Sean Wragg
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REST API: Node vs Rust

With all the hype surrounding Rust, I've decided to take a closer look. So I spent about an hour or so looking over the Rust Docs and admittingly, it looks like a really fun language. A brief look at Node and Rust in the context of web api frameworks However, I wanted to see how it'd stack up against my current favorite web layer Node.js…

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Hulu's 'Shut Eye' - Thoughts

Let me start by stating, I (for the most part) actually enjoyed watching this series as the acting was superb. Also, this rant will most certainly contain spoilers (duh). A few quick (opinionated) thoughts on Hulu's Original - Shut Eye starring Jeffrey Donovan. If you haven't already, checkout Hulu's Original Series Shut Eye starring Jeff…

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Building a Traffic Control System - Part 1

So I've decided to (attempt to) create a fully functional Traffic Control system. Honestly, I don't have any particular reason for this project other than to satisfy my own curiosity. This is intended to be a multi-part series on how to create a Traffic light control System. I'm sure we've all experienced that moment in traffic: sitting…

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PHP: A case for Zephir

What the Zephir!? Zephir is an open source, high-level language designed to ease the creation and maintainability of extensions for PHP, with a focus on type and memory safety. (Ze)ndEngine / (P)HP / (I)nte(r)mediate Zephir is a language that addresses the major needs of a PHP developer trying to write and compile code that can be ex…

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Express route param regex validation

Recently, I came across some confusion in the Express 4.x API documentation regarding how to use regex to validation route parameters. It seems there's been an update and the method to accomplish this differs from version 4.11 and 4.12. The punchline here is that the docs actually provide all the information needed but, when you're glanci…

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MPC Knight Rider KITT build

This is my second attempt at putting together any model car. My first attempt didn't go as well as I initially expected. I'm hoping to apply the lesson's learned for a better end result :) Unboxing Painting For the seats, I used Model Master's Fabric Tan; which gave them a much less plastic-y look. The rip in the seat furthest to the righ…

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AMT 1967 Shelby GT-350 build

This is an extension of my the RPF post. Many of those that have worked on model cars/trains/planes, have been doing it for years; most, starting at a young age. Any model search on the Real Prop Forum will yield an impressive display from experienced modelers. Unfortunately, I've yet to gain that experience. This my first attempt at p…

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Node.js HTML5 Websocket Example

Below is a very simple example of how to create a basic websocket using node.js. Websockets are great for maintaining a server/client relationship without as much of the overhead of HTTP web traffic. Today, websockets are used to build a magnitude of browser-based real-time applications (live chats, multiplayer games). Basically it's a pe…

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Dynamically change URL using Push and Pop state

This practice is becoming more common throughout sites (such as Twitter and Facebook) for changing a URL within the address bar without reloading another page. One of the most common use cases, allows users to bookmark or share URLs when sites are using some type of infinite scroll or Single Page Applications (SPAs). This is an extension…

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My SportsCenter Commercial debut

So I was an extra in a SportsCenter Commercial. We shot this a few months back and it's just been released today! I was impressed that ESPN actually flew out all the mascots from their respective colleges. Thanks to Erik Haddad for getting me involved! I can be seen in the background walking after Boston College crashes into the window.…

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