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On Semantic Versioning

What is it? If you are a software developer, you may have heard of Semantic Versioning, as outlined here: http://semver.org/ What this is, is a set of rules for versioning stuff with public APIs (usually library components) in order to minimise Dependency Hell. Dependency Hell is something rather common that you encounter with package managers, where libraries that depende upon…

My early new year’s resolution…

… is 3840×2160 😉 . I  used to have 3 monitors side by side and then decided that it really wasn’t comfortable despite the love I had for the real estate they offered.   After researching a bit on 4K a few months ago, I decided that they were too expensive to seriously consider; a thought that crossed my mind…

Holy Tonewood

I have a problem with unsubstantiated claims that are based on “personal experience”, belief or statements “simple and/or obvious knowledge” which are in turn non-provable in the lab. This especially applies to musicians who seem to find all kinds of differences and using “experience” in order to convince everyone else about what’s the proper way to do things.

The obsolete nature of Internet Explorer

I rarely take on consulting jobs nowadays, but this post still stands even on the wake of Internet Explorer’s planned demise.   Here’s a declaration I’m making regarding the nature of web projects I’m willing to undertake: Support for the latest non-beta versions of every web browser occurs at no extra charge to the total development cost. Support for inherently…

Weird ASP.net PathInfo behaviour

This post is about an ASP.net quirk and the (lack of) solution of it.

It’s a known fact that ASP.net WebMethods as provided by the ASP.net AJAX framework use what’s known as the path info of a url in order to map a request to a Web method. In other words, suppose you need to call a WebMethod called AWebMethod() in page APage.aspx. Suppose your application resides in http://anapplication.com (I really spent some time thinking about proper names about these. Really).

XSL transformations are awful and create memory leaks!

You know that they suck, so I won’t elaborate on that point, but what about the memory leaks in .net framework?

We had an issue at work with our IISs going crazy and shutting down after a few days of operation. The sysadmin investigated and attributed it to excessive memory usage, having w3wp.exe reaching memory consumption numbers close to the theoretical maximum of a 32-bit process. This problem was postponed for a future investigation since there was no time to resolve it.

WordPress 3.x on IIS 7.x with Unicode Permalinks – Problem SOLVED!

Generally speaking, I don’t like wasting time hunting down framework bugs. It’s not that I don’t like a challenge, it’s just that they are usually hard and very time consuming to fix (if at all possible), especially in case you have to deal with fringe cases (in other words, “Google isn’t going to help”). Since we have lots of clients…

On Forum software

Recently, I was searching the web for some information on a subject (I won’t get into details, suffice to say that it had to do with my sound card) when a promising link lead me to a forum discussion (which I won’t name here for obvious reasons). A user had uploaded an image as an attachment with his message so…

PHP and Unicode’s Byte Order Mark

I’ve started messing around with custom websites based on WordPress lately, since it offers a very flexible platform with lots of functionality while still allowing you to customize the final result to your heart’s content. Really, the only real issues with this approach is that 1) we are talking about PHP which happens to not be my platform of choice…

South Park’s sleazy message

So, here goes: I am a South Park fan. The spiritual child of Matt Stone & Trey Parker, (almost) always manages to crack me up; at least when the toilet humour is kept to a minimum. I find myself disagreeing with some of the messages its creators try to shove in our heads however.   Most people believe that the…