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OPERATION SANTA

USPS Operation Santa

Have some spare cash this year? Would you like to do something nice for a less fortunate individual or family for Christmas? Head on over to USPS Operation Santa and consider adopting an individual or family.



RAT FINK

I need to get my hands on a Summer Convention, Limited Edition, Rat Fink by Funko. These turned out awesome and I want one!


Rat Fink (Funko Pop)



SMARTER BROWSING

I utilize the Brave web browser on all of my PC's (Linux, Mac, and Windows) as well as on all of my mobile devices. It's fast, safe, secure, and follows W3C standards for a better viewing experience. I highly recommend watching the below interview with, Yan Zhu (BCRYPT) and consider giving Brave a try!



POWERSHELL

Microsoft PowerShell

I've used PowerShell in the past on projects at work. Mainly searching through multiple documents looking for certain patterns and outputting the files that matched those patterns. This week I had a task of pulling 154 records out of a document that had 156,000 records total. The script would then need to write those 154 records to a new text file keeping the exact same format as they were in the original document.

I originally thought about doing this with Python but I wanted to try with PowerShell. With the help of online docs and PowerShell's help pages I was able to piece together the code to do this in about 10 lines that ran in under a minute and worked beautifully. I must say PowerShell is definitely a step in the right direction for Microsoft. Working on a command line and having many tools available to me really made me feel as if I were back working on one of my Linux workstations.

I highly recommend PowerShell for developers working in a Microsoft Windows environment. Especially if you're working with large amounts of data.



REGULAR EXPRESSIONS
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I stumbled across a nice online regular expression testing tool yesterday. It's called RegExPal and has been a handy tool for writing regular expressions and testing them before implementation.



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