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Code and stuff

Closing an eye on bad practices

You know how some people just loooove to bash Internet Explorer, considering it one of the worst things that happened to the Internet, the arch enemy of web developers and the only browser where bugs happen? Well, not for me! My nemesis is Firefox! It was the end of a
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Building a Facebook Messenger bot - how to start

Of all the new web technologies announced in the past years, nothing seemed more interesting to me than the new chat bot movement, particularly the one presented by Facebook. As someone who uses Facebook to keep in touch with friends, I've found the Messenger app useful simply because it allowed
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on python, ghost

Backing up Ghost blogs with Python

Having an up to date backup of your blog is very important if you don't want to end up crying for your data in case something goes horribly, horribly wrong. Importing and exporting a Ghost blog's settings and data is as easy as pressing a button but the truly hard
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on hosting-adventures

How I stumbled my way into adding SSL to my domain

I must admit I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to self-managed hosting. The past two years have been full of hosting-related adventures yet I still feel overjoyed each time I manage to achieve something trivial (with great efforts, I should add). After a couple of days
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on hosting-adventures

How to redirect www to non-www with Nginx / Ubuntu / DigitalOcean

Coming from the land of cPanel / Apache, managing my own droplet on DigitalOcean was a real adventure. Some things were easy to understand, some were harder and some made me look like the amateur I am. I managed to add multiple domains and subdomains with success during the past two
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Crashing the uncrashable

Usually the goal in programming is not to have your code crashing. Usually. I was mentioning last month that I took a liking to HackeRank and one of the most demanding challenges I ran into was one at the complete beginner / easy level. Titled Exceptions - String to Integer, it
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