Mauro Leonelli

Recent Posts

  • April 25, 2018

    Grasshopper - a coding app by Google

    In the vast offering for online training and education it appeared a couple of days ago an app by Google called Grasshopper that is worth knowing for its mobile-first approach and its good usability.

  • September 02, 2015

    Duolingo Russian available on 10th September

    I was monitoring this course since a long time and finally it seems it’s gonna happen: Duolingo Russian is finally coming! 98% of the course is ready and Duolingo expects it to be launched on the 10th of September. While Duolingo it may be a “simple” language course, compared to other solutions around, its wonderful interface has proved to be terrific especially for “exotic” languages. I’ll test it as soon as it comes out!

  • July 31, 2015

    Regex considerations for Machine Readable Passport

    For a recent project I was looking into Passport Numbers and the, apparently, impossibility to validate them. From there I played with MRTDs or Machine Readable Travel Documents and passports are nowadays one of those, making the customs procedures faster ( unless you land in Miami, then it’s going to be a mess anyway ).

  • June 15, 2015

    Remove the last character in a SQL string

    Google is your friend and Internet the place where you can find pretty much an answer for every question you ever had. Too bad it’s not always the good one (or not the one you were looking for…).

  • May 29, 2015

    Decode and Encode Unicode data in SQL Server

    While working on a internet and intranet website with detailed description of cities around the world, I faced difficulties in the encoding and decoding of Unicode data. SQL Server can store Unicode data with the nvarchar data type, but encoding and decoding a string into real Unicode is a bit less straightforward than it may seem.