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Tue, 13 Nov 2007

Nov 13, 2007, 22:56 [home]
THE tEAM Network - Prayer for Sick Kids

I just finished designing and developing a new web site for a group who pray for sick kids with cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. It's called The tEAM Network, and they make it their mission to mobilize as many people to prayer as possible.

Take a look at their web site, and maybe even get involved!

~Jason



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Tue, 02 Oct 2007

Oct 02, 2007, 23:11 [home/perl_scripts]
Facebook Status Updates

I haven't been blogging as much as I used to— and I'm finding I'm more interested in people's status updates on Facebook than I am anything else they post. I figure if I'm interested in that, maybe you are too… it's a good way to stay in touch with the day-to-day life details of your friends.

So, I've written a Perl script which fetches my Facebook status updates and inserts it into my blog. It's especially appropriate for Blosxom, so if you use that blogging software, send me a note and I'll hook you up.

~Jason 

 



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Thu, 16 Aug 2007

Aug 16, 2007, 14:28 [home/perl_scripts]
Fantasy Betting in Your Language

I've been doing some small changes to Fantasy Betting, and am just about complete a new version which includes the ability to be "translated." 

So far it's been translated to Italian, and people are reportedly working on French, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Norwegian. Taglog, Korean, Russian, and German. 

How cool is that? 

I'll be raising the price when this version is ready, so if you're interested in FB, this would be the time to get it— everyone who registers early gets the current price for the new version.

~Jason 



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Sat, 23 Jun 2007

Jun 23, 2007, 08:52 [home/perl_scripts]
Download Access

I've finally created something I've wanted to have for a long time! Now when you purchase a script at Intelliscript.net, a special download page is created just for you. You can come at any time, login, and re-download the files.

This is great for me, because it can be so overwhelming to keep track of who has purchased the software, if their license has expired, etc. With over 40 separate scripts for sale, it was getting really hard to manage with my old system. And now when I release a new version of any script, I can instantly mail everyone who has purchased that script.

I used to have a similar, although manual system a number of years ago, but it was a third party script, and it was written in PHP (yuck!) and it was very SLOW. I love it that my script automatically create accounts when new purchases are made, and sends out people's login and password too.

~Jason 



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Tue, 22 May 2007

May 22, 2007, 09:36 [home]
ReadSheetMusic.info

Back in like, 1999, I wrote five chapters on how to read sheet music. I did it to draw attention to my web site, www.notationmachine.com, and my intention has always been to flesh it out and add more chapters.

The response to those originals sections have been overwhelming. For years people have written me, thanking me for this free course, and wondering why the rest of it wasn't finished yet. In fact, if you type "How to Read Sheet Music," my site is listed number one in Google. That's a pretty big deal.

But it's been eight years since I've even looked at this part of the site and I hadn't finished writing it! (In fact, I did write the rest back in 2000, and accidentally deleted it. Ever since then I have not been too interested in doing all of the work again… until lately).

A couple of years ago, when the .info extension came available for domain names, my registrar, namesecure.com, gave them away for free for one year. So I grabbed www.readsheetmusic.info back then, thinking I'd someday make a site dedicated to learning to read sheet music.

Two or three years later and I've finally written the missing chapters, and put them up on this new site. Check it out, and see if you learn anything new about how to read sheet music!



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Mon, 26 Mar 2007

Mar 26, 2007, 12:40 [home/perl_scripts]
I Wrote a Captcha Script

The amount of spam hitting the various sites I design lately has been getting crazy. Some of my clients are getting dozens of ringtones, porn, and scam links posted to their comments boxes and guestbooks.

So this morning I wrote a Captcha-style script, which I’ve called Cotcha. (Yeah, I know, really original — an acronym for Coded Objective to Tell Computers and Humans Apart).

What makes this script so cool is that it can be integrated into any pre-existing form and/or perl script to add an extra element of spam protection.

Right now the Cotcha code is only plain text— the next step of this script’s development is to create an image of the “Cotcha” code using ImageMagick. Since most web servers don’t come with this program preinstalled, I’m going to leave it off until it’s absolutely critical or someone makes a special request for the code to be imagefied.

So if you’re having trouble with comment spam, feel free to get this script. I’ll be putting it up on Intelliscript.net soon. Watch for updates.

~Jason



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Sat, 17 Mar 2007

Mar 17, 2007, 15:04 [home/perl_scripts/blog]
Post Blog Script Modified

I've finally done some major modifications on the blogpost script… LONG overdue.

I cleaned up the code, helped it to handle memory a bit better, added some overwrite protection which should have been there all along, added more comments to the code, and put more explanation for the user as well.

~Jason

Update: Today I completely rewrote much of the code as well— it was way too complicated. I hope people like the changes I've made. It should be easier to use and understand.

Another update: Last night and this morning I rewrote some of the code again so that the script communicates with the web server and presents error messages, alerts, and confirmations without loading another page. Instead the alerts appear in an "iframe" and go away when the user resumes editing. I'm beginning to develop a new system to program Perl scripts which are more asynchronous… in other words, not only can the script communicate with the server, but hopefully the server can communicate with the browser independently. At the most simplistic level, error messages and alerts will appear from the web server without the user leaving the page. A real-world example of this style of web interface would be Gmail or Flickr. It's about time I started programming in this manner, considering how easy it is. Stay tuned!!

And More: I finally replaced the HTMLAREA WYSIWYG interface, (which only worked on Windows using Internet Explorer) with a new WYSIWYG interface called TinyMCE. This HTML interface uses JavaScript and works on all platforms and many browsers including Opera, Firefox and IE. The HTMLAREA interface was very lite, didn't use much server space, and was super easy to configure. The TinyMCE interface is more complicated— but the cross platform benefits are obvious. Soon I will be replacing HTMLAREA in AutoFollowup and other scripts which require WYSIWYG.



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Fri, 05 Jan 2007

Jan 05, 2007, 17:02 [home/perl_scripts]
New Free Scripts

I decided to give away a few more Perl scripts on my Intelliscript site, including Link Engine, Shopping Cart, Dictionary, and RoomReservation. If you’re interested in any of these free scripts, come on by. Be sure to add the web site’s RSS feed to your blog reader so you know when prices change and there are new updates.

~Jason

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