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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in General   August 21, 2008

10 Tools for Beginning Bloggers

Everyone has a blog nowadays, right? Not quite, but everyday more people start blogging about their passions, experiences, businesses and dreams. Below is a list of 10 tools that will help bloggers just starting out to get up and running quickly and start spreading their word throughout the web.

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Business   August 10, 2008

Surprise Your Customers

I have a subscription to National Geographic Adventure magazine, the photos in it kick ass and I also enjoy dreaming of running off to the bizzare destinations they write about. Anyway, about a month ago I came across a brightly colored full page add for a web site called Zappos. After visiting the site and looking around a little I determined that it was just another online shoe store and moved on.

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Programming   August 1, 2008

Generating PDF files using CodeIgniter

PDF files rock! Some of the programs used to view them could use some work, but the file format itself is real handy. As a programmer I have found PDF’s to be most helpful when generating reports that need to be printable. I know we are all supposed to be doing our part to make our offices “greener” and use less resources like paper. But some things just need to be printed (especially when your talking about the financial and legal industries).

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Tutorial   July 15, 2008

Turn Your RSS Feed Into an E-mail Newsletter

I had one of those duh moments this morning. Every once and a while I come across a web app that solves a problem or does something interesting and I can’t help but ask myself “why didn’t I think of that?”. The app I found this morning is called Nourish and it allows you to turn any RSS feed into an e-mail newsletter. In looking through their site it looks like the app was launched back in January (of ’08) and I think the concept is brilliant.

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Career   July 3, 2008

What does your code say about you?

Don’t look now, but someone is talking about you behind your back. They are spreading all kinds of ugly rumors about your work/programming abilities. I’m not talking about your best friend or even the guy you share an office with… I’m talking about your code.

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Programming   July 1, 2008

Simply Perfect RSS Parsing

RSS is a really useful tool for syndicating content between separate sites. Those people familiar with blogs and such are probably very familiar with RSS. Some of the clients where I work have taken advantage of RSS feeds provided by Web MD and other medical content providers to display new and updated content on their own practice websites. It’s a nice feature, especially for sites whose content doesn’t change all that often. You just need to be sure to check the terms of use for the site whose feed you want to use to make sure that type of use is allowed.

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Meta avatar Chris Monnat in Programming   June 29, 2008

10 Reasons Why CodeIgniter Rocks

The top 10 reasons why you will love working with the CodeIgniter framework.

Every once and a while you come across a blog post or forum discussion about what PHP application framework is the best. They each have their own positives and negatives, but the true answer to that question is that it depends on the programmer. Each programmer has a different style and different priorities when it comes to adopting a tool kit to use when building apps.

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Chris Monnat

Hi, my name is Chris. I am a developer, entrepreneur and all around tech enthusiast based out of Alexandria, VA. This is my own little island of information where I write about development and business related topics on a semiregular basis.

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