Michael McLaughlin
Rexburg, ID




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TurboTax Bug
Wed, 23 Dec 2015 20:31:42 +0000
It was quite annoying to find that TurboTax couldn’t send me a text message to confirm my order of a second state. However, I made the mistake of clicking the “Confirm my account a different way (takes longer)” radio button to get to their web page. After I got two-step verification enabled on their web […]


IT Salary Thought
Tue, 22 Dec 2015 01:24:26 +0000
During the holidays, I check salaries for my students and the IT industry overall. I’m never surprised by the reality, after all salaries pay for return on skills and effort. Here’s my annual look, which some may find unkind but reality is seldom kind. Before looking at IT salaries, it seems like a good opportunity […]


Fedora LAMP Steps
Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:44:53 +0000
I posted earlier in the year how to configure a Fedora instance to test PHP code on a local VM. However, I’ve got a few questions on how to find those posts. Here’s a consolidation with links on those steps: Go to this blog post and install the httpd and php libraries with the yum […]


REGEXP_LIKE Behavior
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 01:23:38 +0000
Often, the biggest problem with regular expressions is that those who use them sometimes don’t use them correctly. A great example occurs in the Oracle Database with the REGEXP_LIKE function. For example, some developer use the following to validate whether a string is a number but it only validates whether the first character is a […]


Create MySQL Index
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:41:16 +0000
Indexes are separate data structures that provide alternate pathways to finding data. They can and do generally speed up the processing of queries and other DML commands, like the INSERT, UPDATE, REPLACE INTO, and DELETE statements. Indexes are also called fast access paths. In the scope of the InnoDB Database Engine, the MySQL database maintains […]


SQL*Plus Tricks
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:19:03 +0000
Have you ever wondered how to leverage substitution variables in anonymous block programs? There are several tricks that you can use beyond passing numeric and string values to local variable. The generic default appears to take a number unless you cast it as a string but that’s not really the whole story. The first two […]


 
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Name: Michael McLaughlin
Location: Rexburg, ID
Subjects: Applications; Databases; Middleware; Servers;

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