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A Checklist for Developers

Do you use a checklist for your programming projects? I would love to learn more about your process.

Please take a moment to check out mine and let me know what you think.

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Writing Technical Blog Posts

I just had one of my posts published at SendGrid’s blog on how I write technical blog posts (yes, I wrote a blog post on how to write a blog post).

If you are a writer, technical or non-technical, I think you will find some value in the post. It’s a detailed step-by-step guide (process and tools) that should spark some ideas to include in your own writing work flow.

Enjoy!

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A Personal Life API

Because of Google Glass, the Fitbit, Loseit and my current API design project for our Developer Relations team at SendGrid, I’m becoming more and more interested in the idea of quantified self + everything as an API + automated/intelligent systems. My latest blog post at SendGrid takes a practical look at the API piece of the puzzle.

Back in the days of my first funded startup, one of the ideas I was interested in was to create a Life 2.0 system, using technology to try and remove tasks that must be done, but we hate spending our time on, and then optimizing and enhancing the time spent on things we love to do. I got caught up too much on the implementation though, which at that time was going to be a custom Linux distro.

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Recommended reading for anyone interested in learning to program or enhancing their programming skills.

“Talk to other programmers; read other programs. This is more important than any book or training course.”

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Using Custom HTML with Flash or Javascript in Joomla without Modules

When you add custom HTML with Flash or Javascript using the WYSIWYG editor, Joomla will modify your code, rendering your code useless. Instead of using one of these modules, here is a simple hack using the built in Category feature.

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Automatically Login a User After Registration Using sfGuardPlugin in Symfony

When you want a user to be automatically logged in after they register, you can use the following code where you have access to the sfGuardUser module:

$this->getContext()->getUser()->signIn($user, true);

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Using Spaces to Improve Productivity on the Mac

One of the most powerful tools on the Mac in terms of day to day productivity boost, has been Spaces. I have been using this feature in Linux for years, but never quite took advantage of it in Windows. Here is how I currently use it. I would love to here your tips and tricks regarding productivity on the Mac.
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Windows 7 Beta Download in Two Clicks

Login to your Passport account and do not close the page.

32 Bit Windows 7
Click 1: Copy and paste the key found here.
Click 2: Download here.

64 Bit Windows 7
Click 1: Copy and paste the key found here.
Click 2: Download here.

Thanks LifeHacker!

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Running Django on Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit

If you are interested in creating a local development environment for Django and you are running Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit, this guide is for you! Following are step by step instructions.

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Propeller.com and Rapid Application Development

It appears as though Propeller.com has fallen victim of a bad practice most early web designers have experienced early in their careers.

When you don’t iterate early and often with the input of your stakeholders you are taking a big risk that a majority of your stakeholders will hate your work.

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