Author Archives: Simone

Effortless, template-based dynamic tables

When you develop web applications for a living, sooner or later you’ll need to allow the user to edit collections of data. For instance: Some option… Field 1 Options To create something like this, I’ve been using a very rough … Continue reading

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Keeping script kiddies at bay with mod_evasive and iptables

mod_evasive is a nice Apache module that helps to protect your server against DoS attacks. However, when a client is blocked, it will keep on using resources on your server. Even if the request will result in a 403 error, … Continue reading

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Quick Sprites: CSS sprites, the easy way

The use of CSS sprites is a valuable techique for any web developer who wishes to optimize his web site, making it both faster for users and better ranked by search engines. However, it usually involves more work to pack … Continue reading

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Scraping App Store reviews, page after page…

Someone pointed out that my little scraping script was fetching only some of the reviews of his app. Indeed, it was only considering the first “page” of results. So, I’ve just updated it to grab ‘em all. The new version … Continue reading

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The Lion, the Witch and the Xcode

…or maybe it was “The Lion, the Bug and the Xcode“? Anyway, if you just upgraded your system to Lion, then downloaded the new Xcode from the App Store, tried to run it just to get welcomed by a sparkling … Continue reading

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Special Tablatures offer coming up this week

A very special Tablatures offer will be available this weekend at Bits du Jour: a whopping 46% off the regular price! If the only reason why you haven’t started writing your music with Tablatures yet is because you were thinking … Continue reading

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Scraping Mac App Store reviews

You have some products on the Mac App Store, you would like to know what people think of them but you can’t bother checking for reviews one store at a time? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I can’t understand why … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

My best wishes for a great 2011 to everyone!

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Using SQLi Import with Oracle

SQLi Import is a nice eZ Publish extension that allows you to develop data importers in a quick and elegant way. Sadly, it comes only with MySQL support, but it takes only a minute to make it work with Oracle … Continue reading

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Serendipity to WordPress

I’ve moved a couple of my blogs from Serendipity to WordPress (mostly because I’ve discovered that Serendipity has some issues with newer PHP setups, but also because I’m getting lazy and WordPress’ admin panel is nicer than s9y’s ;-)). Luckily … Continue reading

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