Roanoke Island Series

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Virginia Dyslexia Advisors in Every District

17/10/2019 by

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DDVA SB1516 Dyslexia Advisor 2019


Does your Virginia public school district have a Dyslexia Advisor?

Help us encourage every district to hire a Dyslexia Advisor during the month of October 2019 in celebration of October being Dyslexia Awareness Month!

Check the link to confirm for your district!

(Districts self report names and contact information for their dyslexia advisors. If a name is missing, it does not mean that they don’t have an advisor.  Use the tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet to find your region and district.)

IF YES, send an email to them in October to say thanks for taking on this role in your district. Make a connection and see how you can help them support your student and their peers.

If NO, send an email to your school board representatives and ask them if they have hired a dyslexia advisor for your district. SB1516 went into effect on July…

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Introspection, Growth and Passion

25/09/2019 by

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Introspection, Growth and Passion

25/09/2019 by


Having a moment of introspection this morning, thinking back over the years of how my work has changed – sometimes in pretty dramatic ways. It seems like forever ago that I was fresh out of school and working my first real programming job at a domain host. I worked hard until I was ultimately let go from the role due to some interpersonal issues. Fortunately, the market was good and I found a new role with a natural gas provider relatively quickly. I did a lot of growing there, not only in my skills but just in my understanding of how business gets done. It was while I was there that I got married and soon had to figure out how to juggle work and kids, finally getting it down about the time the second one came around.

All the while, I was still working on my passion – programming…

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Retrieve all table names of SQL Server DB with PHP on WAMP

21/08/2019 by

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Retrieve all table names of SQL Server DB with PHP on WAMP

21/08/2019 by


WAMP stands for Windows – Apache – MySQL – PHP but for me, today, I need to say WASP which is Windows – Apache – SQL Server – PHP. Yes its bit painful and for second day, working hard on finishing my part of our project for Microsoft Imagine Cup. Our server guy, Prabath M Peiris have done the backend in MS SQL Server and I needed to connect the DB with PHP as we could not find a free ASP host.


WAMP does not come with SQL Server connectivity drivers so we have to download it from and extract it in the “ext” folder of WAMP PHP. In my PC that is (C:wampbinphpphp5.4.3ext) then we need to add the extensions to PHP.ini file. I advise you to read the readme.html file comes with SQL Server drivers we have downloaded. Since I am using PHP 5.4, I used


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Output MySQL in JSON Format

10/08/2019 by

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I was recently asked if there is anyway to select non-JSON data from a MySQL database and output that data in JSON format. There are two very easy ways to to this.

JSON Array

If you need a JSON array, it is very easy to use the JSON_ARRAY() function. Simply select the columns you want as the argument to JSON_ARRAY()

SQL> select
json_array(continent,Population, Code)
from country
limit 5;
| json_array(continent,Population, Code) |
| ["North America", 103000, "ABW"] |
| ["Asia", 22720000, "AFG"] |
| ["Africa", 12878000, "AGO"] |
| ["North America", 8000, "AIA"] |
| ["Europe", 3401200, "ALB"] |
5 rows in set (0.0006 sec)


However to get a JSON object you need to do a little more work. JSON objects require pairs – key/value pairs — so you need to pass a key, even a fictitious one for each value you desire. In the example…

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TVa 2019 legislative report

05/08/2019 by

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TVa 2019 legislative report

05/08/2019 by

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Transparency Virginia’s 2019 annual report on legislative transparency. Click the image or the link below.


Transparency Virginia2019 report

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CHALLENGE: Accessibility know-how needs to go mainstream with developers. NOW.

20/07/2019 by

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Relatively, there isn’t a lot of great information about accessibility out there. You really have to seek it out. How many of you know what JAWS is? After popping up IE6/IE7/IE8 et. al. to ensure website compatibility, do you also check your content in a screen reader?

I would argue that it’s more important to make a site accessible than pretty for older browsers. For some people, an accessible Internet literally makes a world of difference. Although I’m a backend programmer, I’m still ashamed at how little I know. How about you?

Much effort is going into the semantics of HTML5 for the purpose of accessibility. I’ve been toying with this idea for a couple years, but now the time has come to ask for your help. Let’s work together and fix this oversight in our knowledge. As a community, we can work together to change the world.


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