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world of warcraft

World of Warcraft: Siege of Orgrimmar LFR Part 1 DPS Guide

Since I’ve done Siege of Orgrimmar LFR Part 1 now roughly 8 times on several toons, I decided to write up my experiences as a DPS, both ranged and melee, on how I handled each fight. I will cover Part 2 once I have more experience, although I think I have a pretty good handle on that section as well.

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world of warcraft

World of Warcraft: Siege of Orgrimmar LFR Current Assessment

I just got through Siege of Orgrimmar part 2 on LFR with my hunter. It really wasn’t a walk in the park. Many of the forum posts indicated that part 2 was a horror show and practically the whole thing was a nightmare. And it’s a nightmare described accurately in those forum posts.

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world of warcraft

World of Warcraft: Flex vs LFR

My friend’s guild has invited me to several Flex raids in the Siege of Orgrimmar. So far, we managed to get down 7/8 and will be doing Nazgrim next Monday. I’m pretty excited. The guys have been a lot of fun and it’s been a great learning experience. I only tried the first part of LFR and decided to keep my neck out until the bug with Narushen was fixed. In doing both, I decided to write my thoughts out on the current situation.

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world of warcraft

World of Warcraft: Scumbagging the Timeless Isle for Profit

I touched briefly on the Timeless Isle in a previous post. But I think I have enough of an idea of how to make the Timeless Isle work for the casual player, who is looking to solo the place and is on their own time schedule. In short, you really don’t feel like grouping up except for things such as the Celestial World Bosses (which you really don’t have to). This guide really is for the person who feels left out after Blizzard decided to cater to the 1% again and want a modicum of casual revenge by demonstrating that we can outsmart all these people.

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world of warcraft

World of Warcraft: Patch 5.4 Thoughts Day Two

Thus far, I’ve only been able to do the Timeless Isle and Throne of Thunder with regards to patch 5.4 so this view might be slightly tainted. I have viewed various streams containing the new Siege of Orgrimmar and have heard how Flex Raiding has gone. So with that in mind, I’m going to offer my thoughts on the current patch (with some spoilers).

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games

Baldur’s Gate 2 Fun over the Weekend

Despite taking a break from pushing World of Warcraft, I still enjoy playing through a good game. Right now, there’s not a lot of new games that really entice me and I’ve been meaning to go back and give Baldur’s Gate 2 a spin again. It takes a bit to pick up where you left off because it’s still a pretty big game.

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programming

Symfony 2: Working with the Security Layer and Database Backends

The examples over on the Symfony 2 site regarding building a security system, while decent, are somewhat incomplete and a little confusing, especially in putting all the details together for a database backed login system. While most of the code present on the two articles work for the most part, I wanted to add a few completed bits from my own system that I’m building to help out other people who might miss a few critical clues.

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technology

Combining Livestreaming/Twitch and Social Media

I’ve written several articles on the high level ideas of becoming a Twitch broadcaster and getting into the world of livestreaming for gaming. One thing that I’ve noticed though is that there’s quite a few people who livestream but don’t really understand many of the social media tools out there. They might use systems like Twitter or have Facebook pages, but those exist as barebones links that they add to their profile/channel. Yet they might wonder why exactly aren’t they seeing an explosion of new followers and/or viewers to their channel. What this post will attempt to do is bridge the ideas between social media and using it to grow your channels.

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programming

Symfony 2: Form Data Submit and Models with Validation Unit Testing Issue

While creating a phpunit test against a form for Symfony 2, I encountered an interesting problem that made little sense to me at first (for reference, I was following an example for unit testing form types from the Symfony 2 website). The problem was that the data being submitted appeared to not be mapped correctly, which caused the unit test to fail unexpectedly. Why is that?

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programming

Symfony 2: Unit Testing Many-to-One Validations on Entities

From what I can tell, the Symfony 2 cookbook does not have a decent example for handling entity validations and unit testing. I looked around a bit for a good sample and found a decent answer over on Stackoverflow. But outside of setting up a base class for handling future validation test classes, the sample was a little on the shallow side. This post will try to add a little more depth to that article as well as show an interesting way to ensure that you’re checking your Many-to-One relationships as well.