All of Jacob Emerick's posts, page 51 of 52.

Static Star Rating System

This post assumes basic understanding of CSS and website images.

Following the rule of separation of content and design, most web developers will limit any design element images to page's stylesheet. This includes repeating header, footer, logos, and body images. You can do some tricks with these…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 28, 2009
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Getting Fired

I was hired to work for Michigan Technological University after a short, informal process immediately after graduating in the spring of 2008. Starting under the department of Auxiliary Technologies as a beginning web developer, I was the sole manager for dozens of websites and web applications.…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted April 26, 2009
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Topographic Images on a Google Map

This post assumes intermediate understanding of the Google Maps API.

While I was working on a personal project I bumped into the need to create a Google Map that included locations and driving directions of the different Keweenaw waterfalls. This gave me the opportunity to learn about the Google…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 23, 2009
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A Keweenaw Hike

Jacob's Falls

On several waterfall hikes in the Keweenaw during the summer of 2008 attempting to find Copper Falls, I became confused by different directions and descriptions of the drops along the creek. Owl Creek starts from a swampy lake on the top of Brockway ridge, heading downhill to the north past an old…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 20, 2009
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Using Mod Rewrite to Mask Variables

This post assumes that you are familiar with server side scripting, if/then statements, and basic website development.

When I first started working with web development, I always assumed that there was a one-to-one relation to a unique URL and file on the server. That is, every time a user clicks…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 17, 2009
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Huron Mountain Range

Rocky outcroppings near the Yellow Dog River

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan isn't particularly known for its mountains. While the terrain is more rugged than the Lower Peninsula, there are no vistas that compare to the Rocky or Appalachian Mountain states. However, there is one group of peaks collectively known as the Huron Mountains worth…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 15, 2009
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Cross Site Status Updater

This post assumes semi-advanced understanding of PHP scripting as well as basic understanding of Twitter and Facebook.

When I started working on launching my personal website, an interesting problem came up. I wanted to have a feature that showed a current status on my site, similar to a Facebook…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 12, 2009
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Why I Write Complaint Code

A few weeks back a colleague presented me with an interesting question. He works with an Oracle database and PL/SQL (a programming language deeply tied to Oracle) to create website applications. As he wasn't too familiar with HTML and other modern web content trends, he often ran into issues with…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 10, 2009
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Waterfalls of the Keweenaw

Young Logan at Rice Lake

After graduating from Michigan Tech, I started to realize just how much free time I was going to have after a normal work day. The month of May was a bit hectic; moving into a new house, starting a new job, and adopting an 8 week old puppy was enough to keep both Katie and I occupied, but when my…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 7, 2009
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Current Programming Languages

I started learning about web development during the summer of 2006 when I took an undergraduate course at Michigan Tech involving basic xHTML and CSS. My professor was very strict on certain coding points, such as using valid, clean xHTML and the separation of content and style, which I still…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted April 6, 2009
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