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« on: April 20, 2007, 03:03:37 PM »

Hi all,

great to have a forum which covers so many languages at one place. All the stuff you have to know!

I started programming in 1979 when I studied physics. It began with Fortran, Pascal and C. Spent also some years with Cobol and ABAP for commercial applications.

Since 1999 I'm developing Perl scripts and got my experiences with MySQL. Perl and MySQL is my preferred combination.

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2007, 03:04:11 PM »

Hey dirk

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2007, 03:19:14 PM »

Damn hot that you're here my friend.

A story about Dirk, Ralph and Fantomas:
Here I am, about 6 years ago, moving off Windoz crap, a web server called, cleverly, "Website" by O'Reilly and I had not done a thing with Apache, Regex or any of it. I had just gotten buttraped by an SEO company claiming that I'd "be in the top 10 in 90 days guaranteed" and 10K and 180 days later I was NOWHERE. I began researching and figured out quickly that my issue was a highly dynamic site, complicated parameter based URLS and at the time, most engines did not like that.

I came across the notion of cloaking, researched a bunch and found "Industrial Strength Cloaking by Fantomas." I began using the database but had built my own systems for cloaking since I now knew WTF I was doing (a bit).

But then I had troubles - I wanted to do a particular thing with Apache and had no idea how to do it. Well, Ralph and Dirk had been great so far, why not? So I called Ralph and told him what I wanted - he said he'd be right back. 10 minutes later, he says that Dirk can do it for $150USD, but I had to pay first. I was curious, but agreed.

In about 15 seconds later, I received a 3 line mod_rewrite condition and rule (hell, the first line was "RewriteEngine on"  ROFLMAO ) and it worked BRILLIANTLY. I called Ralph back who was a bit sheepish on the phone at first, not knowing if I was going to lambast him for scoffing so much for so little.

I was laughing my ass off. Flipping Europeans had out-capitalized an American, and even been a perfect living example of the "Knowing Exactly Where To Kick" analogy.

In the weeks following that I spent a more time with Dirk on regexs and mod_rewrite and he really demonstrated his generosity with information, patience  ( Roll Eyes whooboy did he need it at times) and capability. Since then we've gotten together a few times (Ralph as well) and they have both become dear friends as well as profound assets as compatriots. Although it will be difficult to entice Ralph to join a coder's board, he is one to know as well, if you ever get the privilege.

Thanks Dirk for being here and moderating!

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