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.
Twitter uses its url shortener to place photo’s in Tweets. I’ve tried processing these URLs in the browser, but cross site scripting measures prevented me from processing the result with jQuery.
I decided to resolve it in C# (as I’m using ASP.Net). The following script leverages a WebClient and a regular expression to extract the photo URL from the shortened URL. This code could be added to a handler or a webservice that can be called from script.
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.