Category Archives: programming

Setting up a work queue with jQuery deferred

So I had an interesting use case and solution this past week with Backbone, collections and server synchronization. The details aside, I needed to keep the backbone collection in sync with what was stored on the server. It seemed simple … Continue reading

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Working with Apache SOLR SynonymFilterFactory filter

I spent a bunch of time playing with Apache SOLR trying to get multiword synonyms to work. I have a very specific use case where the field I wanted to create synonyms for was a collection of tags applied to … Continue reading

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Programming the NS-500UR Led Sign

I recently purchased the NS-500UR Led Sign from an Amazon reseller for the PLOS Office. I wanted to have it display the latest 10 terms users have searched for given the search engine on our website. It was a bit … Continue reading

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I created my first github project. Log4Couch. It’s an appender for log4j that will write logging messages directly to a couch server.

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Using Java’s HttpClient to send a PUT

After a lot of searching the net, I wrote this method a few weeks back to write a string (or file) to a web server using Java’s HttpClient. It seemed ridiculous that I couldn’t find an example to cut and … Continue reading

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UTF Character encoding in MySQL

I’ve had on going issues with mySQL not defaulting to UTF8 and instead using Latin1 constantly. After searching around a bit on the mySQL forums, I seem to have found a series of settings that put a halt to the … Continue reading

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Teamcity status macro for Trac

I had a need to print the build status of our teamcity server in trac. After researching various solutions, I figured a trac macro would best fit. It was a surprisingly simple solution so I figured I would share it … Continue reading

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