Travis Weston

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Neural Network Thoughts: Robot Dreams

I’m not an Artificial Neural Network expert. I don’t have a degree, and have only done self-study. That said, I’ve been researching them for 16 years, and I’ve had a few thoughts on the subject that I want to explore. Please, leave a comment if you agree or disagree. I’d love to get as much […]

BigCommerce: Show Product Description with jQuery

So, my sister runs Lupine Ridge Botanicals, and as happens with family, she generally comes to me when she has website problems. I’m alright with that, it’s usually either interesting, or quick. Today it was both. She’s building out her online store using BigCommerce, and for some reason the product description wouldn’t show by default, […]

Development Journal: Unit Testing the Entire Website

I’m working on writing a unit testing framework for the entire Bangor Daily News family of websites, and it’s something that I’m struggling with. For that reason I’ve decided to journal my frustrations and the steps in the hopes that I can remember what happened on the other side of this. What is Unit Testing? […]

Theory: Programming Genetic Algorithm VIA Unit Tests

Genetic Algorithm’s provide a way to let the algorithm evolve into it’s natural optimum. If done properly, over a long enough period of time, it can be extremely effective. The key to creating a useful genetic algorithm is the fitness tests. It’s survival of the fittest in action. My theory is that using Unit Tests […]

Going back to an old project

I started making WordPress plugins about 5 years ago, and one of my first was Auto More Tag, which essentially just adds a “Read More” button automatically into your content. Now, this seems like an easy thing to do, but at the time I had no idea how to go about it. I ended up […]

Node Bot – An IRC Bot with a Brain

So I decided to take my weekend and learn how to use Node.js. It sounds like a tall order, but I didn’t think so. I’ve been a JavaScript programmer for about 13 years now, so I didn’t feel it would be that different. It wasn’t. The biggest thing I had to learn was npm, the […]

Thank you, Netflix, for telling me I have a problem…

I absolutely love the fact that Netflix has most of the shows that I love to watch in it’s streaming catalog. The technology itself is a display of engineering genius, being able to direct high quality content to my Xbox without a lack of quality and lag. That said, in their efforts to expand and […]

Normalization – Use It

So I might just be a bit of an overzealous code nerd, but whenever I download a snippet of code, I always analyze it, and try to make sure it’s up to snuff. So it was no surprise that I did this when I was looking at an email newsletter plugin that I was thinking […]

The New TravisWeston.com

If you’re a repeat visitor, you’re probably noticing that this is different than it was before. I’ve gone and done it again. I’ve created a new instance of TravisWeston.com, and removed the old posts and files. Why? Well, the basic reason is that I wanted to get back to promoting my programming. I fully intend […]