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  1. More life with a dog

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    Frodo is one year old today. He’s been a delight and a charmer since we first met him, and though he has certainly caused us some frustration (and no small amount of missed or interrupted sleep), he’s nevertheless been a wonderful addition to the household. He keeps hitting remarkable plateaus of development, causing us to…

  2. Mountain Lion and Apache

    With OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), the setup process for getting Apache and PHP (now version 5.3.13) working is simpler. Gone are the tangled IfDefine statements in httpd.conf now all you need to do is drop an appropriate file into /etc/apache2/users. If you don’t need SSL support, it’s almost trivial: If you do need SSL,…

  3. Goodbye, CoffeeScript, we hardly knew you

    The scoping issues in CoffeeScript (well-described in Armin Ronacher’s blog post), along with various other oddities and difficulties, have led me to conclude that it is not usable as a general-purpose JavaScript semi-replacement. However! The aforementioned LiveScript (a fork of Coco, itself a fork of CoffeeScript purportedly addresses all of those things and more besides…

  4. Shadowing variables in CoffeeScript

    CoffeeScript is a meta-language which compiles directly into JavaScript, has some neat features and patterns baked in, and is a favorite of many JavaScript hackers, and I’ve been playing around with it in the last few days. For the most part, I like it, but it steps on one of the most useful features of…