meter; the HTML5 element

meter; the HTML5 element

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I'm amazed at how often I still "discover" a new HTML5 element. I say discover because really they're all written down in specs. But then again, who reads specs for their enjoyment? Today I discovered the meter-element (by first discovering the progress-element). They're essentially the same, except that <meter> also adds some sugary deliciousness in the form of colouring. It's here that you should note that IE10 (and higher) only support <progress> at the moment and not <meter>.

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Piwik, a free open-source analytics tool

Piwik, a free open-source analytics tool

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I have been using Piwik for a couple of months and I love it. I started using it first at my internship at leadelephant.com, not really as an analytics tool, but more as a data collection tool. The main goal of Piwik is an analytics tool, a direct competitor to Google Analytics. But it's really more than that. Like the data collection method I just mentioned, it could also be a community monitoring tool, which is how we use it atย Habbies.

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Akismet doesn't cut it anymore, utilize Cloudflare against spam

Akismet doesn't cut it anymore, utilize Cloudflare against spam

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Spam queue in Wordpress I have been noticing a severe drop in spam in my comment queue. I used to have to delete anywhere from 5 to 10 comments a day in the queue with just Akismet. Now there's not one comment.. 99.99% of the time. I didn't really think anything of it until I just realized why this change occurred; I had enabled Cloudflare for my blog. Cloudflare saving requests and thus MBs Cloudflare acts as somewhat of a firewall and CDN in one, it blocks malicious requests and serves cached versions of your blog/site/resources.

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The problem(s) with Open Data

The problem(s) with Open Data

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To put this blog post into context; this is written by a 25-year-old developer who uses the Dutch open data (https://data.overheid.nl) and doesn't like to read too much. I rather hack tutorials than read specs and I code stuff for the use of the public, i.e.: data needs to accommodate to the common people. With that out of the way and allowing you to see this from my perspective here goes; the biggest problem(s) with Open Data.

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My first experience with PagodaBox

My first experience with PagodaBox

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What is PagodaBox This blog post is written about what would now be known as Pagoda v1 and might not be representative. Pagoda Box PagodaBox.com is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) for PHP. They have plans for Ruby and Python, but they're not here yet as of this writing. At Pagoda you can launch components, such as; web (Apache + PHP), database (I know MySQL works for a fact), cache (Memcache or Redis), worker and cron job (beta).

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Quickly create an empty stdClass object in PHP

Quickly create an empty stdClass object in PHP

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I was working on a Laravel project and had to work with a Eloquent ORM object; I then needed to create an empty stdClass object. There's a chance that a person is not known and being lazy I wanted to fill the form anyway with my Person object, so I needed a mockup of that object. <?php $person = (object) array_fill_keys( array('firstname', 'lastname', 'email', 'photo'), '' ); ?> I'd say this solution is quick and dirty.

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Iโ€™m a 34-year old software engineer from The Netherlands. My interests lie with (web)development, databases, design patterns, social media, communities, APIs and open data.

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