Movielist changes + service

The first implementation of my movielist made use of IMDBPHP, a third party API thingy. I now finally got rid of it and wrote my own code. Not that IMDBPHP would have been bad in any way, it just was way to heavyweight for what I used it for. Additionally I created a little HTTP service which can be fed with an IMDb ID and a specification of information type via GET parameters to receive a plain text answer.
Since both the service and parts of the movielist use fsockopen() — which is disabled on bplaced.net — I have to host them on square7.ch.
Besides: Vim syntax highlighting (with background set to dark) is just sexy. <3

2012-02-17

Kill process by name (or: what pkill already does)

Whenever I wanted to terminate a program by force I used ps -A | grep PROGNAME, read the process id and then executed sudo kill PID. Now I wrote a one line bash script making things easier — reducing the required effort by half:

#!/bin/bash
sudo kill `ps -A | grep $1 | grep -Eo '[0-9]{3,4}'`

Also usable as a one line command which requires one to enter the program's name afterwards:

read x;sudo kill `ps -A | grep $x | grep -Eo '[0-9]{3,4}'`

The first version, however, is much more convenient. I stored it as nkill in /usr/bin/ which enables me to for example kill firefox with nkill firefox or kill all open terminals with nkill xterm.

Update: Uhm ... yeah ... I just learned that pkill does just that. :D

tags: linux

2012-01-24

Proper subsequent loading of content

On today's schedule:
light exercises in JavaScript, regular expressions and Vim. :D

I finally managed to grant my Elfen Lied content base a proper functionality to load content on demand. The full page contains images worth >60MB. Combined with slow speed due to free webspace you end up with a browsing experience of pure "meh ...". Until now I only hid collapsed content and displayed it on demand. Now expanding and collapsing really means loading the content and removing it. Not only hiding and displaying while loading it anyway.

tags: website

2012-01-17

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