DataTables Anywhere

Have you ever been on Wikipedia – or some other such site – and found a large table of useful information, and become frustrated because you’re unable to do anything useful with the data? For crying out loud, it’s all right there! Why can’t anyone search, sort and otherwise modify the data right in page?

You can! Assuming you don’t mind getting your hands dirty…

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Getting The Most From Sublime Text 3

Using a text editor as an IDE sounds antediluvian, right? Well, then you probably haven’t tried Sublime Text. With it’s modern UI, superb performance, and fantastic feature set, it’s a must-have whether you’re a developer or a writer. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of the best text editor to come along in the last decade.

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Songs Lyrics Apparently Only I Misunderstood

Recently, a coworker and I were in the middle of a conversation about an architectural decision (made by people above our pay grade) that was causing some controversy on the team.

“Okay,” he prefaced, “here’s the situation…”

“Your parents went away on a weeks vacation?” I immediately interjected.

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Why Guardians of the Galaxy Is The Best Thing Marvel Could Have Done

The announcement of Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) as the 10th installment in the spectacular Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), was met with mixed reactions. I, on the other hand, was super excited; rewatching each trailer dozens of times in anticipation.

After seeing the movie last night, I believe that GotG is the absolute best thing Marvel could have done for the franchise, and I’ll tell you why without any spoilers.

Except the ones in the section marked Spoilers, at the end…

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Introducing : Grapevine, A C# REST Server Class Library

Grapevine is .NET 4.0 class library I wrote in C# to provide my applications with an easy way to include a REST server without a dependency on ASP.NET.  While I was at it, I made it a simple HTTP server at the same time.  And added the ability to be a REST client, too.  All that, in one simple class library.

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Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube, I bring you something totally unrelated!

The End Is Coming?

To all you like-minded individuals who see the impending rise of the undead and want to be as prepared as you can, may I provide you with my favorite Zombie Survival Sheet.

Zombie Survival Sheet v 5.0
Zombie Survival Sheet v 5.0

Use this handy reference to help you plan, purchase, and stockpile your way to long term survival.

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Declassifying Perl Method Arguments

I have plans to do an entire series of articles on the sheer awesomeness that is my native tongue (Perl).  I envision whole sections dedicated to setting up your environment, tips for beginners and intermediates alike, and maybe an advanced topic or two.  At that point, this blog post will firmly fall under the category of “Appendix“.

Nevertheless, this information was hard earned and will save me lots of time, so I wanted to share in the blessed bliss.

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My Favorite String Extensions

I know, it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like the old black-and-white TV show title.

As early as Visual Studio 2008, C# has provided a special kind of static method called extension methods.  We can use these extension methods to extend a class or interface, but not override it.  This provides the ability to “add” methods to existing types without creating a new derived type, recompiling, or otherwise modifying the original type.

Think of it as Microsoft’s answer to prototype in Javascript, letting you add methods on the fly to any type you want.  I took advantage of them  in a recent article I wrote on extending enum using custom attributes.

By far my favorite use of extension methods are when it comes to manipulating Strings.  It must be the Perl in me.  So, without any further ado, here are a few of my faves.

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