API Sandboxes and Availability of Data


I have been building an inventory and order management system for my wife’s home business recently.  This system relies heavily upon data retrieved from outside sources, thus it uses APIs to fetch this data.  Notably it uses APIs from Paypal, USPS.com (US Postal Service,) and Etsy.com. This past week has been fraught with frustration as […]

The Paradigm of IT

The IT Crowd

I finally realized that Netflix got season 2 of The IT Crowd added; now I can say that I’ve finally seen the series in its entirety. Before I continue, watch this clip: (In case it doesn’t load properly, here’s the link: http://youtu.be/YhPejfTQfEA) That is the very first we see of Roy and Moss, the two geek […]

A Better ‘More’ Menu Option For Android Menus

Better Android Menu Expanded

The classic menu in Android apps may be deprecated, but I still use them and develop apps that support them.  The fact is there are an awful lot of devices out there that are using Honeycomb, Gingerbread, Froyo, and the like.  I, for one, have always been a proponent for backwards compatibility. My biggest complaint with […]

I Think I Look Forward To “A Memory of Light”

A Memory of Light

Have you ever looked forward to something for so long and with so much anticipation that when it finally happens, you find yourself depressed when it is over? I’ve always been a fan of fantasy literature.  I usually like to look for the lesser known series and authors…therein generally lie the real gems in my […]

My PDO (PHP Database Object) Singleton Class


If you aren’t using PDO instead of mysqli (or just plain’ol’mysql) functions by now, it probably is time to look into what you are missing out on.  If you are anything like me, mysql_connect() and mysql_query() were probably some of the first PHP functions you ever learned; it seems that many PHP “developers” think that […]

Introduction To My Blog

For a long time I’ve been thinking that I need somewhere that I can sit down and rant and rave as I see fit.  Quite often when I hear a political news story or read about some situation that is getting excessive media spin, I like to ponder it excessively.  In those cases, I often […]

The “Accidental Adept” Explained

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

I have long been fascinated with the word, or rather the concept of, “adept.”  It is defined as someone who is highly skilled at or proficient in something.  Long ago I read a series of books by Piers Anthony called “Apprentice Adept;”  overall they were weird and only slightly enjoyable, unlike many of his others […]