Jennifer Zelazny

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PHP 4 or PHP 5? You Pick the Flavor

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I recently ran into a situation where there were two versions of PHP on a server and I needed to make sure PHP 5 was being used. To pick the version – all you need to do is add the following into your .htaccess file (assuming you do not have access to your httpd config): For PHP 5: AddType application/x-httpd-php5 .php For PHP 4: AddType application/x-httpd-php4 .php It does not get much more easier than that! Read more

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HOWTO: Use RapidSVN for SVN

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If you are a web or application developer, there will come a time (hopefully) that you will need to use subversion for your projects. While I use the command line for this – there are some GUI applications that make it easy for people to manage their files using subversion. For this documentation, I have chosen to write about RapidSVN because it runs on both Mac and PC. ONE TIME PROCESS Download the RapidSVN you will use to check in and check out files at: http://www.rapidsvn.org/download/release/0.9.6/. For Mac users – download the .dmg gile. For PC users, download the .exe... Read More » Read more

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The Story of My Life – Told in the Header

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For the last few versions of Jappler.com – I have had images in the header arranged in a way to tell a story. My roots. This picture was taken out of my car on the road my parents live in NY. My home. Old Main on the Penn State campus. I was destined to go to Penn State and it was my #1 goal since I was 3 years old (besides a few months in 7th grade when my #1 goal was to beat Super Mario Brothers) I spent a lot of time sitting on the front steps reading, people... Read More » Read more

WordPress

Jappler Recommends: Shutter Reloaded

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I had been looking around for some alternative lightbox like plugins (for photos) and came across the super lightweight option: Shutter Reloaded. The script is super lightweight (10k), does not require any other libraries, and works perfectly without having to add any additional code. If you are looking for a nice little lightbox like plugin – check it out! Read more

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Out With the Old, In With the New

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As you might have noticed – I took a week off from blogging in order to focus on something else – cleaning up Jappler.com. Over the past few months I have learned so much more about WordPress, web site optimization, and what I really used this web site for – so I decided I needed to take some time to redo this site. From a design perspective, I decided to darken the colors quite a bit in order to remove some of the drabness of the old design. I also added a background pattern to give some depth, and also... Read More » Read more

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Busy Busy…

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I have not been a very good poster lately – and I apologize. I have had a lot going on. We got our new dog Colby last weekend, been busy with all the WordPress 2.7 update/compatibility issues, preparing for Evan’s 2nd birthday, re-organizing my office space and development environment, getting ready for holiday travel, and just trying to take a break. I also have started the process of updating my web site Jappler.com from the ground up. I am not sure when you will see the new version – but it is in the works. Colby is doing good. Triscuit... Read More » Read more

Web Development

How to Test .htaccess Files

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A quick way to find out if your server is reading your .htaccess files is to type “test” or any text into it. If the .htaccess file is being used – you will get a server error when you reload a page on that site. If you do not get an error – you most likely need to adjust your AllowOveride directive so it does not use “None”. Read more

Web Development

Debugging IE 6 on a Mac

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What is worse than debugging your web application for IE 6? Debugging your web application on IE 6 when you have a Mac and have to launch Windows…or wait, do you? If you do not want to run Parallels or something similar – check out ies4osx. It is dependent on Darwine so make sure you have that installed too. Ah…now I can debug a little more easily. Read more