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So Your Content Has Been Copied, Now What?

With the proliferation of splogs and the ease of chewing up and spitting out RSS, it has become an almost monthly habit of mine to do a little searching for people who have been ripping off content on sites that I manage. Here's how I find it, and what I do to deal with the issue. Tools of the... Read more »

That Baton Meme

Total volume of music files on my computer: 20.57GB The last CD I bought was: Global Underground 025 - Deep Dish - Toronto. Song playing right now: African All Stars - Summer Moon (Guetta & Garraud's Fuck Me I'm Famous Remix). Five Three songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me: Travis,... Read more »

Link Blogs and Link Validation

Link Blogs These types of posts, typically called link blogs, provide a method for sharing a link and a short opinion or idea. They are a great way to store resources and for getting the word out on a hot new topic. They differ from a full (traditional?) weblog post in that the focus or purpose of the... Read more »

Comment Highlighting

Sometime last week some very subtle changes were uploaded here, mostly affecting the comments area of the site. Besides a little restyling, now when you visit and you have a cookie from this site, your comments get a little orange glow in the top left hand corner of the comment box (yes I know the hover... Read more »

Author Status: 503

Hello all, just a short note to say that posting here will be on hiatus due to a temporary overload, and for some reprogramming, rethinking, and very subtle restyling. Focus This blog originally started with some good intentions and neat ideas. Some happened, many didn't, and now when I take a... Read more »

A Tip for Someone with a Newer Blog

Something that I have noticed while posting here on this blog is that, when you aren't a heavy traffic blog, posting a few times a week rather than a few times a day can be better for the visibility of your blog. It seems that if you leave the quality out there on the homepage for a longer period... Read more »

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SiteUptime Web Site Monitoring Service

Sitepoint's web devlopment books have helped me out on many occasions both for finding a quick solution to a problem but also to level out my knowlegde in weaker areas (JavaScript, I'm looking at you!). I am recommending the following titles from my bookshelf:

The Principles Of Successful Freelancing

I started freelancing by diving in head first and getting on with it. Many years and a lot of experience later I was still able to take away some gems from this book, and there are plenty I wish I had thought of beforehand. If you are new to freelancing and have a lot of questions (or maybe don't know what questions to ask!) do yourself a favor and at least check out the sample chapters.

The Art & Science Of JavaScript

The author line-up for this book says it all. 7 excellent developers show you how to get your JavaScript coding up to speed with 7 chapters of great theory, code and examples. Metaprogramming with JavaScript (chapter 5 from Dan Webb) really helped me iron out some things I was missing about JavaScript. That said each chapter really helped me to develop my JavaScript skills beyond simple Ajax calls and html insertion with libs like JQuery.

The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Like the other books listed here, this provides a great reference for the PHP developer looking to have the right answers from the right people at their fingertips. I tend to pull this off the shelf when I need to delve into new territory and usually find a workable solution to keep development moving. This only needs to happen once and you recoup the price of the book in time saved from having to develop the solution or find the right pattern for getting the job done..