All of Jacob Emerick's posts, page 18 of 50.

PDO Connection Timeouts and Aura.Sql

For today's PHP developer there is only one way to code a connection to a database: PDO, an access abstraction layer that is a common extension to the core. It works across different databases (MySQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, etc), is class-based, and is also fairly lightweight. If a developer wants an…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted February 12, 2015
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Superstition Peak

Superstition Peak cloaked in darkness

A few weeks had passed since Chris and I hiked the length of the Superstition Ridge. That had been a big milestone for both of us, a long all-day hike that introduced us to some of wild lands that the Arizona desert could offer. Something bugged me about it, though. We had previously climbed North…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 10, 2015
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Browns Peak of Four Peaks

Roosevelt Lake in the dim light

Chris and I had already completed two iconic Phoenix hikes: Camelback and Superstition Ridge. It's weird to put those two in the same class, with Camelback a single 1200' climb and the ridge around 5000' of continuous up and down. Anyways, the third iconic hike beckoned to us far to the northeast,…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 6, 2015
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R Analysis on Git Log Data

A few weeks ago at work one of the managers asked me an interesting question. They were preparing an end-of-year presentation and needed to some stats for a few slides. Paraphrased, 'How many commits did the team deploy in 2014 and is there anything else interesting in those numbers?'.

Please note:…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted February 2, 2015
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Along the Superstition Ridgeline

Night lights bright over Phoenix

Bleary-eyed we stumbled along the rocky path to Siphon Draw. Chris and I had agreed to an early start for this hike thinking that we'd be familiar enough with the trail to Flatiron to tackle it in the dark. Knowing the general landscape of the trail does not stop you from tripping over railroad ties…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 30, 2015
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Desert Hiking Goals for 2015

Usually around this time I have a full list of hikes to tackle for the year, an ambitious list of mountain peaks and waterfalls and other remote areas. A list focused on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, that is. It has been hard to get as excited for Arizona hikes. I've mentioned several times that…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 28, 2015
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Beverly Loop of South Mountain

Low hills around the trailhead

Flushed with recent successes I quickly rushed Noah through his morning routines. Last week him and I had a great time on the Goldmine Loop of the San Tan Regional Park, a fun adventure that I was hoping to turn into a regular occurrence. For today I had picked out a nearby destination (South…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 23, 2015
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Flatiron of the Superstition Mountains

Imposing silhouette of the Superstitions

Dim light seeped in from the east over the ridge, just enough to highlight the impressive rocky peaks of the Superstition Mountains. Everything else was dark. Our trail was dark, the cacti surrounding us was dark, and the mid-sized rocks that waited to roll under our ankles were dark. We carefully…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 21, 2015
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A Twitter Bot for Pushups

A few months back I started building a streaming Twitter bot, an idea of mine that had been stewing around for most of the year. As with most projects I got sidetracked, this time by a cross-country move, and it took me to the first day of 2015 to release the prototype. A rough prototype at that.

My…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted January 16, 2015
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Missed Waterfalls of Middle Branch Escanaba

Beside Warner Falls

Flowing south from the iron mining highlands of Champion and Negaunee, the Escanaba River spends most of its length trickling through swamps before emptying into Lake Michigan near Escanaba. It has three main branches, the middle and east ones meeting up at Gwinn and the west some ten miles…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 13, 2015
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