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22. April 2009

What have you been up to?

Another of my irregular updates of what I am currently up to :)

1) Finally  updated the jQuery Horizontal Accordion and made the first alpha available. Still doing some internal cleanup of the plugin to make it a bit smaller and more accessible. Also doing the jQuery CSS Framework integration, that will allow to use themeroller themes with the plugin. The first release really spiked my access stats. On the first day about 15.000 people visited the project page alone. Glad you all enjoy the plugin as much as I do ;)

2) Have been working on cubicFusion, my own php framework, which also runs this content management frontend. After the move to PHP 5 last year, I am moving through all core services and doing a global cleanup. Also consolidating the CMS, as I have been doing deep changes for a client of mine and those need to be merged into the development version. Also upgrading all jQuery plugins to the latest version of jQuery and moving old style javascript to new plugins (Alot easier to maintain).

3) portalZINE TV has taken some of my time this year, but as its no money maker, things are moving a bit slower right now. Need to think about food on the table first :)  Will be doing be-weekly episodes starting next month, allowing to have a more regular schedule and limit the workload a bit. Will also be doing some more DIY stuff. Setting up a mac homeserver, without the need to be a command line guru. Will be presenting some nice solutions for private enthusiasts, developers and small businesses.

4) Working on a new Adobe Flex project and thinking of doing some of the cubicFusion interfaces in Flex aswell. Also working on a Jabber interface. Already using jabber in many administration areas of cubicFusion. The latest Openfire release really rocks.

5) As always many things are running side by side. Really feel the need for some vacation LOL So if you contact me about contract work, it might take me some time to get back to you ;) Please do not hesitate to ask, as I am always looking for new interresting projects.

Really glad that the weather has been good to me the past days, as I was really getting office / cave depressed :) Can finally do my daily Inline Skate rounds again, about 16-20 kilometers in the evening (perfect to get that heart of mine really pumping).


22. April 2009

Mogulus at NAB 2009

When it comes to my development environment I have always been really picky. I need a clean and structured interface, not to cluttered, but still adjustable to my needs. I have tested countless IDE solutions in the past, but always seem to come back to Komodo from ActiveState.

18. April 2009

Jabber Twitter Bridge

A java application which :

  1. checks your Jabber or google talk (gtalk) status and updates your Twitter status if there is a new one.
  2. checks your twitter status and updates your Jabber or google talk status.
  3. checks your meetings in google calendar and sends a Tweet like this : in a meeting until 15h or free until 15h,
  4. updates your Jabber or google talk status



Tweety is a cool tool that looks up your Twitter-Feeds periodically and sends new messages directly to your Jabber account.



If you searched for an easy way to select a rectangular area within an image, you should take a look at the  imgAreaSelect plugin.

Perfect way to get your coordinates before cropping with a server side language like PHP.

jQuery imgAreaSelect


The first release of the new jQuery Horizontal Accordion Menu is now available.

  • No dependencies
  • Optional use of easing plugin (still some work required)
  • Close and open content one after the other
  • Close and open at the same time
  • Choose trigger (mouseover, click …)
  • Easily control through external calls
  • Open content on load
  • Open content through hash tags in the url (#tab1, #tab2…)
  • Position of handle (left, right)
  • Mixed handle positions – 2 left , 2 right …
  • Cycle through content by interval
  • Events when animations starts and ends
  • Hide content until all has been assembled

Should work fine on Firefox, IE and Safari. Works in Opera, but still requires to set a fixed width for the containers, defined  through the options  (working on a fix).

Project Page

14. April 2009

Dwoo a Smarty Alternative

Dwoo is a PHP5 template engine positioned as an alternative to Smarty, it is (nearly) fully compatible with its templates and plugins, but it is written from scratch and aimed at going one step further with a cleaner codebase.
About Dwoo: Dwoo is a PHP5 Template Engine that was started in early 2008. The idea came from the fact that Smarty, a well known template engine, is getting older and older. It carries the weight of it’s age, having old features that are inconsistent compared to newer ones, being written for PHP4 its Object Oriented aspect doesn’t take advantage of PHP5’s more advanced features in the area, etc. Hence Dwoo was born, hoping to provide a more up to date and stronger engine. So far it has proven to be faster than Smarty and it provides a compatibility layer to allow developers that have been using Smarty for years to switch their application over to Dwoo progressively.


14. April 2009

jQuery – load CSS first

As soon as you use jQuery to manipulate CSS, you should load your CSS files before you load the core of jQuery.

Something I often had to deal with, especially when plugins check for certain css values, this includes my own Horizontal Accordion Menu.


A small preview of the soon to be released jQuery Horizontal Accordion 2.0 Alpha. Should currently work fine on Firefox and IE. Will be doing more extensive tests on other browsers after the first release.

The examples might not load from time to time, as I am updating live.

First clean release will be available after Easter.

Take a look


Create a Nice & Clean Sliding Login Panel in jQuery.