Author Archives: fbloggs

Check out my jQuery beginners Article at iprodeveloper.com

By | April 12, 2013

The article Dive Into jQuery (Part 1 appears in the April online and print editions of iProDeveloper.com. The target audience is primarily IBM i developers, but it’s actually a good introduction for anyone, regardless of server-side technology, who wants to learn jQuery.

Using Laravel: How To Use Routes, Controllers and Filters For Public and Private sections of a CMS site

By | January 5, 2013

If you are reading this you probably already know what Laravel is, but just in case: it’s a PHP framework for building applications. It has all the typical stuff such as MVC, DAO, ORM, a templating engine (also supports Twig from Symfony), routes, controllers, clean URLs, RESTful support etc. I really like it because it’s… Read More »

Instructions for using a RAVIOLCASA 12

By | July 24, 2011

This post is for a different kind of technology – a ravioli template for making raviolis from fresh pasta. I have a hand-crank pasta machine that I use occasionally for making homemade pasta- usually fettucini. This weekend I purchased a new gadget for making ravioli – the RAVIOLCASA 12, made by Risoli. It’s an aluminum… Read More »

How To Write an SQL Trigger for IBM i

By | April 24, 2011

In Product Development at our company we are considering a new approach to writing transactions functions (used for shopping cart applications, etc.) which suggests a use for database triggers.  We want to update the transaction header with the current timestamp whenever the transaction detail file is updated. I decided to try using an SQL trigger… Read More »

Tip for getting Gmail email attachments into Google Docs with Chrome

By | February 25, 2011

If you use Gmail and Chrome as your browser you can take advantage of Chrome’s clever file upload functionality to include Gmail attachments in Google docs. Chrome has drag and drop functionality that lets you drag a file from anywhere on your computer to attach it to an email. When you compose an email in… Read More »

New Version of jQuery UI Feedback plugin

By | September 24, 2010

The jQuery UI Feedback plugin I wrote lets you show an informational or error message next to a UI component on your page. Its primary intended use is for AJAX-driven applications, where you want to provide some instant feedback to a user. You can read documentation, download it and try it out at this page… Read More »

How to access cross-domain data with AJAX using JSONP, jQuery and PHP

By | July 9, 2010

I’m guessing that if you are reading this post you have already encountered the problem of the same origin policy with regards to retrieving data with AJAX from urls in other domains than your’s (the requesting domain). This policy, enforced by browsers, means you cannot fetch raw data from other domains with straight AJAX calls.… Read More »

How To Assign The Current Date and Time to a MySQL Datetime Field using PHP

By | February 18, 2010

This is a no-brainer, but I always forget how to do it. MySQL datetime fields are stored in this format: 2010-02-18 10:33:18. Here’s a trivial example showing you how to populate a datetime field with the current date in the correct format, then write it to a table: Another question might be: “Why?” – when… Read More »

The jQuery UI CSS Framework – Part 2: How To Create Widget-style Boxes

By | February 3, 2010

This is the second post in a series on the jQuery UI CSS Framework.    Here’s the first one. Today I’ll show you how to create a nice looking box that has sort of a widget appearance to it. The jQuery UI components already provide similar functionality. For example, the Dialog Box is quite pretty, and… Read More »

How To Embed A Google Calendar Gadget In Your Web Site

By | February 1, 2010

Google provides two simple ways, other than you writing your own client code to talk to their APIs, to embed a calendar in your web page. One method is easily found by Googling for the info. This link explains how you can generate a piece of code directly from your calendar settings page, which you… Read More »