Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life Codex Seraphinianus
no particular order check the logs and the error logs? reboot your machine? are all the services running? are you on the right server? are the database password correct? are you on the corr
Word of the day — Skeuomorph
Skeuomorph is compounded from the Greek skeuos (container or tool), and morphê (shape).
iCloud goes iOS7 (well some of it)
you want to get a flavour of iOS7 without going the beta route then log into Apple iCloud beta because it has be iOS7’d. Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Notes and Reminders have all had the makeover.
Handling and Storing Data in iOS
ro My experience over the last few years has been that of connecting to one or other of the databases web developers are accustomed to connecting to. So MySQL PostgreSQL, Redis, Mongo et
Apple developer centre hack
ving aside the what, why, where and when the dev centre is still not back up. However Apple has a page up showing the status as services slowly come back on line. The page can be accessed her
Sun and coding
I don’t think that the two actually mix very well.
The Bayeux Whiteboards
e across a new wrinkle for issue solving at a previous company. Rahter than organiae, prioritise and summarise the problems set they decided to write out each one on a whiteboard and the
sagePack is an efficient binary serialization format. It lets you exchange data among multiple languages like JSON but it’s faster and smaller. For example, small integers (like flags or
ok so clap
online collaboration tool. oksoclap
Angualr dot js
AngularJS Now Hosted on Google CDN
Need i say more?
Cappuccino 0.9.5 Released
ay we are extremely excited to announce Cappuccino 0.9.5, featuring over 90 new features and improvements in addition to numerous bug fixes. Here are some of the new features we think youâ
You sometimes have to feel sorry for Microsoft
Right or wrong or just plain misguided Apple managed to somehow get the “cool” factor into everything they do. Much of it was by the correct application of good industrial design but also
t a point when using npm you can do two types of install. A local for the application you are writing and a global for use at the command line. The rule being … “Install locally for require().
CtaScb 6 — Krumo
put it simply,Â Krumo is a replacement forÂ print_r() andÂ var_dump(). By definitionÂ Krumo is a debugging tool (initially forÂ PHP4/PHP5, now forÂ PHP5only), which displays structured in
Short on here a js cdn that serves up and community voted js library and then keeps it forever. Cool cdn js it does what it says on the tin
Another piece of Sun falls off the good ship Oracle
integrated build platform “Hudson.” has been garrisoned by Oracle. Either fed up with the infighting that had led to the spin-off “Jenkins” project, or simply unable to figure out a way t
CTaSCB — 4
those of us using Symfony we have got used to the excellent debug bar that lets us work out where we are and what we are doing. Currently working on a Zend Framework project i was missing it
Cooler than a snowman’s cool bits — 3
JSON Visualisation JSON, the poor mans XML. Lets face it if you want to see it then you want to see it.
to access the console command on S2. Once you have the sandbox up and running or an installation of Symfony2 then on the command line go into the app directory and type php console This wi
Symfony2 Cheat Sheet
For the Symfony2 console commands symfony2
Drupal CLI, drush
king my way into drupal and particularly drupal 7 and have stumbled across druch the command line tool. Pretty awesome . With all the modules for Drupal it can be hard to work out what you want but
Cooler than a snowman’s cool bits — 2
tope is An exquisite jQuery plugin for magical layouts Reveal & hide items with filtering Reâ€“order items with sorting Dynamic, intelligent layouts Captivating animations Sort
Cooler than a snowman’s cool bits — 1
When you want a short URL or something big, Domainr will find it, fast.
Top ten reasons why I won’t use your open source project
Wyn Netherland on The Changelog Apologies for the loaded headline. Itâ€™s a hat tip to theÂ Twitter how-to articles that taught us the benefits of setting our avatars, writing a witty bios
Populating a Symfony drop down from a database
eally didn’t like Symfony when i first used it but in the intervening period it has grown up and so have i. I am currently using version 1.4 and really getting to grips with it. As i try to u
a bit of light relief
Go to google maps and in direction put China and Japan and look at step 41.
kCode for TextMate — the ultimate TextMate zen bundle
Get it from here. Also see more on sparkup here.
Periodic table of HTML elements
y things get explained by using a layout similar to the Periodic Table for Elements but this is “Periodic Table for HTML 5 Elements”. Not sure that all of them work or even that this one wor
Google search now finds SVG documents
can now use Google search to find SVG documents. SVG is an open, XML-based format for vector graphics with support for interactive elements. Goole indexes SVG content whether it is in a
sproutcore generator cheat sheet
outCore is an HTML5 application framework for building responsive, desktop-caliber apps in any modern web browser, without plugins. This is a cheat sheet i put together for myself in the
TextMate vs NetBeans vs Eclipse vs Zend Studio
rever possible i develop on a Mac. I’m not an Apple fanboy as such but there are certain aspects of the hardware and the software platform that i like and generally the whole developmen
.….. someone who reads in bed. Me!
The Postit version of MVC
Craig explains MVC .… Craig explains MVC
Google Chrome and Chromium
can get : .. Chromium and Chromium OS Projects from here Google Chrome from here Latest releases (all platforms) Taken from Wikipedia Chromium is the open source web browser project from
Project Management — a question from a friend .….
the answer fortunately i rarely have to use it and eased myself back to humble programmer and let other people take the heat. 1) I do like the loosely applied agile methodology of the part
A quick canter through some Cappuccino related terms and products
en when discussing a technology thoseÂ familiarÂ with it will useÂ termsÂ that the neophyte user will puzzle over. Here are some short explanations of often used terms in CappuccinoÂ con
The workplace defined by it’s mugs
not the people who work there, the vessels we drink out tea and coffee out of and their location, the KITCHEN. Having now done some 12 years of freelancing, with some long projects and some
Web Templates with Logic?
ave alway though that web templatingÂ languages that have logic in them are self defeating. Lets face it as programmers we spend an inordinate amount of time working with MVC to ensure tha
A brief introduction to Cappuccino tools
puccino is an application framework modelled on Objective-c but using Objective-j. It allows for web sites or application to be built using the cappuccino framework and then ‘complied’
What is Glow?
Oh dear, no killer tablet from Mr Softy
hough it was never officially acknowledged, Microsoft’s Courier folding tablet concept stirred more excitement among tech watchers than any of the company’s actual recent products. In fact,
if the command line on <span class="caps">UNIX</span> was a girl .…..
.….. i would marry her!
Thinking of implementing a multi-lingual web site?
a technical front not a lot, you can use a framework like Zend or Kohana or Rails etc. which usually have the ability to replace the content with tags and then fill the tag with the language
Reversing <span class="caps">MD5</span>
e is an interesting one from the not very leading edge. When you add a password to a site it is often encrypted with and MD5 hash this mean that a word like ‘leonie’ is converted into a string
.… and add one .……
.….. on the First.
.…… got to do a post on the last day of the year. Happy new year everyone.
The chimes at midnight
ive approximately three miles from the centre of Nottingham and usually cannot hear the bell chiming the hour in the town hall in the centre of the city. However today, with it being clar
<span class="caps">PHP</span> 5.3 — Snow Leopard
w Leopard updated me to PHP 5.3 ok but it didn’t leave me with a working php.ini. Just the php.ini.default. The main upshot of this was broken date and thus broken header errors all over the sh
Apple Downloads — Aranaio is number one
as commissioned to produce a Mac Dashboard Currency Converter Widget for World First (excellent company) which i duly did and at the moment (early November) it is not only the featured d
editing in apple dashboard / dashcode?
editing in apple dashboard? hold down the alt key & the cursor becomes a cross + & you can select by column rather than line. Also TextMate
Snow Leopard breaks NetBeans
So i am told, as i do not use it. I think it installs ok but then when performing a compile it “Barfs” as my informant poetically puts it about 1⁄2 way through.
Snow Leopard breaks MySQL
l it broke my copy anyway. i installedÂ mysql-5.1.23-rc-osx10.5-x86_64 ok. Tried to add the mac-ports version but ran into problems with that simply not wanting to install. In the end downloa
Dashcode and cURL
d to get data from another site well you can use cURL to get it. widget.system("/usr/bin/curl http://api.asite.com/rates/rate.php?pair=EUR/CHF", null).outputString; this will pull the rat
natures way of preventing everything happening at once. OK but when i used to commute i listen to podcasts, Mac OS Ken, Historyzine, Skeptoid etc. Now i don’t commute i don’t seem to h
Change of Direction
Now living and working back in Nottingham doing web development and Mac widgets and iPhone application development
Dashcode Development Fit the First
eloping in Dashcode for the Mac. It’s a bit like the Curates Egg. Good in parts and rotten in others. Anyway needed to get 50 or so images in and the import facility to add them one at a tim
ed accommodation down in the smoke from sofa surfing at a friends house, how he put u with me for 16Â months IÂ don’t know but mostÂ gratefulÂ to him for it. So now in a Mon to Fri with occas
. xmas, again. Actually not to bad. Didn’t go far, Sheffield a couple of times but other than Christmas day Â had low level family interaction and that helped to reduce the usual festive fri
HTTP Client — Mac app
ui for entering and viewing http information. It pretty straightforward and the documentation on it is minimal (well nonÂ existent) however the video takes youÂ throughÂ all the main
a long story but i manage a site called Last Thursday The site was originally formed as something of a breakaway from the Ecademy and it gained quite a head of steam within a fairly closed
Evaluating AJAX Frameworks
eview of some Ajax frameworks atÂ Dr Dobbs. TheÂ followingÂ libraiesÂ lookedÂ atÂ andÂ compared Dojo 0.3.1 (dojotoolkit.org). Prototype and Scriptaculous 1.4 (www.prototypejs.org and
YAML Ain’t Markup Language
L™ (rhymes with â€œcamelâ€) is a straightforward machine parsable data serialization format designed for human readability and interaction with scripting languages such as Perl and Pyt
as trying to keep several blogs going on different subjects but it is just too much effort and as no one reads them , ultimately futile. So i am consolidating under howitt.com. this will
lightweight http server
other day i needed a lightweight http server to run on windows. Its a client machine in a clients workplace and i only have local admin access. However i didnâ€™t want to add the IIS server as
php.MVC implements the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern, and encourages application design based on the Model 2 paradigm. This design model allows the Web page or other contents (
upgraded to 2.7 of WordPress and Blueprint based theme.
Since getting an iPod ….
Â Not sure what i meant to say here now as it has been a while but i think podcasts were one of the most usefull elements that came my way.
Reuters semantic web API
Now the read/write web
Facebook and The Myth Of Contextual Advertising Â here So who has got it in for FB?
Cory Doctrow having a bit of a go at FaceBook
interesting article entitled How Your Creepy Ex-Co-Workers Will Kill Facebook about FaceBook and social networking from Cory Doctrow having a bit of a go at FaceBook, bucking the trend
Well back in the big city now, art house again (i quite like it) but lots of meaty PHP. Nice.
An introduction to Eclipse for Visual Studio users
l it hadn’t really occurred to me that a professional programmer would have any problems using different IDE’s. Whether it Notepad, or Vi or Emacs etc. surely a pro is going to familiarise
Comet and Ajax
et is a programming technique that enables web servers to send data to the client without having any need for the client to request it. This technique will produce more responsive applica
<span class="caps">MS</span> Sharepoint Lock-in
h has been written about Open Office and about MS’s OOXML and the battle for open file format’s. However it looks as if Sharepoint could be a bigger threat than any of these. MS is pushing Sh
How could i forget?
Well i did but it all came back in a rush.
nstrukt Key Aspects Controllers are resources URI-to-controller-mapping gives your application a logical structure Routing based on logic rather than rules Nested controllers supports com
lightweight http server
other day i neede a lightweight http server to run on windows. Its a client machine in a clients workplace and i only have local admin access. However i didn’t want to add the IIS server as it
A Booking Engine
On the same tack my colleague .…
was explaining to one of the management team the booking engine we are building, which uses the mvc model to make development simpler, or is it more complicated? And the postit not that
Work in progress
le doing a contract recently we were building a site for a leisure company. To keep track of assets that were approved by the client and the place holders that we had added to allow us to look
couple of sites
open source template free and exchange graphics
ebug of course and now included in aptana web developer, a general toolbar that lets you inspect a lot of shit. tamper data view headers cookies and the like and modify them chrome list dom
Getting Real Here are the 16 chapters and 91 essays that make up the book
comparative sizes of stars
Why Windows is less secure than Linux
content management systems — cms
haps one of the success stories of foss and in the sold arena to. Most of the mainstream vendors do a variation on the cms which they charge for and umpteen startups and other vendors do c
writing free open source software?
e is a free book to tell you all about it. And i quote “Producing Open Source Software is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operat
if you are a mac and omnigraffle user
you will know why windows and visio suck. and here a graffletopia is every graffle diagram set you could ever want
linguistics, a participle is a non-finite verb form that can be used in compound tenses or voices, or it can be used as a modifier. Participles often share properties with other parts of