things I learnt today….

Muchness was learnt today, but it’s all quite fluid really. I played alot with PHP stuff for the website, got reCAPTCHA working, went through all the SQL to make sure it was secure, and went through a lot more of the PayPal API stuff. I’ve just got to confirm the return calls from PayPal and that’ll all be good. All the other flow of the payments is lovely (now it’s jinxed, eh what?). The main fiddle to go is the generation of the attachments for the emails to clients. It’s someting REALLY simple (like all code is), but I keep missing it. I’ve got the file generation happening for download (.pdf, .xls, and .csv) but not the connecting to the email….I’ll probably fix it in 5 minutes tomorrow. 

I’ll be posting a big tutorial on dynamic .pdf generation over the weekend, or early next week, because I’ve finally got all of that sussed. I have to say, the biggest help with getting that side of it all figured out was all the 3D graphics and such from CS373. By the time I’d finished working in 3-space for those assignments, 2D for an A4 page was like being at the beach. The biggest thing is remembering to double-check the order you print to the page, and that you reset colors during loops for dynamic data printing.

Other stuff….one of my CompSci lecturers has proven himself to be above-and-beyond a wonderful and dedicated man. Burkhard from my CS373 paper, not only was answering assignment questions throughout the night in a lucid and coherent manner (answering questions at 1am, and then being back up to email the class at 7am!) but, in my humble (??) opinion, provided the most outstanding set of model answers for an assignment I have ever seen. Not only were they legible, but they were beyond comprehensive, and provided full explanations and detail! It is not the most common of things to happen, as most model answers require clarification….

I’ve got my 40% CCNA Semester 2 final exam tomorrow, so I’d best get some rest now.  I’ll leave you with this bit of excellence: 

and this shows just how brilliant a real Rickroll can be!! Gives new meaning to AWESOME!!!

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About Cameron
I'm a final year Computer Science/Information Systems major. Already finished my BA in Politics/Philosophy. I do web and software freelance on the side, while I finish studying. Hoping to be self-employed by the end of my degree, otherwise off into the real-world I go....

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