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Adding another Stack to Cat
When two stacks are better than one. Also an introduction to the type annotation syntax which will be introduced in an upcoming version of Cat.

LRL: Digg me!
Almost there….

Rails 1.1.4 Should Run Unmodified in JRuby
Charles Nutter: “Now, with the release of 1.1.4, the following will all work out-of-the-box with JRuby 0.9.0 (currently in RC status):” gem install rails --include-dependencies Check # and use --no-rdoc for's too slow Check, even though it insisted on building documentation and yes, it was slow, but it finished eventually...

An Eclipse Rant
Why is it that everytime I try to upgrade from one stable Eclipse version (3.1 in this case) to a new one (3.2) I invariably end up having to do an install from scratch? Unzipping the new version over the old one resulted in lots of errors and non-functioning stuff, so I installed it all [...]

Version 0.3 of the Cat Programming Language
I've just released a new version of Cat, and it is leaner and meaner than ever. There have been syntax changes, and I attempt to provide a brief but useful tutorial.

Introducing Cool WordPress Theme - Frost
James Huff (aka MacManx) created a pretty cool free theme (style) Frost, based on Fauna. Frost (download) and Fauna (download) are two column theme similar to WordPress default theme. Frost has a nice light off-white winter look. It comes with a wider area for image. It is inspired by “frost, ice, snow, and winter”. Frost, unlike [...]

Mambo CMS Suffers From File Inclusion Vulnerability
Kw3[R]Ln has discovered a vulnerability in the MOD_CBSMS module for Mambo, which can be exploited to compromise a machine serving Mambo CMS. Input passed to the “mosConfig_absolute_path” parameter in mod_cbsms_messages.php isn’t properly verified, before it is used to include files. This can be exploited to include arbitrary...

Xoops CMS SQL Injection Vulnerability Reported
KeyCoder has discovered a vulnerability in the MyAds module for Xoops, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct SQL injection attacks. Input passed to the “lid” parameter in annonces-p-f.php isn’t properly sanitised before being used in a SQL query. This can be exploited to manipulate SQL queries by injecting...

Pure and Impure Functions
I am examing the meaning of purity with regards to functions in an attempt to close the gap between imperative and functional languages.

WordPress 2.0.4 & 2.1 Bug Hunt on July 4th
To help find WordPress bugs out of the upcoming 2.0.4 and 2.1 releases, WordPress development team is holding a Bug Hunt on July 4th. They will be finding and fixing bugs and cleaning up the bug tracker. Everyone is welcome to join in the #wordpress-bugs IRC channel as they go on the hunt. Bug hunting [...]

WordPress Automatic Machine Translator Plugin 2.0 Beta - Please Test
I am happy to announce we are very close to releasing WordPress Translator Plugin 2.0. It is a massive rewrite which supports 2.0.x version (targeted) of WordPress along with 1.5.x (not much tested). I am looking for your help in testing this release. Currently we have it working on our test site; check the dynamic [...]

mod_rewrite Lesson - How To Make It Work
I learnt a hard lesson today on mod_rewrite. I haven’t had time to explore further to find the root cause. I present it as it is in the hope that it will help someone like me to solve their strange mod_rewrite problems. I created a new website on a new domain which is hosted on the [...]

This about sums up my “opinion” of the average football fan….
(13:14:59) lejt: A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway in Germany. A man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down his window and asks, “What’s going on?” The man tells him, “Terrorists have kidnapped three England fans for a 10 million euro ransom or they’re going to douse them with [...]

Language Purity and Dirty and Clean Functions
The myth of functional language "purity" and marking side-effects in a programming language.

PHP Safe Mode Bypass Weakness Uncovered in error_log
Maksymilian Arciemowicz has discovered a weakness in PHP, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to bypass certain security restrictions. This could have a major impact in shared hosting systems. The weakness is caused due to an input validation error in the PHP error_log() function in the processing of the destination parameter. It...