Author Archives: Scott Allen

About Scott Allen

Scott Allen is a web developer from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been working with HTML, CSS, PHP, & MySQL since the late '90s, and has extensive experience in database design and development, server-side scripting, content management, and front-end user experience, especially in the creation of educational content. Connect with Scott on Twitter (preferably), or Facebook or Google+ (if you aren't in a hurry).

On College Athletics

Inspiration for this post: NYT: Let’s Start Paying College Athletes I spend a lot of time reading and absorbing thoughts from various media members and other pundits about What To Do About College Athletics™. The divide between coaching/administering haves and … Continue reading

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Clean Up OS X Lion Launchpad

I’m not especially a big fan of the OSX Lion Launchpad, but it pops up every once in a while. It would really bother me that it showed every single app in my Applications folder, including uninstallers and prefpanes and … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

I’m sure plenty of people will say it more elegantly than I ever could, so I’m not going to go on and on and on about it. Steve Jobs’ passing came too soon, and the future is not going to … Continue reading

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MySQL Transactions

MySQL has the ability to handle what are known as transactions: a series of queries that must be executed in an all-or-none fashion. As a bonus, it’s super easy to use. Using PHP, you can do the following: mysql_query(“START TRANSACTION”); … Continue reading

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Use PHP to get all images in a folder

This: $images = glob($directory . “*.{jpg,gif,png}”, GLOB_BRACE); is awesome.

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iOS Training: Day 2

This is going to be a short one. After spending a ton of time at a computer the last couple days, writing a blog post isn’t the thing I’m dying to do at the moment. [Ed: Nevermind. Got rolling and … Continue reading

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iOS Training: Day 1

Today was the first real day of class. Over the course of about 12 hours working, I went through the first six chapters of the book we are supposed to make it all the way through this week. Today’s chapters … Continue reading

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iOS Training: Day 0

I left home in Indianapolis at 1:30 this afternoon and hopped a flight to Atlanta. After that, I took a one hour ride to Historic Banning Mills, Georgia, home of the Big Nerd Ranch. I got checked into my cozy … Continue reading

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Workout Plan

I’m developing a new plan to get healthy, and the biggest part of that is a workout plan. I decided that coming up with something super-specific that has every single day planned out has been a losing proposition every time … Continue reading

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Health and Fitness

For the past year, and especially since winter started, I haven’t been doing a very good job of staying fit or doing much physical activity at all. Between the bad weather and a new job that takes up more of … Continue reading

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