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Intro to SQL Part C

While the last two posts focused heavily on theory and fundamentals of SQL it's time to start on the actual usage. There's a ton of good tutorials out there that skip right to the code, but as a young developer, I wasn't convinced that SQL was a worthwhile tool until I was forced to use it. I wanted…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 10, 2009
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Intro to SQL Part B

In my last post, I introduced some of the basic ideas of data storage and how I came to realize that SQL would be a great solution to my content handling problems. Now I'd like to walk through some of the more advanced concepts and start going through some basic uses. There's plenty of great…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 8, 2009
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Intro to SQL Part A

I like to think of myself as a practical web developer. With no true formal training, most of what I use to make my web sites is self-taught. Instead of trying to apply what I learned in a classroom into an online project, I went out and learned what I needed to get a project done. This allowed me…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted December 6, 2009
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Web Development Goals

I've always been a bit of a goal- and task- orientated person. The only thing I enjoy more than making a long to do list at the beginning of a week is crossing the items off of the list one at a time. Now that I'm a 'real adult' with a full time job and puppy, I decided to create a list of goals to…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted November 28, 2009
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The Last Waterfall Hike

Bridge over Mulligan Creek

My last hike for the waterfall project was on April 29, 2009. For the last two months I had been on a crazy schedule re-visiting all of the waterfalls I found last summer and collecting accurate coordinates with a new GPS unit as well as finding new falls within my radius to add to my site. Since I…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted November 24, 2009
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Tips on Personal Sites

Over the last six months or so, I've found myself spending a large amount of time working on personal websites. What is a personal site? Well, as a web developer I work on three broad categories of websites: fulltime-job websites that have to work within branding and technological constraints,…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted November 19, 2009
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Epic Hiking Adventures Plan

One of my fondest memories of my years in Houghton, MI is the waterfall project of 2008-2009. Even though it took an actual project to get me to explore the beautiful wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, I really looked forward to my hours of wandering through the woods. After the epic adventures of…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted November 2, 2009
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MVC CSS Stylesheets

While working on redoing my website using a custom model-view-controller framework I decided that it was a good time to do some extra cleanup. After all, cleaning up the backend only changes the content portion of the site. There's much more to websites - styles, behaviors, cache control - then the…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 26, 2009
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Using Headers for Caching

One of my main goals while redoing my website is to optimize my content, both on the frontend and backend. The frontend is something that I've always considered to be the most important in terms of a fast user experience - I'm not crunching enough data on the backend to worry about long processing…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 14, 2009
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Website Overhaul

It may be no surprise to any of my long-term visitors, but I've decided to perform a deep overhaul of my website. Based partly on my recent introduction to model-view-control frameworks and partly on research into web caching and optimization, I've spent a good chunk of time analyzing my current and…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 9, 2009
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Activity Stream

  • Blogged about hiking | Two Hikes in Show Low.
  • Read Reamde by Neal Stephenson.
  • Hiked 2.20 miles and felt good.
  • Tweeted | Preparing to enter a four day weekend of solo parenting. We’re gonna need more Zin in this house.
  • Tweeted | @hikearizona :dance:
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