Author Archives: Justin D. Henry

Automatically fill forms with hCard mapper

Omnia Computing’s hCardMapper is yet another example (tip of an iceberg, really) of the power of microformats. Think how quickly your users will be able to fill out your registration forms if when they have a public hCard. I’d like to see a greasemonkey script that uses this so I can auto fill other people’s [...]

Remembering syntax patterns through context

Speaking of array functions in PHP, ExpressionEngine developer Derek Jones shares a trick for remembering which order to send your arguments in when using various php search functions. All array-related functions use needle, haystack and all string-related functions use haystack, needle. There are certain words in the english language which no matter how many times [...]

Brevity and Readability

So I’m cruising along in Ruby one day, when all at once I realize I’ve stopped writing. I’m stuck. I needed to compare two arrays, and trim one so that any records in it would be removed if they existed in the other one. In PHP, one way to do this would be to loop [...]

Tags vs. Categories

The distinction between tags and categories is an oft-requested point of clarification. The question has been asked at every blog workshop I’ve run, and yet for some reason I still find myself struggling to find the best way to explain it. Well no more. In the process of posting a killer new release of his [...]

Seven Days is publishing their archives

Local alt-weekly Seven Days is in the process of re-publishing their archives: We’re starting with 2001, and working our way back. We’ll also be filling in the holes in 2002-2007. If you want to check our progress, click on the Search/Index page of our site, scroll to the bottom, and click to the last page [...]

Burlington PHP Users Group

Last week saw quite a turnout at the Burlington PHP Users Group meeting. The event featured a talk by Matthew Weier O’Phinney, from the Zend Framework team at Zend Technologies. The discussion was lively and informative – there was a really good mix of people there, which made for great conversation. We even had some [...]

iPhone coming to Vermont

Looks like the iPhone may finally be available in the Green Mountain State after all. The news comes as part of a wireless network swap between AT&T and Verizon. The Rutland Herald has a look at the deal and some of it’s implications for Vermont. (Via Paul Martin‘s Twitter.)

Simply mouth-watering

Congratulations to my culinary-inclined friends at Simple Measure. They just celebrated their first blog birthday. I’m not a vegetarian, but with these creations I could imagine making the switch without skipping a beat.

Visualizing consumption

A colleague sent me a link to this nifty flash based building monitor for UVM’s new student union. It’s nice to be able to visualize resource consumption on this kind of scale, and still have it tied to something you use every day. Hopefully there will eventually be more than a months worth of data [...]

James Bennet on frameworks (again)

James Bennet is once more talking about web frameworks. Like his previous articles on the subject, he hits the nail on the head. Wherever you are in the web development spectrum – front-end, back-end, management, all of the above – it’s worth a look.