Saturday, June 27, 2009


I thought it was about time that I start posting some technical articles that are more in my area of expertise. This blog will work in conjunction with my Web Site Development Tips which takes a much less technical approach to web development.

I have been programming for about 30 years, and creating web sites with programming for over 10 years now. I like to use the best technology for the job, not necessarily what is in vogue or is new and cool.

I believe that programming is a wonderful combination of logic and art. Lines of programming syntax are crafted together to make something useful and elegant. One should follow "best practices" with an eye for a secure application. Consistent code produces consistent results; and consistent good code almost always produces consistent good results. But, it is also important to know when to break the rules to produce something magical. Yes, even a bit of spaghetti code has it's place once in a while.

I have been working extensively in ColdFusion for a number of years, so many examples will be in that language. I also enjoy GIS and creating mash-ups using readily available resources on the web, including Google apps, ESRI JavaScript API's, OpenId and other neat things.

I will be taking care to not expose actual backend and database code from working sites. That means that some of my examples will be made up and may not work properly, though they will be based on actual working code elsewhere.

So, let's see what we can discover together!

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