I have just returned from a little trip to Germany.

While I was there I made extensive use of the Instagram app for iPhone. Its a great way to make normal pictures taken on your phone look semi good.

The only problem is that there is currently no web interface for the app, so all those great pictures you take cannot be shown off in a gallery format unless you “share” the image to a stream such as flickr or tumbr or something.

Third-party-apps to the rescue! Instagrid is one of many web apps designed to plug this gaping hole in Instagram. Its quick and easy to setup so I have done so:

Now all my instagram pics are easy to get at, splendid!

[Demoscene] Numb Res by Fairlight & CNCD 2011.1

This weekend was The Gathering, a massive gathering of nerds and gamers in Norway. What started out as a humble demoscene party has blossomed into a 5 day gathering of some of the best gamers and scene groups around.

The following is the offering by the ever excellent CNCD & Fairlight. I posted a particle-tastic video by them last year so if you like this sort of thing I strongly recommend that you check that out too.

Edit: Oh if you like the music on this video you should check out the artist album, its bloody fantastic!

URI Parser For HaXe

Continuing on my theme of the moment haXe, I have another post  regarding the development of my haXe rewrite of  ChromeCrawler.

I was in need of a way to split a URL into its various parts. To do this in previous versions of ChromeCrawler I used a ready built one I found on the web.

I thought it should be a fairly simple matter to port this to haXe, unfortunately however this wasn’t the case. The problem was that haXe, unlike JS, doesnt have the exec() method on its regular expression function. What this meant is that the URL couldnt be split in the same way.

Confused I jumped on the haXe IRC, unfortunately the solutions the kind people there provided didnt work. Instead I posted a message on the mailing list and within a few hours I had my answer. The solution was to use EReg.match() then EReg.matched() to get each part.

Anyways, I promised to share the code when I was done so here it is:

[codesyntax lang=”javascript”]

package utils;
import haxe.Http;

 * ...
 * @author

class URLParser
	// Publics
	public var url : String;
	public var source : String;
	public var protocol : String;
	public var authority : String;
	public var userInfo : String;
	public var user : String;
	public var password : String;
	public var host : String;
	public var port : String;
	public var relative : String;
	public var path : String;
	public var directory : String;
	public var file : String;
	public var query : String;
	public var anchor : String;

	// Privates
	inline static private var _parts : Array<String> = ["source","protocol","authority","userInfo","user","password","host","port","relative","path","directory","file","query","anchor"];

	public function new(url:String)
		// Save for 'ron
		this.url = url;

		// The almighty regexp (courtesy of
		var r : EReg = ~/^(?:(?![^:@]+:[^:@/]*@)([^:/?#.]+):)?(?://)?((?:(([^:@]*)(?::([^:@]*))?)?@)?([^:/?#]*)(?::(d*))?)(((/(?:[^?#](?![^?#/]*.[^?#/.]+(?:[?#]|$)))*/?)?([^?#/]*))(?:?([^#]*))?(?:#(.*))?)/;

		// Match the regexp to the url

		// Use reflection to set each part
		for (i in 0..._parts.length)
			Reflect.setField(this, _parts[i],  r.matched(i));

	public function toString() : String
		var s : String = "For Url -> " + url + "n";
		for (i in 0..._parts.length)
			s += _parts[i] + ": " + Reflect.field(this, _parts[i]) + (i==_parts.length-1?"":"n");
		return s;

	public static function parse(url:String) : URLParser
		return new URLParser(url);


So for example the following use:

[codesyntax lang=”javascript”]

trace(new URLParser(""));


Will print the following:

[codesyntax lang=”text”]

For Url ->
protocol: http
userInfo: undefined
user: undefined
password: undefined
port: undefined
relative: /programming/haxe/haxe-jqueryextern-gotcha?somevar=1242#home
path: /programming/haxe/haxe-jqueryextern-gotcha
directory: /programming/haxe/haxe-jqueryextern-gotcha
query: somevar=1242
anchor: home



Im not sure how performant the reflection usage would be on the various platforms haXe targets but atleast it would work and its fairly elegant to boot 😉

Edit: Thank you Adrian Cowen for posting this as a haXe snippet: