Archive | December, 2002

Well-organised Intro to Linux

Posted on 16 December 2002 by Demian Turner

A really nice intro to Linux, handy for complete beginners and quite useful for those with some experience.

Highlights include ‘man pages indexed by function’ and ‘A Guided Tour’ of the file system.

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PHP IDEs: WebStudio Runs on Eclipse

Posted on 15 December 2002 by Demian Turner

I didn’t realise PHP runs on Eclipse, “the Open Source IDE that aims to provide a universal toolset for development.”

xored’s Web Studio looks like quite an impressive IDE. Haven’t had time to try it yet, if anyone does please leave a comment.

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The Forces of Nature

Posted on 15 December 2002 by Demian Turner

from the Economist
In a bid to ease Australia’s drought, 200 farmers’ wives in Victoria planned a naked rain-dance, similar to one said to have brought much-needed rain to Nepal.

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More PHP frameworks

Posted on 14 December 2002 by Demian Turner

Since running the PHPkitchen awards a little while ago, quite a few developers have written in to say thanks for the community’s tips and pointers regarding the best apps out there.  I think it’s important to point out that many of the contenders that don’t have top votes in their category are still top quality applications, sometimes better than the most popular ones – in my opinion :-).  Also, the term ‘best xxx’ is used as a title mainly because that’s what most people search for, but I think it’s appropriate to think of ‘top quality xxx’ because all the top scorers are winners.

Nevertheless, there are still many visitors who don’t know what has been developed by the PHP community in any given application category, so the ‘best of’ series can serve as an indicator here.  If you have a particular experience with an app please mention it in the comments section as this will most likely be helpful for other readers.

As always, the PHP ‘best of’ series is made up of feedback by readers for readers, so please forward any suggestions for news apps I have missed out.  There will be a permanent link in the right column to make this info easier to find. 

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Slick HTML Interface Tips

Posted on 14 December 2002 by Demian Turner

I was browsing the PHP for Homesite links looking for a tool to automatically add license comments at the top of files and bumped into a really nice HTML interface aid.  It’s kind of embarrassing but I’ve never seen/heard of this before, what a useful tool!  Anyone who wants to emulate operating system dialog windows read on.

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Google’s technology playground

Posted on 14 December 2002 by Demian Turner

What is Google up to these days?  No better place to check out than Google Labs.  Just for tasters:

  • Google Viewer – View search results as scrolling web page images
  • Google Webquotes – View search results with quotes about them from other sites

Amazing the things you discover in your referrers 😉

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Announce – One more PHP title by Wrox Press Ltd — Professional PHP4 Databases ISBN 1861007825

Posted on 12 December 2002 by Demian Turner

Wrox Press announces the launch of their new addition to the PHP Shelf – Beginning PHP4 Databases.
This book will teach the PHP developer, the art and science of building advanced database driven web applications using PHP with a wide variety of post relational databases, the popular database abstraction
PEAR::DB ,XML native databases such as Xindice. More importantly, readers will be able to perfect a volition on the correct database system that they should use in their applications.

While this book assumes a beginner level knowledge of PHP, it assumes a zero database quotient. After reading the book, developers will be fluent in database systems and how to take advantage of them in their PHP applications.

Buy at

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PHP Framework

Posted on 09 December 2002 by Demian Turner

What has Alan Knowles been up to while not contributing to numerous popular Open Source projects?  Why creating the PHP Framework of course 😉

Check out Alan’s projects page for details of recent works:

  • PEAR Installer – featured in an earlier article
  • PHP_CodeDoc – PHP code doc is a php source code documention program is a cross between lxr and phpdoc
  • phpmole-IDE – An Open Source version of Homesite for lack of a better description, written in PHP
  • PHP Framework – a content management framework tying together various PEAR and other classes
  • DB_DataObject – the popular PEAR class that allows you to create complex objects simply by creating database definitions
  • php-gtk – gtkhtml bindings, php-gtk provides an object-oriented interface to GTK+ classes and functions and greatly simplifies writing client side cross-platform GUI applications

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Windows Compilation of Open Source Software – download

Posted on 08 December 2002 by Demian Turner

from Slashdot – make sure you at least check out OpenOffice

TheOpenCD is a project which distributes Open Source Software (OSS) widely to Windows users. You can download a CD image from a mirror site and start spreading the OSS message. It’s basically an OSS distro for Windows.

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Sony Leaves Microsoft for StarOffice

Posted on 07 December 2002 by Demian Turner

The latest firm to dump the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant appears to be Sony. The Japanese-owned computer maker said its European Information Technology division has chosen to distribute StarOffice 6.0 to its employees for their Vaio computers.

The deal represents seven countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom. A Sun spokesperson said similar deals are in the works to expand Sony’s affair with StarOffice to other countries.

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