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An Analogy Is Worth a Thousand Pictures

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The famous saying goes that "a picture is worth a thousand words" but when it comes to software development, an environment where you are expected to communicate with business people, I found the saying "an analogy is worth a thousand pictures" to be more applicable. Probably ever since the invention of the computer, those who...
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Demo of Twitter Application-Only OAuth Authentication Using Java

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I found that there was little in the way of examples using Application-Only OAuth...
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Creating A Custom YouTube "Sparkbar"

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I received a question about this a little while ago and I finally got around to making a blog post about it. The person was asking about making a custom YouTube percentage bar like the one you see on videos right above the thumbs up and thumbs down icons. Intrigued I looked at the code and boiled it down to something that perhaps you all could use...
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Context Menus With JQuery

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I was tinkering around with some jQuery...
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Transforming Shapes With Java AffineTranform

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You, a retro gamer, are on a new quest to bring back a classic arcade hit to a whole new generation of space faring digital cosmonauts. But it is dangerous out there and you need to show these rookies the dangers of journeying their ships alone in the vastness of space. So you want to create your own game of Asteroids...
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The Comma Operator in C++

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When we think of the comma character we often think of it as a separator. It separates values in an CSV file, it separates items in lists, it may separate index values in multidimensional arrays (in other languages) and more. But in C++ an obscure way of using them was as an operator. The reason it never made it big as an operator and into the...
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Can Facebook Graph Search Be A Bigger Than Ever Privacy Concern?

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So you have a bunch of friends on Facebook and they know everything about you right? Most likely not. Sure you have some data out there being shared with them, but how many times is someone going to put two and two together to determine if you live in Palo Alto California AND you love puppies? Maybe some, but with Graph search, Facebook’s new...
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Don't Be Afraid To Occasionally Hack

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To hack or not to hack, that is certainly the question! Many programmers who are learning a language tend to follow the structure laid out in a book or provided by a class they took. This is a good thing given that the book/class teaches at least some kind of reasonable coding conventions… which most do. These conventions then tend to be...
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Inserting Images Into MySQL and Retrieving Them Using PHP

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Welcome to another exciting episode! Today we will be discussing a topic that seems to be a bit of a confusing one for everyone... storing BLOB images in MySQL and then showing them again using PHP. While it is always advised against, we will show you a little demo code for how this can be done and discuss why/why not do this. We will then...
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Can a Programmer Write the Perfect Program? Not Without The Help of Others.

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On the Programming Underground we usually talk about code theory or examples, but once in awhile I like to pull up a seat and chat about some of my programming thoughts. Yeah most people think about dinner, going out with friends, picking the kids up on their way home but I am an unusual person, even by programmer standards. My day is often...

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