How not to use' "Taxonomy: Term ID (with depth)" Argument

I could write a tutorial on how to use Views' two most nefarious arguments, "Taxonomy: Term ID (with depth)" and "Taxonomy: Term ID depth modifier," but I won't. There are plenty of those. Instead, I'll just tell you how not to use them.

If you're like me, you'll get very excited when you see a URL that looks like It will fool you into thinking that you can create a view which accepts infinite taxonomy term arguments, each separated with a pretty slash. Well you can't. At least, not exactly.

Simple jQuery script for swapping images on hover/rollover

Here's a little jQuery snippet that I use often. It lets you easily specify a 'hover-state' image for any html element with class 'rollover.' Just set the rel attribute to equal the rollover image, and the src attribute to equal the original.

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {

//rollover swap images with rel var img_src = ""; var new_src = "";

Example implementation of jQuery Validation plugin

The jQuery validation plugin is an excellent tool for validating forms. The online documentation is actually quite extensive, but I found it difficult to locate any example code that really showed a full implementation of the plugin with all of its methods. After a lot of collaborative work, I've written an implementation of this plugin that manages to use most of the of customizable methods.

Setting up Drush on Siteground's shared hosting environment

Just a quick note to other siteground users with ssh access to their shared hosting accounts: Drush can work via the command line in a siteground environment. Here are some specific settings that I had to include to get it to work:

~/.bashrc: alias drush='/usr/local/php52/bin/php-cli ~/drush/drush.php --php=/usr/local/php52/bin/php-cli'

~/.bash_profile PATH=$PATH:~/home/[myuser]/drush:$HOME/bin

Drush - too many levels of recursion

I'm a total linux noob. So when I tried to manually set up Drush on a Linux server today, I ran into a bit of trouble. Following the Drush instructions, I put drush outside of the webroot and attempted to create a symbolic link between the Drush directory and /usr/bin.

The drush readme instructs a noob to do the following: ln -s /path/to/drush/drush /usr/bin/drush

So, I navigated to the drush directory and tried to follow instructions: cd /var/www/drush ln -s drush /usr/bin/drush

Add a unique body class in Ruby on Rails template

After using Drupal's template.php file to preprocess html and add unique classes to various html elements, I because very dependent on page specific css classes. While building a Ruby on Rails app, I thought it would be nice to at least add in a page-specific body class. Here's a quick snippet you can use:

<% page = request.request_uri.gsub(/^(\/)?/, '') page = page.gsub(/\//, '-') %> ">

This will:

Helpful regexs for stripping extranous styling

Content migration is a pain, particularly when you are charged with copying content from an old html site into a new framework. Often times, old content comes with the baggage of inline css styling, which wreaks havoc on your pretty new site design. Here's a handful of helpful regexs that I use to strip out undeed inline styling, while still preserving the html element structure.

To strip out span tags: <span[^>]+> Follow up to strip out the close tags:

Strip out inline styling: style="[^"]+"

Joomla: dynamically adding stylesheets by category and section

I once had the misfortune of developing a Joomla site with three separate templates, each of which contained four separate color schemes. The color scheme needed to be selected based on the content's section and/or category.

This PHP script will cycle through various methods for determining category id, section id, or content id. It also includes an array for manually setting the stylesheet by id.