Joost Brugman is a freelance project manager and web developer based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Joost is currently working on Streamline, an advanced web application framework in PHP and Javascript with extensive reusibility options. He is doing this while travelling around the world on a sabatical from Project Management.

He is also promotor for green energy, an avid supporter of microfinancing, a world traveller and he was the co-founder of "Improphecy", one of Amsterdam's premier improvised comedy shows but gave up performing himself in 2008 to persue other dreams.


To just another blog. May it be helpful to you.

Hi. BITS OF THOUGHT is about Javascript and PHP (mostly). I decided to start this as channel to share some of my 20+ years of experience in programming with the intent of it being helpful to you. I hope I succeed. If you cannot find what you are looking for DO drop me a note. If you ask something that I happen to know, I will be happy to share the knowledge.

Converting crontab entries to plain english

Posted on october, 17 2011 on 23:38 by Joost

Cron on UNIX certainly is a powerful tool for scheduling tasks. However, its configuration (the crontab entries) was certainly not designed to be pleasantly readable to humans. For the development of the StreamlineFoundation plugin I was looking for a way to convert any crontab entry into human readable form but I could not find anybody who had done it. So, I made it and here it is, with multilanguage support:

Understanding the HTML/XHTML box model

Posted on april, 23 2011 on 23:54 by Joost

Enough has been said about the boxmodel and I assume your familiarity. However, different coordinating systems in the HTML/XHTML DOM use different elements from the boxmodel for positioning. So, for the purpose of having a reference in other articles, here goes an overview of the HTML/XHTML box model and the properties that reference it.

Note: All articles on BITS OF THOUGHT assume that you use a DOCTYPE of HTML or XHTML and use an UTF-8 content encoding. If you don't you are - quite frankly - running behind schedule upgrading your website. You are at risk of compatibility problems.

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