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personal statement re:becoming a CS graduate student

This is the first draft of my personal statement, which is the only essay I get to write for my graduate application. I’m curious what you think of it. Your Personal Statement should be a brief but carefully written essay regarding: 1) your reasons you want to do graduate work in this particular field, 2) [...]

actually magic functionality is usually a bad thing

From http://www.php.net/manual/en/language.oop.php: PHP reserves all function names starting with __ as magical. It is recommended that you do not use function names with __ in PHP unless you want some documented magic functionality. This sort of thing reminds me of why I’m fond of programming: it is the closest people have come yet to genuine [...]

note my extreme reluctance to apply myself

On the plus side, the server is now back up. I did accomplish something this week, in terms of the project. Plus, I think I configured it so that the sshd, apache, and mysql daemons start automatically at boot now. Then again, it’s Linux, so I’m not sure that following the documented steps will actually [...]

Xitami PHP Failure

I don’t suppose anyone just happens to know how to make php work on xitami? I get the following error: “Internal error: your request was unsuccessful Cannot create CGI process – program not found” I’m pretty sure I’ve set the config to the proper directory, but it doesn’t seem to be working for some reason. [...]

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Good news and minorly bad. I found out that I have enough money to pay to live here. This was a surprise, but it is good news. The person who had my Palm Pilot for three weeks IMed me, said “Come to Founders and I’ll give your Palm Pilot back.” I came, he gave it [...]

GUI

It’s funny, because the moment you add the graphical element to a program, its size grows ridiculously. It was true when I was programming them out of hand-drawn ascii art with QBasic, it was true when I was still using QBasic to create simple 320×240 graphics, it was true later with Visual Basic, and it’s [...]

i no longer remember the context of this post

New thought: I may work entirely in java for the main frame, so that I keep the advantages of multithreading without having to deal with multiple-language programming. I’m going to have to look into this. Is Perl multithreaded? Because if I’m going to learn a (basically) new language for this project, it might as well [...]

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disappointed. php apparently doesn’t support multithreading, and though it does support some forms of integration with java (which does support multithreading), that’s a bag of worms I’d rather not open up unless I at least have a basic framework of code going already. on the plus side, I got all my christmas shopping done and [...]

yeah, another webcomics directory post

So I think I’ve worked out a nice new way to implement the webcomics directory. It’s going to be class-based, instead of function-based, and I’m going to start exploring the uses for mySQL in PHP instead of reading everything from flat file formats. In the end, if all works out right, it should look exactly [...]

announcement of delay

That noon thing with the PHP–it’s not going to happen. On the other hand, this is my day off from classes (yay for funky free-Wednesday schedules!), so I get to keep playing with it until it works… At least now I have an idea as to how to approach the problem. It’s a start. And [...]