I’ve been busy web programming and changing diapers. But I figured I should write about something just so weebly doesn’t think my website died. So I decided to take 5 minutes to write.

Nerd alert - below statement contains nerdenium known to cause severe headaches


The IoC container in Laravel is a hidden diamond in the rough that not a lot of people seem to know about. It allows for dependency injection and extremely testable code. However, there was a bug in it so that you could not resolve any class that used optional parameters in it’s constructors (including Eloquent). The bug had been fixed in Laravel 4 which is still not out for beta, so I decided to backport this to Laravel 3 for Taylor (since he’s really busy with L4).


The other night we were watching the movie Armageddon with Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler. Near the end of the movie the crew picks straws to determine who stays behind. Thus, being the Buzzkillington that I am, I posed a question to everyone…

If you could pick your turn, would you go first, last, or some where in between?

Not everyone could agree. Some said first, others said it didn’t matter. The answer is that it really shouldn’t matter which order you pick your straw in - given that the straws are put in a uniformly distributed random order.


I recently stumbled upon a bug in angular. https://github.com/angular/angular.js/pull/1661

At the time of this writing the bug is still present in version 1.0.5 (stable) and 1.1.13 (unstable). Maybe it’s not a good idea to bind to a primitive type in an array but let’s say you had just a simple javascript array of strings and you want to repeat those in unordered list. Seems simple right? Now say you want to update the array model - let’s call it list.


Not had a lot of time to write lately with my 11 week old daughter, wife and work keeping me more than busy. But while I was working I was looking up RFC 2324 (http protocol) status codes and ran across this 418 I’m a teapot code.


In the old days of WebCT, instructors were given a tab that allowed them to view their course as a student. In Blackboard 9.1 this functionality is missing and much missed!

After a little investigating I found an open source Student View building block developed by cool Aussie cat named Wiley Fuller. The block exposes a course tool for the teacher to click which causes a demo student to be created and enrolled into the course and then switches the instructor to the freshly made demo student.