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Swimming In SQL

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Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

Well, I have finally started writing the DDL to build the database that the diplomacy server will run on. For a while there I was getting pretty down on myself for putting it off for so long, but as I began creating the tables I realized that all that time I spent just thinking about it has been priceless in the development process. I still anticipate making mistakes that I have to correct as I go, but some of the insights I have been able to put together and incorporate at this stage of the project will save me literally days if not weeks of coding I would have had to modify if I had just jumped in with my original model.

Without getting too technical, I can say that I’ve set up a structure for the application that will allow for an unlimited number of game variants to be created and played. Obviously, the goal for now is just to model a standard game, but the ability to flexibly support those other games will be built into the system.

This whole thing is pretty exciting, seeing something I only pictured in my imagination starting to become a digital reality.


I Got Spammed. Hard.
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Seriously, this is ridiculous. It was cute at first getting the occasional spammer. I even took some delight in moderating their comments as spam and banishing them to the WordPress netherworld, but it is starting to get a little time consuming.
Victory Is Mine!
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I finally solved a small but annoying little problem I was encountering with my domain email. You see, my ISP (evil, evil) does not let me open connections to SMTP servers outside of a certain predefined range, which my domain is beyond.
New Look
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Hmm… I am liking this new look. It is still just a WordPress template, but I’ve made a few little modifications to it and written a few extra functions for WordPress to use in order to facilitate the process.