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Fixing PHP Warning: mysqli_real_connect(): (HY000/2002): with WP CLI and MAMP

February 21, 2019 | Posted in WordPress

This will be a short post, but I felt it necessary to do since I had to deal with this is a non-standard way given my situation. I decided to play around with WP CLI to scaffold out the theme for a project that we are starting, but ran into a few configuration issues. It […]

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Setup AWS CloudFront for WordPress | Scaling this Blog

December 7, 2018 | Posted in AWS,WordPress

Over the past few years, this site has gone through some pretty substantial changes. After getting hacked on BlueHost sometime in 2016, I reworked the entire site architecture using hand-rolled resources on AWS. While this taught me a lot, it has been increasingly expensive and time-consuming. To keep my costs down, I’m really relying on […]

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Translate Text Selection in a Google Doc using Google Apps Script

October 5, 2018 | Posted in Google Apps Script,Google Drive

In this quick tutorial, we’re going to build a simple little menu add-on for Google Docs that lets you translate text into another language. Some of this functionality may be baked into Google Docs at this point, but this should be a good tutorial that wraps together a few different services and methods of augmenting […]

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Auto Fill a Google Doc from a Google Form Submission

September 17, 2018 | Posted in Google Apps Script,Google Drive,Google Sheets

It’s been awhile since I have written anything to do with Google Apps Script, so I decided to start exploring some features of the Apps Script world that are new to me. When I first got started with Apps Script almost 6 years ago, there were lots of things I wanted to do, but just […]

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Creating a Virtual Assistant with Amazon Lex and Lambda

August 29, 2018 | Posted in AWS,JavaScript

In a previous post, I wrote about some of my experiences building chatbots with the Amazon Lex platform, and I guess this post will represent the culmination of that experimental work into a production ready tool. Throughout this process, I’ve learned a lot more about building applications using AWS services, but it has also helped […]

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Using the Right Tools: Indexing in MySQL

August 27, 2018 | Posted in MySQL

As I’m sure this is with most people, my deepest learning moments come from random walks down different avenues. In preparation for a GIS focused project I might get to work on, I spent a few minutes reviewing the geospatial features available in MySQL, which lead me down some side research into database indexes. You […]

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Load Testing WordPress Multisite

August 2, 2018 | Posted in WordPress

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been dealing with some heavy fallout from a recent server migration on our large WordPress MU installation. While moving everything from Linode to Digital Ocean should give us a more powerful toolset, save on costs, and give us more infrastructure flexibility, I wish the cut over was uneventful. On […]

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Recursive Recursion with Vue

July 25, 2018 | Posted in JavaScript

We’ve been working on a project with some of the folks from the medical campus since I’ve been at VCU. They are developing a large OER site for Histology, which is the study of cells, but we’re approaching a point where this single site has over 1000 pages in a nested menu structure. Since the […]

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Aggregating Data Hypotheses with Firebase

May 31, 2018 | Posted in Data Visualization

This project builds off of some work that Tom and Matt did over last summer for an eco techniques course¬†focused on open science, data visualization, and experiment design. We were trying to replicate an interesting interactive published by the New York Times on the Obama presidency.¬†The main crux of this interactive is the idea of […]

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Storytelling with Scrolling Map Background

May 18, 2018 | Posted in Data Visualization,GIS

For a recent project, we were helping a group from the Environmental Sciences department translate some of their academic research on a particular type of bird into a more general narrative targeted towards a general audience. As a part of this process, we wanted to create a section of our companion site that illustrates the […]

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