My Single Most Valuable Skill

Recently, I’ve come to realize that my most valuable skill is my writing ability. I’ve had the honor of helping a few of my just-graduating friends apply for jobs and polish their (sic due to laziness) resumes. From that experience and also being involved in a hiring process more than once, I’ve had a wide range […]

Clean Coding

Consider the following source code: $uSess = uLogin($uName, $pwd); That’s a fictional piece of code that might exist in a login script. The uLogin function, short for “user login” versus, perhaps, aLogin for “admin login”, accepts two parameters: a username and a password and assigns the result to a session variable called “uSess”. This sort of […]

Left Join Snafu

How embarrassing. I learned something new today that I really should have known for some number of years now. Left joins can increase the result set size.  Here’s what I thought left joins do: When you combine two tables together with a left join, the source table (the one on the left) becomes the “anchor” […]