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Ghost.org, a blogging platform made for love, not profit

I've recently started using Ghost.org, an open-source blogging platform that it's developer, John O'Nolan, hopes will bring back the art of "just blogging1". Ghost, unlike established players like WordPress or Joomla, has no interest in being a content-management system. It's meant to be simple to setup and use. I liked the promise of Ghost. Unlike most blogging platforms today which are based on PHP, Ghost is built on top of the popular server-side2 JavaScript engine, Node.js. Today it's no longer…

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The Need to Code | jacquesmattheij.com

That process, the act of programming, is something that I need to do. Whether to make a living or to be fooling around with some idea, the bug is in my system and I highly doubt that it will ever leave me permanently. I can see myself taking a break, but I can't see myself ever stopping. All I'll end up doing then is to change my mode from work to play and eventually that will lead back to some…

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Adding style to perl code

Programming, Code, Coding, Programmer, Javascript

Perl has always been my favourite command line and web programming language. There is nothing Perl can’t do. The Perl language combined with the large quantities of modules on CPAN (developed by some of the best programmers on the planet) make it the kitchen sink of programming languages. I like to make my code as easy to read as possible. Nothing irks me more than a jumble of spaghetti code with indents and curly braces everywhere. I admit that there…

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AJAX Toolkits

Ajaxian conducted a recent survery on Ajax toolkits/frameworks. The "winner" was Prototype ( a new one to me ) which is a Ruby-based framework. Wow! I did not realise there were so many AJAX frameworks out there! I use Sajax ( it is simple ) and have been experimenting with Backbase ( too complex for me ). PHP turns out to be the most popular server-side web development platform. Good news for me. I have been using PHP more often…

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perl.com: Using Ajax from Perl

Programming, Code, Coding, Programmer, Javascript

Using Ajax from Perl by Dominic Mitchell If you're even remotely connected to web development, you can't have failed to have heard of Ajax at some point in the last year. It probably sounded like the latest buzzword and was one of those things you stuck on the 'must read up on later' pile. While it's definitely a buzzword, it's also quite a useful one. Found this very useful article on perl.com. I've recently added some asynchronous JavaScript calls to…

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