Archive | July, 2003

Mandatory Cat Picture

Posted on 30 July 2003 by Demian Turner

My girlfriend was woken up a few weeks ago by the sound of insistent meowing.  In Spain it’s quite typical for people to abandon their pets as they leave for the standard one month summer holiday, 95% choosing to remain within Spain 😉

So there was this poor critter, only a few weeks old, and we felt kinda sorry for her.  Without too much forward planning we just adopted the little animal.  Overall we’ve both grown really attached to her, she has her good sides and her bad.  Being a kitten she likes to run around the house and tear up the furniture which I suppose is normal, but this one is particularly fond of biting.

On the upside, she’s very entertaining and has many eccentric habits.  Her favourite thing to do is find any kind of small box in the house and squeeze herself into it.  Flip the page for the pic 😉

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Develop in Style with Mozilla

Posted on 30 July 2003 by Demian Turner

If you are one of the few not already deeply immersed in the world of Mozilla, here are several reasons why you should check out what you’ve been missing:

  • JavaScript Console
  • JavaScript strict warnings
  • Cookie Control
  • View Source with Color Highlight
  • View Selection Source
  • Page Info
  • JavaScript Debugger
  • HTTP Headers
  • DOM Inspector

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Free Culture

Posted on 30 July 2003 by Demian Turner

Lawrence Lessig, the cyber-freedom advocate, gave a talk at OSCON 2002 entitled free culture.  The talk is available for online listening, and if you don’t mind the 8MB flash file, it makes for some very interesting listening, particularly if you’re one of the many gripped by the Open Source phenomenon.

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Interoperating with Linux and Windows

Posted on 29 July 2003 by Demian Turner

I’ve been using VMware for linux emulation for the last 3 years and have just bumped into a revelation I wish I’d discovered ages ago.

If you don’t have luxury of developing on a linux-only local machine, you’re probably running windows and either dual-booting or have access to more than one machine. The usual culprits: you’re organisation requires you to use MS Outlook, you need advanced Office features that can’t emulate yet, etc.

Well running a VMware linux guest on a Windows host is a big mistake!

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Great News for PHP Programmers…

Posted on 21 July 2003 by Demian Turner

Great news for PHP Programmers…. are currently running 2 PHP Programming Contests.
‘Personal Money Manager’ is aimed at developers with 6 months or less experience.
‘Pizza Dude’ is aimed at professional developers……

Check out full details at:

Closing date for both contests is 18th August 2003. Prizes inlcude Zend Studio and Nusphere PHPed.

Best of luck to all entrants 🙂

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DB_DataObject and Quickfrom Integrated

Posted on 18 July 2003 by Demian Turner

For those following the blazing trail of DB_DataObject and Quickform, these two exciting packages are looking to be only days away from full integration.

If you’re unfamiliar with these PEAR packages, suffice it to say that the two combined can dramatically speed up application development.

On another note, I’m going to be integrating DO with MS SQL, if anyone has experienced any probs with this combination please drop me a line.

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PHP, Java, Python, Ruby

Posted on 18 July 2003 by Demian Turner

Russell has an interesting article this week comparing Java and Python.  The comments have a lot of good references, including Thirty-seven Reasons I Love Ruby.  Making your way down the list you get the impression you’re reading about PHP, notwithstanding the pure OOP part of course 😉

It’ll be interesting to see how the various scripting languages battle it out over the next few years, is Java going the way of C++?

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PHPCon Call for Submissions

Posted on 17 July 2003 by Demian Turner

PHPCon is seeking technical presentations for the upcoming PHPCon West

The PHP community comes to PHPCon to learn from the best. Our goal is to
build the finest technical program for developers and, if you have what
it takes, we want you to be a part of it. PHPCon West 2003 is actively
searching for Breakout Sessions, Birds-of-a-Feather and
Works-in-Progress presenters.

Join the gurus of PHP and submit your ideas by Monday, July 28, 2003 and
become a part of the best conference for PHP developers. Please review
the information below for detailed Submission Guidelines, selection
process information, conference dates and schedules, and get a preview
of our new program features.

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Bringing Home the Bacon with Open Source

Posted on 16 July 2003 by Demian Turner

Tough times for the tech market seem to be dragging on forever, things are just not what they used to be pre-March 2000.

That’s why it’s great to hear the odd success story, take Red Hat for example, who’ve seen four consecutive quarters of revenue growth — 15% year over year.

With a business model based on Open Source software! 

As they say in their annual report, they’ve done what everyone said would be impossible.  Check out the report for some interesting reading.

btw: things may be quiet for a while, I’m heading off to Latvia for a contract 🙂

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PHPseagull 0.2.1-beta Released

Posted on 11 July 2003 by Demian Turner

Thanks to Gilles Laborderie, Erlend Stromsvik, Thomas Kulvik, Adelino Monteiro, Jason Wehmhoener, Verk and Teresa Campos for their contributions 🙂

There is now a project roadmap and a task list for anyone interested in contributing.

Get the code here.

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