I fought the spam and I won….at least I ‘m going to win

So after my shoutbox warning (I know I know…the spam is automated) I came in this morning to see yet another shoutbox spam. So I have now banned the stupid man/woman/computer’s IP from my website. I also decided to go look through the comments I have recieved that have been identified as spam and indeed they were all spam…so I blocked their IPs too.


New Book

My wife was so kind as to get me what I’ve always wanted and never bought for myself….a Gift Certificate to Border’s Books. Needless to say I was ecstatic and immediatly went and spent the gift certificate plus a few more dollars on an nice O’Reilly book: Head First Design Patterns. At first glance it looks like a pretty fun approach to design patterns. Now, as far as design patterns go I have a pretty good, broad understanding of several different types of patterns, but I figured this book would go the rest of the way in embedding the concepts deeply into my brain. I just started reading the introduction a couple of minutes ago and I’ll let you know how it goes. It should be fun.

For those of you interested in how Design Patterns can be used in PHP I recommend you go to PHP Patterns. That site was created by Harry Fuecks. He hasn’t added new content in quite a while as he is kep pretty busy with his blog over at Sitepoint, and the info is only for PHP4. (PHP5 has better ways to do a few of his examples…but it wasn’t out when he made them.) In any case it’s still a good launching ground for patterns in PHP.