When you want to display code, you are probably using PRE elements. The fact that these elements can contain markup makes them perfectly suited for syntax highlighting. Some plugins make it easier to copy the code using a button. Google Prettify has no such option. Let’s see if we can make copying easier by providing a “double click to select all”-feature to our pre fields.
I love SASS. What’s not to love? Well… it can’t be served directly by the web server like CSS. It needs to be pre-compiled before it is served. Fortunately there is a PHP SASS compiler that can be used to make PHP compile and serve SASS. I’m using an IIS installation, so I’ll be explaining how it can be done on a Windows machine.
Yesterday I was working on a bit of code that had to read the XMP meta data from a file. It is not located at a certain position, so I had to scan the file. XMP, being plain XML, can be found by simple string matching. After some searching I’ve found many solutions that read the entire file into memory and perform a regular expression search or a string comparison. That’s not going to work for me, because I have files that are +100MB! So I wrote some code that does a search that performs.
PowerShell is very similar to .NET, so it is no surprise that it is very popular with .NET developers. It is a language for writing scripts, so you might encounter some unexpected situations. I had this experience when I tried to parse some HTML with PowerShell: I could not get the replacement with regular expression groups to work! It turned out that my .NET knowledge was working against me…