Category Archives: Web News

Early November database error

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As wonderful as WordPress is, it’s nice to be reminded that it requires some attention.

Just today I came to the site, hoping to post a quick entry about our textbook adoptions thus far. Instead our lovely website was replaced with the horrible “error establishing a database connection” error.

Were we hacked? Did my co-author install a plugin and go for a bike ride? No. of course not. We had table corruption – the wp_options table to be precise. The fix was as simple as a phpMyAdmin call to Repair the wp_options table.

A few minutes later, I’ve installed the latest updates, turned off those darn comments (we had over 6000) and now back to grading those assignments.


Powerpoint Materials Completed

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It was really fun to build the 21 Powerpoint presentations based on the Chapters from the book.


I hope these resources help professors build lectures and lesson plans using the Fundamentals of Web Development.

As with any learning resource, there are a number of ways to use it. Whether it be displaying the slides on the overhead,  using them as a set of notes to work through on the blackboard or reviewing assigned readings by students.

I’m getting excited. The physical books should be finished any day/week now…

Next, the labs and solution manual!




Facebook Integrated

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So Facebook was a little easier to integrate than Twitter because they didn’t need my mobile phone number. Wait a minute, they got that a long time ago….

So now each post, page and update will not only be tweeted, but also be posted to our Facebook Page.

I suspect we will come back and adjust settings to better reflect a reasonable rate of posts, but for now we will decide on a per post basis.

OAuth with Twitter

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Interesting anecdote to relay as I integrate Twitter with WordPress.

Not only did I have to register my mobile phone # to allow posts to go straight to twitter, but I also had to ensure that the server for has the same time as Twitter’s servers (within some margin for error), otherwise OAuth does not work.

Anyhow the net result to  is that we will be auto-tweeting every-time we update the site.  Ha! I just saw a tweet from Randy working on the site.

This means a new page or post will also create a tweet (and next a Facebook post) to integrate with our social network accounts.

While we may post manually in those Social Networks as well, it’s nice to be able to integrate some automatic tweets in to our workflow.

Happy Auto Tweeting WordPress!

Manuscript done

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Very exciting news today that our final manuscript has been sent off to the printers.

Nothing left to do but wait… Actually we still are working on the PowerPoint and lab exercises. We are polishing off the working versions into final versions for distribution with the book, but really compared to the last year and a half we’re done!

It’s pretty exciting to see this all coming together. They’ve also updated the link at Amazon to reflect the cover art and title. You can pre-order Fundamentals of Web Development there now!



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