John Sequeira


Thursday, May 05, 2005
You can Fiddle

with firefox, too.
9:29:56 AM      comment []  trackback []

Here's a code snippet that uses CPAN module IO::All to return a pdf of a dynamic HTML page to the browser. IO::All demonstrates the potential for API simplication w/operator overloading when applied to something mundane like file access:

    my $fname = ('?'); # create temp file handle
    my $htmldoc = io("| $htmldoc  -t pdf14 -f $fname --datadir $htmldoc_dir --footer t/D  -")   
      or $logger->fatal( "Couldn't open htmldoc: $! $?" );
    $html > $htmldoc;  # pass string to pipe
    my $pdf = io($fname);    
    my $binary = $pdf->binary->scalar; # slurp up output pdf file
    $pdf->unlink();  #delete temp file
    return $binary;

IO::All author Ingy has done some really good work smoothing over the rough corners of perl. If that's something that interests you, I suggest looking over two of his other modules: Spiffy and YAML. The ajax-enthusiasts are discovering the YAML-subset JSON ... so maybe it will get some of the popularity it deserves.
9:24:51 AM      comment []  trackback []

Why Tables for Layout is Stupid

This presentation may be a couple of years old, but some of the smartest programmers I know (myself included!) never quite got around to taking a look at CSS for layout.

I'm not much of a 'front-end' guy, but sometimes it has to be done. Justification + some helpful hints on doing it right (i.e. w/css).

(via Tucows Developer Hangout)
9:21:40 AM      comment []  trackback []

© Copyright 2005 John Sequeira.
May 2005
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        
Apr   Jun

Click here to visit the Radio UserLand website.

Click to see the XML version of this web page.

Click here to send an email to the editor of this weblog.
Yahoo: johnseq2
MSN: [email protected]
AIM: amped02139
Skype: johnjulian