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About distinctinteractive

I graduated 3 years ago from the University of Huddersfield with a 2:1 BA in Interactive Multimedia. After leaving University i worked for a small company in Huddersfield (Offroad Code) mainly helping to maintain a large travel company website. I am currently freelancing as Distinct Interactive. Follow me on Twitter @jimmckerchar

Learning Perl 01

Downloaded Padre (which includes Strawberry Perl) and install. I’m a “web developer” and intend to use Perl for web I so install the mojolicious framework (it was a toss up between that an dancer and i chose Mojolicious due to … Continue reading

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Broken Postgres install pain

I spent a good hour debugging failed deployments with Moonshine (for Rails) yesterday. It turned out the problem was a broken postgresql install…. solution: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1415362

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Pretty HTML Output With HAML

HAML, by default in development renders “pretty”, correctly indented HTML output. In production it renders “ugly” output by default. I really appreciate the value of indented html output. If only so that when debugging HTML source (sometime DOM isn’t good … Continue reading

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Incorrect Paypal Default Currency In Development Causes Unclaimed Payments in Sandbox

This has just caused me a load of unnecessary worry. The app i’m working on uses Paypal to handle payments and yesterday I noticed that all Payments made to the site were showing a “Unclaimed”. Turns out that I’d already … Continue reading

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Making MiniTest Output Pretty

Need a nicer test output with Rails and MiniTest? Simple… use Turn Found via: http://blog.rawonrails.com/2012/01/better-minitest-output-with-turn-gem.html   

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Paypal…. again

This series of posts about integrating Paypal Express with Rails 3 has been invaluable!! http://spin.atomicobject.com/2011/10/24/integrating-paypal-express-with-rails-3-1-part-1/ http://spin.atomicobject.com/2011/11/25/integrating-paypal-express-with-rails-3-1-%E2%80%94-part-2/ http://spin.atomicobject.com/2011/12/19/integrating-paypal-express-with-rails-3-1-%E2%80%94-part-3/

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Styling Text Input Placeholder Text

Not a fully cross browser solution but works in FF and Webkit…. http://davidwalsh.name/html5-placeholder-css

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