Archive | August, 2003

mytop – a top clone for MySQL

Posted on 28 August 2003 by Demian Turner

mytop is quite a handy utility put together by Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo! Finance fame.

It’s quite easy to install on Redhat and with some persuasion I got it running on Mandrake – especially handy if you’re running many MySQL DBs on a single server.

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Oracle Application Server 10g Supports and Ships with PHP

Posted on 26 August 2003 by Demian Turner

from the Oracle website

After more than 1 million downloads of Oracle software for Linux, the migration of Oracle internal mission-critical systems to Linux, and the announcement that Oracle Application Server 10g will support and ship with PHP, there can be no doubt about Oracle’s commitment to open source. This week’s Featured Resources offer technical information about installing, configuring, and tuning Oracle software for use with open source tools and platforms.

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PHP-Con Returns to San Fran

Posted on 25 August 2003 by Demian Turner

php-con returns to the San Francisco Bay Area with new sessions, the gurus of PHP and a whole new day of PHP-intensive learning. Log on to http://www.php-con.com today for program details and online registration.

php-con West 2003: Community. Code. Solutions.

October 21- 24, 2003
Biltmore Hotel
Santa Clara, California
http://www.php-con.com

Why is php-con the destination of choice for PHP and web developers? Because php-con is about three things: Community. Code. Solutions.

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mysqldiff — a utility for comparing MySQL schemas

Posted on 25 August 2003 by Demian Turner

mysqldiff is a Perl script front-end to the CPAN module MySQL::Diff which compares the data structures (i.e. table definitions) of two MySQL databases, and returns the differences as a sequence of MySQL commands suitable for piping into mysql which will transform the structure of the first database to be identical to that of the second (c.f. diff and patch). Database structures can be compared whether they are files containing table definitions or existing databases, local or remote.

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MSNStatus v0.1

Posted on 24 August 2003 by Demian Turner

Get your MSN status with PHP.
Sources can be found here.

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Notorious applications for PHP

Posted on 23 August 2003 by Demian Turner

PHPQu?c is about to publish the first PHP DVD ever. The PHP Qu?c Conference, in Montreal, is leading this project. It will gather 7 hours of high level PHP sessions.

Coming with the two DVD case, a CDrom will be included, with the most notorious PHP application, made for or with PHP. PHP Qu?c is looking for your help to gather the most common applications, and add them in this CDRom.

Take advantage of your time on the web site to learn more about this exciting DVD case, made specially for those who couldn\’t join us in Montreal, last March. Current prices are still early bird tariffs, much cheaper.

links :
PHP Qu?c CDrom
http://phpconf.phpquebec.com/dvd.php?langue=en&page=cdrom

PHP Qu?c DVD case
http://phpconf.phpquebec.com/dvd.php?langue=en

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Bearded Wonder

Posted on 21 August 2003 by Demian Turner

The guys on the alumni list from my old job never lose their sense of humour.

>…Be a Unix guru, posses good communication skills, be interested in
>investment management *AND* able to maintain the internal telephone
>system…
>
>Sounds like a job for the \’bearded wonder\’! Simon, are you out there? – he
>even re-wired a lift a few years ago at IPT to get to work one morning –
>how\’s that for motivation.

Nice of you to think of me Nick 🙂 That crowded IPC lift episode was
a lot of fun but I only hacked the (broken) pulse-dialling emergency
phone, rather than the lift itself.

£30-35K a year to run, support, fix and document everything, with a
Microsoft element thrown in. Hmmmm….

Having just had to mail a shedload of Windoze users to tell them
they\’ve all infected each other with Klez/LovGate, and that they
should unplug their computers and take up knitting instead of IT,
*anything* with a Microsoft element anywhere near it is still
anathema to me. Why folks continue to put themselves through that
pain I really don\’t understand.

That job ad should rightly read:

\"Wanted, omniscient technopriest with infinite patience and time to
replace several departments\’ worth of people who\’ve wandered by over
the years and implemented some consultant-recommended stuff with no
overall strategy, and have recently been laid off in a vain
cost-cutting measure when we exported all new development to the far
east. Must have beard, ponytail and an interest in software
archaeology. Salary: name it, anything you want, just please come
and help us \’cos none of us know what a computer eats, and ours all
look hungry.\"

Cheers though!

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Fuzzy Cognitive Maps

Posted on 19 August 2003 by Demian Turner

A chap called Guillermo Ochoa de Aspuru has dedicated a section of his site to fuzzy cognitive maps and has implemented a few examples in Java.  He recounts how he was introduced to the idea reading a book called Fuzzy Thinking by Bart Kosko (Flamingo, 1994), who is

very enthusiastic about the future of fuzzy cognitive maps and how they can be used to analyse systems that are otherwise difficult to comprehend due to the complex relationships between their components.

de Aspuru also has a section on fuzzy map tutorials which offer quite an interesting insight into using software to study real-world problems represented by relationships between competing systems.  He uses fuzzy maps to model such natural systems as:

  • grazing fields
  • prey and predator
  • wildlife reserve
  • economic offer and demand
  • bad weather driving
  • the middle east

UPDATE: Unfortunately it seems de Aspuru has removed the above-mentioned information, check the way-back machine.

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Open Source Lateral Thinking

Posted on 19 August 2003 by Demian Turner

This article did the rounds not so long ago, just reread it from amongst the sea of ‘important’ items crowding my desktop 🙂

“Notes from Tim O’Reilly’s talk at Reboot 2003” is reproduced in it’s entirety below, the ‘mind meld’ with Tim gives you an idea of what some enlightened thinkers are up to.

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Quickform Tutorial

Posted on 18 August 2003 by Demian Turner

In case you’ve been in a cave for the last few years … (just kidding) If you still haven’t heard of PEAR’s Quickform package, now is a good a time as any to take a crack at OO form building.

What advantage is there in using an OO style to attack what is probably the biggest part of the web problem – forms?  Find out what keeps the pear-dev and pear-general mailing lists buzzing on a regular basis 🙂

Thanks to Keith Edmunds for his efforts that have resulted in a very approachable tutorial on Quickform.  The learning curve required to be able to deal with the myriad of problems resulting from basic form complexity has kept some developers away from  persevering with the package.  Feature lists grew, but aside from the usage examples included in the package, no good tutorials were available until now.

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