Category Archives: Projects

Getting Started with MongoDB

When I first got started with MongoDB in my ASP.NET development I wasn’t able to find as much information as I hoped to on how to get started with MongoDB. All of the core documentation focuses on interacting with the driver and doesn’t give a high-level overview of how to use the driver in an actual project. After getting several projects up and running on MongoDB, I wanted to take a break and provide this much needed guide.

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New WordPress Theme

Welcome to the new and improved Braindonor Network. As you can see, I have completely updated the WordPress theme of this site. There are still some rough edges—but I liked the new theme so much that I was not willing to wait until everything was completely polished. The new theme is a combination of the barebones Sandbox theme and Twitter’s Bootstrap.

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Custom Pages with WordPress Plugins

One of the more interesting challenges I have faced with WordPress is offering custom pages. These could be pages such taking a survey, asking a question, or suggesting a topic. Previously, I had gone about coding these kinds of pages by just sticking the php file in the web root. The problem with that strategy is twofold. The page cannot be disabled without going to the file system. The page also doesn’t respect theme changes cleanly.

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Hijack the WordPress Media Gallery

I have a friend that wants to update a banner on his WordPress blog homepage without changing the template files. I tell him I’d be glad to help him out and start working on a plugin that provides a custom administration page to allow for this. As I am a firm believer in the power of a lazy coder to get things done faster and better, my first thought was: “Why don’t I just see if I can hijack the ‘Select Image From Gallery’ page to do this?” that process for my own ends shouldn’t take me but a few minutes…and a lot less time than trying to build my own media selector. Like nearly all the content on my site, if you are reading this, I wasn’t able to find my answer elsewhere.

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SQLAlchemy and memcached

I think it is safe to say that my personal goal of learning and using Python this winter has been a huge success! I have now found myself hard at work on a large Python-based project in my spare time and investigating issues that I haven’t been able to track down much documentation on. How to use Memcached in conjunction with SQLAlchemy was one of those issues.

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Updated mod_python Mako Handler

I have been using the mod_python handler to parse Mako templates for about a month now in a personal project. As I have done more and more development on my project, I have naturally encountered shortcomings and errors in my handler.

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mod_python Handler for Mako

One of my personal goals this Winter has been to learn and start using Python. Learning new languages and putting them to use is something I try to do about every year. Like so many others out there, messing around with Perl in college really has had an impact on my professional career. Being a professional web developer who uses Perl—especially through Apache/mod_perl—it was only natural that I began looking at building out a small site using mod_python. Little did I understand how much of a minefield I was stepping into!

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