Welcome to Boldewyn’s little patch on the web!
I’m Manuel Strehl, a web developer from Germany. My favorite topic, and what you will find most on this site, is getting information into a humanly digestible state.
You can also find me
in the Fediverse as @firstname.lastname@example.org,
on Twitter as @m_strehl,
on Github as Boldewyn,
on StackOverflow as Boldewyn, too,
as MDN editor and
I’ve put some images on DeviantART.
(“What’s a ‘Boldewyn’?”)
Work Around MySQL’s “Big Packet” Error
22 Feb 2022
I worked at importing Unicode data into Codepoints.net’s database, when I encountered a peculiar MySQL error that I haven’t seen before yet: ERROR 1153 (08S01): Got a packet bigger than 'max_allowed_packet' bytes
Comfortably Call make from Subfolders
28 Dec 2020
A little helper script allows for more comfort when working with make in projects with sub-folders.
Efficiently Calling JS Bundlers in a Makefile
18 Dec 2020
A wonderfully elegant way to use Makefiles together with bundlers, that emit several files, are intermediate files. This post explains, how you can use them for easy cross-platform little-setup builds.
A Paradox of Irony
16 Dec 2020
In this post we take an arc from ancient Greek philosophy over strange punctuation marks to Unicode and strive to answer the question, whether all Cretans are liars.
Searching MDN on the Command Line
15 Dec 2020
The Mozilla Developer Network recently switched its infrastructure. Now, the MDN content is stored in a Github repository in the form of HTML files with YAML front matter. You can think of it, what you want, given their …
Docker One-Liners to Make Complex Tasks Simple
11 Dec 2020
Docker as a tool to spin up complex setups quickly also allows for phenomenally fast deployment of packaged applications, that would otherwise be daunting to install. Here are some very useful commands, that make heavy use of this feature for a plethora of different problems.
Create Opening Doors in CSS
10 Dec 2020
Check Markdown Spelling with aspell
8 Dec 2020
The venerable aspell spell checking utility has gained some respectable powers over the last year. In this post we explore them to add easy spell checking to our Markdown pipeline.
Trim LilyPond SVG Output
8 Dec 2020
Music sheets typeset with Lilypond have a hardcoded height. This post explains, how to reduce the height to what is actually shown using Inkscape’s command-line interface.
Overwrite PHP’s built-in functions in unit tests
4 Mar 2014
In unit tests you might run in problems, when your code uses PHP built-in functions, that emit certain hard-coded values like
session_start(). When you use PHP namespaces, however, you can solve this problem in an elegant way.