Archive for the ‘web’ Category

SSL Certificate Verification and Httplib2

February 6, 2012

I’ve started experimenting with httplib2 to make REST calls to Parse.com. It looks decent enough, but it doesn’t include a root certificate that can validate the Parse SSL certificate. Below, I show examples of (1) the easy work-around and (2) the real solution.
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Soup of the Day Web Caching

December 8, 2010

Soup of the Day (SOTD) is an imaginary web caching strategy whose defining characteristic is to manipulate users  into requesting content from the cache in preference to content not in the cache.

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Yahoo! Pipes – Helping Me Travel on the Cheap

October 13, 2009

Yahoo Pipes is something I came across when trying to find a RSS aggregator/keyword spotter/emailer.  It is a really neat web-based graphical scripting tool for manipulating web-accessible data.  It’s got a  regex component to manipulate datasources!

It didn’t take me long to construct a pipe that pulls multiple airline ticket RSS feeds from the STA website containing “Chicago” or “Detroit” and then sorts the aggregated feeds by ascending price.  The result is output to an RSS feed, whose updates can be sent to an email address by Yahoo Alerts.

Yahoo has been aggressively climbing back into the ranks of “cool” for the past few years.  I’ve been impressed with the amount they contribute to the web and open source community and how they seem to be more proactive than Google about sharing their research.  Thanks again, Yahoo!

Minor Greasemonkey Tweak to MSU Course Scheduler

October 10, 2009

Every time I use the MSU Course Scheduler, I may or may not remember to click the “View all results on one page” checkbox.  It’s a small pet peeve, but Greasemonkey comes to the rescue.  This simple Greasemonkey script will set the checkbox whenever the page is loaded.