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Python: Regex – matching foreign characters/unicode letters

I’ve been back in the land of screen scrapping this week extracting data from the Game of Thrones wiki and needed to write a regular expression to pull out characters and actors. Here are some examples of the format of the data: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister Daniel Naprous as Oznak zo Pahl(credited as Stunt Performer) Filip Lozić as Young ...

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Metaprogramming in Ruby

In this article, we’ll be looking at a few different aspects of metaprogramming in Ruby. For starters, what is metaprogramming? Metaprogramming is the writing of computer programs with the ability to treat programs as their data. It means that a program could be designed to read, generate, analyze, or transform other programs and even modify itself while running. We’ll specifically ...

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RequireJS Optimizer Example

1. RequireJS RequireJS is an AMD JavaScript library that supports asynchronous file and module loading. It is optimized for web browser usage but it is also possible to use in Java or Node environments. It is compatible with all main browsers and quite intuitive to use. Its main benefit is that it offers the option to logically structure an application ...

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Writing a microservice in Ruby

Everybody is talking about microservices, but I haven’t seen a lot of good, comprehensive descriptions of how to actually write a microservice in Ruby. This may be because a significant number of Ruby developers are still most comfortable with Rails (which is not a bad thing in and of itself, but it’s not all Ruby is capable of). So I ...

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CSS Display Property Example

In this article we will show, what is and how to use the display property from CSS. The css specification is maintained by the word wide web consortium (W3C). Here we will introduce the values  for display property defined in w3c specification. 1. Introduction The display property lets you define how a certain html element should be displayed. Each layout ...

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Triggering a Client Cache Refresh

More and more web sites are using a single page style architecture.  This means there is a bunch of static resources (aka assets) including: JS CSS HTML templates Images … all residing in the client’s browser.  For performance reasons, the static content is usually cached. And like all caches, eventually the data gets stale and the cache must be refreshed. ...

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PHP HTML Table Example

In this example we shall show you how to create html tables with dynamic php. PHP is a server-side scripting language used by most web developers for creating dynamic and responsive web pages(A dynamic webpage is one whose content change automatically each time the page is viewed). Html is simply a language used to describe webpages. Html tables allow web ...

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Simple code is beautiful

Despite the large number of languages and tools that will get thrown at you if you mention web development (Ruby! React! Node.js! AngularJS! Gulp! Python!), the simplest web application you can create includes HTML, CSS and a bit of JavaScript for the interactivity. You don’t even need to setup a web server: just open it in your browser or host ...

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PHP Curl Get/Post Example

If you have worked with Linux, you will have probably used cURL for downloading resources from the Internet. This powerful library can also be used in PHP scripts, and that is what we are going to see in this example. For this example, we will use: Ubuntu (14.04) as Operating System. Apache HTTP server (2.4.7). PHP (5.5.9). Tip You may skip ...

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