Archive for September 2009

Cool Auction Solution for your Blog!

by Paul Wilson

Cool Auction Solution for your Blog!

auction-tag One of my favorite things to do is to find wordpress plugins. In fact, the plugins are what made me fall in love with wordpress. There are so many things that you can build and do with plugins. The nice thing is that you don’t have to pay someone to create these programs. I always tell clients, when I am using wordpress as their CMS solution, that there is probably few things they will ever need to build since the wordpress opensource community is so vast.

Currently, I am creating a finance website and was asked to include an auction into the site. Surprisingly, there are not a lot of auction plugins. However, I did find a plugin I was impressed with—wpauctions.com (yes, this is an affiliate link). Unfortunately, to get all the plugin’s functionality you need to put down $40 (they do have a free version you can use to test drive the plugin).

However, for me it was worth it because it added an additional layer to the overall site. The function that was valuable for me was the ability to put an auction into any of my posts or pages. I have a real gripe with ecommerce solutions that require a defined page or post that I am restricted to.

 
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Java Code for Validating 13 Digit ISBN Codes

by Paul Wilson

Java Code for Validating 13 Digit ISBN Codes
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Often this is exactly what I feel Java is!

So, I know that this isn’t a marketing post, but when you eat, breathe, and drink computer programming you tend to also write about it as well. Currently, for my master’s program I am enrolled in a Java programming class. As stated in previous posts, Java hasn’t been easy for me to learn. I am a hard core marketing guy. However, I do see great value in being able to speak geek language. It probably isn’t efficient any more for me to tell programmers to wave their magic keyboard and build what I am dreaming up in my head.

With that being said I am going to post the java projects that are either a) really cool or b) projects that I am just dang proud of completing. This project falls into the later category. The project is not all that interesting, unless you are someone who wants to validate ISBN codes for fun. Didn’t think so!

 
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