration script even done!) I thought I'd take the plunge and enable it now.
However - that leaves me with having to display both the "old" comments (all 50,000+ of them) along with Disqus. I've done that now. Basically I just added the embed and removed the "Add Comment" form. I also put a little note so it was (hopefully) a bit obvious as to what in the heck was happening.
I know some folks aren't a fan of Disqus, but, going forward, this helps me make the blog a bit more migratable. (That's not a word and my editor is going to fuss at me. ;)