Blocking Proxy Sites with JavaScript

By Josh Sherman
3 min read
development
javascript
spammers

Social websites don’t always attract the most desireable patrons and often times those users opt to hide their identity (as well as blocking banner ads) behind a proxy server. There are quite a few free web-based proxies out there (generally ad funded, some have premium tiers) and they typically have […]

Going Vanilla with MySQL

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
development
database
mysql

Over the last few years I’ve gotten down and dirty with MySQL’s config file, my.cnf. I read and re-read the MySQL documentation as well as any blog posts I could find on the subject. I was able to keep my connections low with caching and fought against the InnoDB buffer […]

The Accidental MVP

By Josh Sherman
4 min read
scenekids
development
retrospection

Over the last 10 years I’ve been a single digit employee at two startups in the Tampa area and both companies had completely different approaches to product development. At The Online Outpost we build an inventory management and listing platform for eBay consignment shops (remember those?!). The product was originally […]

Node.js for Web Apps? Not so much.

By Josh Sherman
3 min read
development
nodejs

I’m sure I’ll catch some flak for this from the Node.js community (which does seem to be thriving) but I’m just not seeing Node.js as a viable platform for building web applications. When I say web application, I specifically mean websites. The platform seems great for building small servers and […]

How a kindergarten teacher impacted my life

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
retrospection

If I were writing this at the time, it probably would have been more of a diatribe than an insightful look at how someone shaped my life. The year was 1986 and I had just finished up a short stint in Catholic school for pre-school. Kindergarten was quite a culture […]