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23. June 2007

A Week of many things

PostNuke Pro Modules
Have been working my way through the Pro modules this week, outlining the future roadmaps for each of them. Will publish them on the Pro website soon.

Accept from my development enviroment and some customer programmming and consulting projects, I am not really actively using Postnuke anymore. Alot of the work I have done on the Pro modules in the past is outdated. My way of thinking and programming has changed alot and will change the way those modules evolve in the coming months.

Due to core changes in Postnuke (session table, api changes), I will have to decide if I add simple switches or branch out.
Design / Programming
I love diversity :) After 2 years of working underground, its
really fun to work on many different projects out in the open again ;)

Have been actively cleaning up portalZINE the past few days and
have some more changes lined up. Still finetuning parts of the framework and adding new functioanlity (never ending story), functionality that is also required for a bigger project I am currently finalizing. Also started a new design/programming
project for a friend of mine, that will take most of the coming week
Its a complete community and company redesign.

Fun
Well all the things above should be fun :) I entered a beta
hardware test here in Europe, that will swallow some time in the next
few weeks, but will definitely be consindered as fun. My sister is stopping by today and we will have a nice barbecue outside, if the weather plays nice.

Enjoy your weekend

Cheers
Alexander
 

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22. June 2007

Code-Highlighting

Finally added code highlighting. Will be alot easier to read the code snippets and be more language native.

Cheers
Alexander

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HTML

Javascript

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21. June 2007

Check Excel CSV files

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“XCache is a fast, stable PHP opcode cacher that has been tested and is now running on production servers under high load. It is tested (on linux) and supported on all of the latest PHP cvs branches such as PHP_4_3 PHP_4_4 PHP_5_0 PHP_5_1 PHP_5_2 HEAD(6.x). ThreadSafe/Windows is also supported. It overcomes a lot of problems that has been with other competing opcachers such as being able to be used with new PHP versions.”

Have been playing with it locally and used it on a customer install. Have been trying most of the opcode cachers over the past months, this one is the only cacher that is actively developed, apart from APC.

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21. June 2007

Compress Javascript

Compress javascript easily. Most of the popular libraries already provide compressed versions to minimize their file sizes.

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17. June 2007

Easy Regular Expressions

Test your regular expression easily right on the desktop.
Link

Some other nice resources for regular expressions:
http://www.regular-expressions.info/ (Tester)
http://regexlib.com/ (my favorite)
Regular Expressions Cheat Sheet
Javascript Regular Expressions
Mac OSX widget

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12. June 2007

Safari 3 Beta

Safari 3 beta for Mac and Windows has been released on the WWDC yesterday.

The OSX version seems to be stable, but can not say the same about the Windows version yet. Well its just a beta and its on windows :)

Interresting that Apple is also moving into the windows browser market. The html / js benchmarks are really impressive.

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I have been doing alot of javascript programming in the past few years and had to do many tasks over and over again.

Since last year javascript libraries have been almost exploding, due to the huge ajax hype. Among those are Prototype, jQuery, MooTools, ext, cssQuery, dojo and alot of other larger frameworks.

When I evaluate libraries, I make sure that what I include mostly consists of things I will actual use within a project. Bloated libraries are out of the question for me. Also important is the way a library integrates into my workflow and other server side enviroments I use. The library must be unobstrusive and easy to extend.

While evaluating options for my php framework, JQuery became the library of my choice.
“jQuery is a fast, concise, JavaScript Library that simplifies how you
traverse HTML documents, handle events, perform animations, and add
Ajax interactions to your web pages.”

It has a lighweight footprint of around 19kb(compressed), is CSS3
compliant and provides cross browser functionality (IE, Firefox,
Safari, Opera). The jQuery community is really active and provides a
huge amount of additonal plugins that extend its functionality. jQuery
allowed me to move many of my snippets into small plugins, that I can
load where ever I need them. I will share some of those in the future
and also write up some tutorials about things I have created with
jQuery in the past months.

jQuery is up to version 1.1.2 and version 1.1.3 is just around the corner.


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10. June 2007

CSS Hacks Overview

We all hate tweaking our css to conform for multiple browsers. Even though things got alot better with the latest browser releases, sometimes elements need to be positioned by the pixel in any browser and you have to adjust your css for each of them.

Here is a site covering most of the possiblities to handle css for different browsers, highlighting quirks that work on special versions and browsers.

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