Apache JMeter: Part 1 – The Basics

Recently, I’ve been doing a bit of load testing on Amazon AWS after reading cloud storage reviews to determine how much abuse our web application can take without killing the server. I’ve been attempting to use Apache JMeter to do the hard part, but came up against a slew of problems. The documentation provided seems […]

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Defensive Programming

As a web developer, the greater part of my job is not creating new apps, but hacking together disparate software packages into Frankensteinian amalgamations that (supposedly) work together seamlessly.¬† This is universally a headache, as the original authors tend to write code thinking that their app is the only one that will be installed.¬†¬†WordPress, Vanilla, […]

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Scriptaculous / Prototype IE 8 Autocomplete disappearing problem

In Internet Explorer 8, it seems that Scriptaculous / Prototype sometimes miscalculate exactly where to place the autocomplete box. As a result, it will usually not show up at all, since it’s off the screen. The trick here is that it’s calculating a left and top absolute position that are wrong, and then writing them […]

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CSS: Spriting Doors

When we redesigned hotelicopter, I had to spend a lot of time cutting up images for a bunch of buttons and boxes. I was using the now-standard Sliding Doors technique, so that we could have flexible boxes. Today, I realized that I could combine this technique with another A List Apart favorite, image sprites, so […]

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