How to Create Custom Mac Icons

Creating Custom Mac Icons

Creating customized Mac icons for your folders, files, and applications is very easy – the most difficult part is ensuring that you have the right tools for the job. But hey, that’s why I’m here. 🙂 I’ve done the research to find the best ways to create your own customized Mac icons. Here’s a little tutorial on a couple methods that I have personally tested and confirmed.

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How to Integrate Propel 2 with Laravel 4.1.x

I was recently doing some prototyping with Laravel, the self-proclaimed “PHP Framework for Web Artisans”.  It seems to be gaining quite some traction within the framework community, and it boasts some cool features such as dependency injection via an Inversion of Control container and a groovy command-line interface called Artisan.  Even better, the framework documentation is clearly written, detailed enough to dig beneath surface level, and (most importantly) it works.

Laravel ships with its own home-brewed ORM called Eloquent (based on the Active Record pattern), but I wanted to see how easy or difficult it would be to integrate another popular ORM, Propel, into the framework.  This would be an important consideration if a project were already using Propel with another framework, but wanted to transition to Laravel without having to rewrite its data mappings.  I found a solid post online that outlined an integration for Laravel 4 and Propel 1.6, but Propel is now in version 2 so some steps were no longer accurate.  I ended up figuring my way around the integration, and wanted to share my notes in this post.

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How to Wrap Text in a jQuery Mobile List

I’ve been doing some development in jQuery Mobile, and though it’s still in Alpha, it’s a great library. That said, there are still some serious bugs in it and some other less than ideal things happening. In any case, working with jQuery Mobile has certainly helped my debugging skills along.  🙂  One of the toughest issues that almost had me pulling out my hair was figuring out how to wrap text in a jQuery Mobile list.  Read on for the fix.

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More Syntax Highlighting for Coda

Coda ships with syntax highlighting support for a lot of great languages, but some are noticeably left out of the mix. I was recently helping a buddy set up an environment to develop C programs on an external server, and while Coda seemed a clear better alternative to using Nano (particularly since we could still compile and run the programs from Coda’s built-in terminal), the program lacked syntax highlighting for the C language.

Adding highlighting for C (and a host of other languages) turned out to be pretty easy.

To add support for other languages, download this zip file, unzip, and copy the Modes folder into Contents > Resources of the Coda package distribution. To access the contents of the package, right click on the Coda application and select “Show Package Contents”. Then navigate to Contents > Resources.

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If you are asked, overwrite existing folders and files. Note that if you only want to install certain syntax highlighting modes, just copy and paste what you need (of the .mode files in the downloaded Modes folder) into the Modes folder in the Coda package. I forgot which languages were standard to Coda so I’ve just included all of the ones I have in the download.
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Office 2007 MIME Types

Here’s a list of MIME Types for Office 2007 files (those pesky files extensions that end with an x). Useful for file type checking in web applications and the like.

  • .docm – application/vnd.ms-word.document.macroEnabled.12
  • .docx – application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document
  • .dotm – application/vnd.ms-word.template.macroEnabled.12
  • .dotx – application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.template
  • .potm – application/vnd.ms-powerpoint.template.macroEnabled.12
  • .potx – application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.template
  • .ppam – application/vnd.ms-powerpoint.addin.macroEnabled.12
  • .ppsm – application/vnd.ms-powerpoint.slideshow.macroEnabled.12
  • .ppsx – application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.slideshow
  • .pptm – application/vnd.ms-powerpoint.presentation.macroEnabled.12
  • .pptx – application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation
  • .xlam – application/vnd.ms-excel.addin.macroEnabled.12
  • .xlsb – application/vnd.ms-excel.sheet.binary.macroEnabled.12
  • .xlsm – application/vnd.ms-excel.sheet.macroEnabled.12
  • .xlsx – application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet
  • .xltm – application/vnd.ms-excel.template.macroEnabled.12
  • .xltx – application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.template

How to Remove the Top Border from Drupal Tables

I’ve been very busy developing a couple projects over the past couple days, but here is a quick little trick to get around one of Drupal’s quirks. If you’re unfamiliar with Drupal, it’s a fantastic CMS (content management system) built on PHP and MySQL. For those blog-savvy among us, it is to general websites what WordPress is to blogs. I use Drupal to get sites up quickly and with great functionality, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to build powerful, custom websites without “re-inventing the wheel.”

Anyway, Drupal has this strange quirk in its source that creates a small grey border on the top of tables inserted in a page’s content.  A quick trip to my inspector revealed how to remove the top border from Drupal tables.  Simply add the following line to your CSS.

body tbody { border-top: none; }

All there is to it. 🙂