How Programmers Describe Unusual ASCII Characters

I always wondered how other programmers pronounced ASCII characters when reading code out to other programmers. I have a habit of calling certain ASCII characters different names, like calling the exclamation mark (!) – bang, or the tilde (~) – squiggle. I came across the ASCII Table page recently which has a pronunciation guide, which lists the ASCII characters and their more commonly used names. Have a look at the guide, there are some real interesting ones in there. Here…

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Dexter

People who know me, know that I love watching television and when I cannot watch a certain show (due to timings or because it comes on pay tv), I go out and try and buy the seasons on DVD. Recently I came across a new American show called Dexter. The show is based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, and revolves around the life of Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall), a forensic blood spatter pattern analyst for the…

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Google Command Line

Came across this link a few days ago (via a colleague at work). Goosh.org, bills itself as the “unofficial google shell”, and happens to be just that. It provides access to Google search results via a command line interface. Go to the site and type help, to view a list of the commands you can run. It has all the favourites including image, wiki, blog, news searches.

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Save login info in a cookie using CURL (PHP)

At work I was using a simple script that connected to a secure API, logged in and saved the result. This seems simple enough and is fast enough when calling it a few times, however one of the tasks I was then assigned was actually running this script for different values over 60,000 times! Each call (including the logging in) would take a little over a second, so calling it 60,000 times would take a while. It was then decided…

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LOLCODE!

I’m sure most people by now know about the whole Lolcat phenomena, however, for those still living under a rock: A Lolcat, or LOLCAT, is an image combining a photograph, most frequently a cat, with a humorous and idiosyncratic caption in (often) broken English—a dialect which is known as “Kitty Pidgin”,[1] “lolspeak”, or Lolcat. Lolcat or Kitty Pidgin has been around for a while now, and has been made popular by sites like I Can Has Cheezburger?…however in spite of…

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Google Doctype

Google Doctype: Check it out, its an online encyclopedia written by devs, covering areas like web security, JavaScript DOM manipulation, CSS tips and tricks etc, and also includes a bunch of test cases for checking cross-browser compatibility.

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