Getting Up To Speed With Sublime Text 2 – Notes For Notepad++ Users

I recently started a love affair with the Sublime Text 2 text editor. Looking around the web, I’m certainly not alone, and there are many great tips and tricks posts. I probably can’t write anything better than what’s already out there, so this post is really just an attempt to document for my future self my own customization decisions and the logic behind my choices.

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Introducing Ippsy, The Experimental Javascript Application

A year or so ago I spent a few hours writing an IPv4 subnet calculator in javascript. I didn’t have any real goal, just a desire to play with javascript. I promptly forgot about it. Then a month or so ago I found it again and dusted it back off. I had a lot of fun rewriting it and then… forgot about it again.

After remembering it yet again last night, I decided enough was enough, filed the roughest edges off of it, and posted it:

Ippsy, The Experimental Javascript Application

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Example TestLink XMLRPC Clients in Perl

There are not many good examples floating around of Perl clients for TestLink’s XMLRPC API. There are two examples included with the 1.9.3 source, but they are very brief. I wrote two scripts to support a first-blush attempt at automated test running, and while they will get a lot more refinement over time, I thought abstracted versions of them might be beneficial for others trying to write Perl clients (or in any language – they perl samples were so sparse I largely based my script on the python example).

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Missing TestLink API Function – getExecutionResults()

I have finally come to terms with the TestLink API and have bashed out an automated test runner written in perl (which I hope to clean up and post in the next few days, there don’t seem to be many (or any) examples of this in the wild).

After getting nightly automated testing running, I wanted a very simple script which would, for each test case in a given test plan, compare the last and the second to last result and print a warning if they were different. Long term I will have better automated reporting, but our test script library is still so new that it’s not really news that a lot of them are failing. What would be news is if a specific test case passed two nights ago but failed last night.

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Expect scripts, [exec], and SIGCHLD

I had to debug an expect script that would not run in a specific environment today, and the solution was so frustrating that I had to write it down.

In short, expect’s [exec] functionality requires SIGCHLD to be functional to work correctly. If you have ignored the signal, you get a very nice explanation of why your script has just died. For instance:

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Swaks Release 20120320.0 Available

Update 2018-11-06: If you came here because of the announcement about version 20181104.0, the wrong URL was used in the announcement. The correct location for the new release is

A new version of swaks is currently available for download.


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Commented SQL, Named Parameters, and PHP’s PDO module

I can’t include code in this post because I don’t own it, but I think I can discuss the concept, which I found really interesting.

A coworker had the idea to extend the PDO prepare() method to aid in debugging. I’m not sure if he implemented something he found on the net or it was an original idea, but I really like the results. It prepends, to every query executed, an SQL comment (ala “/* comment */“) including the username of the logged in user and the URL of the current request. This usually makes no difference, but if you’re in a really tough spot in debugging you can turn on mysql general_log, run the session that is having problems, and easily see every query that the was executed on behalf of the user having problems.

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