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Building a GIT changelog with PHP

The below PHP generates a cachefile used to display a GIT changelog. (Because I didn’t have the power to get GIT installed onto the production server…) If the following simple script in your repo directory doesn’t do it you may… Continue Reading →

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Quickly search for a file on a (PC) server from a Mac client

Searching for files on a Windows server from a Mac can be very slow or even fail altogether but with a bit of shell trickery it’s very quick. The script below is 95% instructions – the payload is at the… Continue Reading →

Dynamically create a PHP variable name

Thanks to this post “Dynamic variable names in PHP” for enlightening me on how easy this is. There’s a lot of stuff out there about PHP variable variables but if you just want to craft a variable’s name based on… Continue Reading →

Arabic text in Adobe Photoshop

…or how to create any right-to-left script layer in Photoshop Photoshop is not fully prepared for working with right-to-left (RTL) languages: you can’t properly use Arabic or Hebrew for more than pasting in single non-breaking lines. This is a limitation in… Continue Reading →

A simple regex rename with Adobe Bridge

Adobe’s Bridge application has a very handy built-in file renaming utility. If you need to add a suffix, a numeric prefix or do a simple string substitution it’s ready and waiting just a keystroke away… But for more complex string… Continue Reading →

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Acrobat batch extract pages

Based on an example script provided by Adobe. [PDF documentation is currently here: http://www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/acrobat/pdfs/batch_sequences.pdf] [Example files currently in a zip file called “batchseq.zip”, hosted by Adobe here: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/documentation.html] Set up your Acrobat JavaScript prefs as advised here http://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/javascript_console. Main required… Continue Reading →

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Remove and ignore dreamweaver dwsync.xml files from your GIT repo

1. Remove any files already added form the working directory. For example: $ git rm -f *dwsync.xml 2. Set up (or create) your global git ignore file in your home directory: $ printf “dwsync.xmlnThumbs.dbn” >> ~/.gitignore 3. using git config… Continue Reading →

Hard coding your site URL in WordPress

I discovered this handy feature on troubleshooting a login problem for a client of mine. If you swap your WP database between a development and production server at all regularly and don’t fancy editing your site URL and WordPress URL… Continue Reading →

Nice WordPress article in .Net

Nice article about WordPress in my favourite web design and develpment magazine (issue 217  of .NET). Usual stuff but well written without either speeding or jabbering. There’s a nice overview of Custom Menus, Multisite, Custom Post Formats, Custom Post types and… Continue Reading →

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PHP 101. Basic stuff: get value from URL querystring with PHP

As I’m still an idiot when it comes to media queries and mobile devices and can pass this stuff on to other folks – but needed to give myself and the interested parties a visual representation of how different sized… Continue Reading →

JavaScript redirect based on referrer

Basic stuff (as often the case not immediately findable). You want a simple script to redirect to a different page if te referrer is such and such. In the following example the two referral page options ( foo.html and bar.html… Continue Reading →

CSS 3 pseudo-classes and attribute selectors in Internet Explorer

Thanks to my mate Tony I’ve been introduced to this rather delicious (and very small) jQuery plugin that adds support for, among other things the :nth-child pseudo class. If this had been around a year ago ‘d have avoided having… Continue Reading →

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Getting a page ID in WordPress

Q. Want to get something in your theme to work with data from a particular page or post – but don’t know for sure what that post’s ID is? A. Try this in your functions.php file: …then you can then… Continue Reading →

Passing a variable about in a WordPress theme

I’m used to using php variables set in included  file being used in another included file if all are included in the same document. This doesn’t work in WordPress theme parts. It’s easy to overcome though… you just need to… Continue Reading →

Multiple WordPress excerpt lengths

Q. Got a theme that needs two different excerpt lengths? A. Found here: set the standard, longer excerpt as normal in the functions.php file and the override locally using this code:  

Rollback a GIT commit

GIT is great, Git is good. I mostly use git to track changes (very useful to check on what I’ve  been up to when it’s late in the night!) but occasionally I need to use it to roll back to… Continue Reading →

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