Friday, October 24, 2008


Some new installments on regularexpressions. That has been one of my favorite reads on the internet for actual practical information on using scripting languages and things outside the usual enterprise application java/.NET/LAMP world that so many of us inhabit.

Glad it's back with new material!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Opening explorer shells

I'm often in the command line on a windows box and need to open an explorer shell for a variety of reasons. You can simply type explorer . (don't forget the dot) at the prompt and a window will open that points at the current directory.

I got tired of typing that much and created a file called ex.bat that I dropped in my windows directory. You can put it anywhere in your path. Here is the contents of the batch file

@echo off
explorer .

Just copy the above, stick it in a text file and save it to c:\windows\ex.bat. Then typing ex at the command prompt will do the same as explorer .

New spot for quick updates

Having spent time writing full length articles on janitor programmer, I figured I needed a spot to just put quick updates of things I've stumbled across and figured out. Rather than write my own or install wordpress or one of a hundred other things, I figured I may as well take advantage of blogger.