Writing Samples

I enjoy technical writing when I get the chance. These are a few articles / posts I have written.

JRE Detection
http://www.whatscookin.com/html/jre-detection/

I don't use a lot Java applets, but they do pop up from time to time. I wrote this as a summary after I was really stumped about a decent way to detect whether someone had the Java Runtime Environment installed, and what version they had.

Pretty URLs and PHP
http://www.whatscookin.com/html/pretty-urls-and-php/

This is a short article that outlines a novel technique for creating pretty URLs while also addressing extracting and validating parameters, all in one step. I doubt am the only one doing this, but I have never run across it before.

Lost Knowledge Refound: Sharpened FIR filters
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?isnumber=27727&arnumber=1236773&count=5&index=4

When I was working in DSP, I used to spend a lot of time acquiring and reading texts, especially the “classics” and out-of-print books. I ran across this technique in a older book, and was asked to write an article for a new column in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. The article was republished in Streamlining Digital Signal Processing: A Tricks of the Trade Guidebook, and appears as Chapter 1.