Jeffkillian.com initially started as a Geocities website when I was in 6th grade. Over the years, it has slowly evolved into a place where I can practice and become familiar with web development as it progresses. I started out coding with Microsoft Frontpage, then moved to Dreamweaver. Initially, there was very little coding, and it was all WYSIWYG. However, as I learned more, I could make it more interactive.


I incorporate drawings and blog posts to keep those that are interested updated. Through the evolution of the website, I was forced to learn HTML, PHP, CSS, XML, jQuery, javascript, and the handling of MySQL Databases. I've put online some code samples.
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How I Use Coding to My Advantage
The idea for this post came when I was watching this show about a guy who memorized the pattern on a game, and was able to bring in 100,000+ on this game show.

One thing I like about computers is that everybody thinks they are magical, and that they just do things that you will never be able to understand. The part I like is trying to understand what's underneath. Once you understand what's at the source, you can come up with some interesting results.

I've used this in several instances in my life, mostly to gain an advantage (or save $250, as is the case in example 2):

1. There was a Facebook racing game where you could challenge players to races.  You would record a run, and then use it to challenge people. If you won, you got game money. If you didn't nothing happened. The best way to win was simply to play as much as possible. However, it only allowed you to challenge up to 5 people at once. I realized that the url after you challenged looked like :"?user=user1,user5,user18,user9,user3". I wrote a small python program to print out the text "user1,user2,user3,...user999,user1000", and inserted that into the url. It worked, and I was able to challenge 1000 users at once.

  2. Bonobos.com was having an easter sale, where you could find surprise images that were supposed to pop up randomly, and then get a certain percent off. There were coupons for 10,20,and 30% off. There were also a select number of coupons for 50% off. I found one of the coupons for 10% off, and, with a web dev background, decided to increment the number at the end of the image by 1 to see what happens. I ended up finding the coupon code for the coupon directly better than that. All in all, I ended up with the 50% off coupon without having to search at all.

3. I ran a half marathon, and the pictures that they gave you to preview were really cruddy. Furthermore, I couldn't find any pictures of myself. I decided to try to search the "unclaimed runners" bin hoping to find pictures of me that they hadn't tagged with my bib number. You were only able to search about 5 pictures on a page at a time, and the pictures were really small. I made a script to print out large, clear versions of hundreds of pictures at the same time. It made it a lot easier to find any pictures that might have me running.

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