Aug 10, 2015 in Snippets

The ad policy is what is costing publishers millions of dollars – the ad blockers are what keep the readership from leaving the site!

Automatic crash reporting using FogBugz for PowerShell

Aug 3, 2015 in PowerShell

This morning I integrated our PowerShell processes into FogBugz by writing a small module that submits occurrences of all errors to BugzScout. You might want to do something similar so I did this write-up.

Broadly it works similar to BugzScoutLogWriter that I developed previously for integration with SilverStripe CMS. In this case however, we need to do the following things:

  1. Set the script to stop on all errors so they can be trapped instead of ending the execution of the script.
  2. Capture the error details and submit them to FogBugz
  3. Have an error occur. 😉

I’ve published the code in a Gist for you a have a look. I include the function in every script I use.

Jul 24, 2015 in Snippets

If your blog is more of a reference than a diary, why do you organise your posts in a timeline? Instead group them by category.

Jul 23, 2015 in Snippets

Let’s all turn off on-site commenting, and allow replies via moderated trackback. Anyone can start a blog and participate with increased civility and ownership. DONE.

Enum label lookup

Jul 23, 2015 in SilverStripe

In your datamodel you might have a Enum field such as this date-based dropdown:

public static $db = array(
    "Year"        => "Enum('2013, 2014, 2015')"

Internally, SilverStripe stores the index, so that when you retrieve the value in methods such as onBeforeWrite, instead of 2013 you will receive 1. Use the function below to retrieve the label of the Enum:

public function EnumLabel($field_name) {
    $enumValues = $this->dbObject($field_name)->enumValues();
    $label    = $enumValues[$this->$field_name];
    return $label;

// $year = $this->EnumLabel('Year');

LessThanOrEqual in SilverStripe 3.0

Jul 23, 2015 in SilverStripe

When adding a filter on a DataList sometimes you need to do a <= rather than a <. Unfortunately the LessThanOrEqual and GreatherThanOrEqual search filters do not exist in SilverStripe 3.0.x, they were added in 3.1.

Therefore we have to write our own where clause like the following example:

// Return all the sessions on or before the $date
$sessions = new DataList('AcademicSession');
$sessions = $sessions->where('"SessionStartDate" <= \'' . $date . '\'');

Jul 16, 2015 in Snippets

#iosstorymode “the best of the year of high quality of life and the other hand is the only thing that would have to go back.”

Jul 16, 2015 in Snippets

#iosstorymode Open a new note, enter the first word, then keep pressing the text suggestions button and see what stream of consciousness erupts.

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