CakePHP 1.2 RC2 – Apache Crash on Vista

In my spare time (yeah, right), I’ve been busy developing a web application using CakePHP. I ran into a problem tonight that I wanted to share, in case anyone else happens to run into something similar. After making some changes to my app, I went to test it out, only to get an Vista notification […]

CSS Naked Day 2008

I’ve signed up to participate in the third annual CSS Naked Day, which will be celebrated on April 9th! For the entire day, my site will be without style! If this is the first time you’ve heard of CSS Naked Day, it was started by Dustin Diaz to promote Web Standards: “This includes proper use […]

Struts 2 ParametersInterceptor

Are your logs being filled up with errors like: ERROR – ParametersInterceptor.setParameters(204) | ParametersInterceptor – [setParameters]: Unexpected Exception caught setting ‘_’ on ‘class Error setting expression ‘_’ with value ‘[Ljava.lang.String;@1491ddc’ If so, it’s because Struts 2 is parsing the query string/post data and trying to “set” a value for each parameter it finds. I’m […]

Symbolic links in Windows

Symbolic links can be very useful, but if you are a Windows user, you’ve had to use junction points because there hasn’t been native support for symbolic links until recently. Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 now support symbolic links mklink command. See Junfeng Zhang’s write up on the mklink command. For those using Windows […]

SimpleModal Contact Form (SMCF) 1.1 Released

SMCF 1.1 includes the following changes: Fixed image pre-loading to actually pre-load ;) Added new effects on form open and close Added a security feature Added optional subject and cc sender form elements Added common classes to form elements Renamed all classes and ID’s to prevent collisions Added WordPress translation ability on text elements (__() […]

Finding files containing a certain value

Searching for files containing a certain string/text/value is something that I do quite often. There are a number of ways to perform a “find files containing ‘foo'” search, but for me, nothing beats the simplicity and power of the command line! In Windows: findstr /s /n /i /p foo * The above example of findstr […]

Why I hate Gmail

Ok, so I don’t really hate Gmail, but I am pretty annoyed right now. Every time I try to send an email, I get an alert saying “An error occurred trying to send the message”. Despite my best-efforts to follow Gmails TOS, I believe that my account has been disabled…hopefully only temporarily. And here’s why:

SimpleModal Contact Form (SMCF) 1.0 Released

SimpleModal Contact Form (SMCF) is an Ajax powered modal dialog contact form for WordPress. The project and all of the information about it is hosted on If you have any feedback regarding the plugin, please let me know.

Eric Martin