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Foursquare Vs. Gowalla

Published on the 20th August, 2010

With recent news about Facebook’s new ‘Places’ feature it looks like location based social networking could become the next big thing over the next couple of years. In case you can’t wait for this to be fully rolled out and you want to give one of the established location based social networks a try, here’s some background info. What is a location based social network? Facebook and Twitter allow you to share messages, photos, links, etc. with a network of friends or followers. Locati...

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Book Review: CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development by Adam Griffiths (Packt Publishing)

Published on the 15th August, 2010

CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development by Adam Griffiths is a great introduction to CodeIgniter - and the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern in general - for intermediate and advanced PHP developers. I was asked to write a review of this book by Packt Publishing and this is now my third CodeIgniter specific book which I've studied. I’ve been working with CodeIgniter on several projects for over two years now so I’ve become quite familiar with the framework, but I’m always interes...

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Another CodeIgniter book review on the way

Published on the 8th May, 2010

I'll be posting another CodeIgniter book review for Packt Publishing shortly: 'CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional Development' by Adam Griffiths. I'm really looking forward to reading this book, in particular the chapter on user authentication through Twitter and Facebook Connect. Sample chapter Chapter 3: Form validation and database interaction ...

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Android 2.1 (Eclair) for T-Mobile G2 Touch (HTC Hero) possibly coming soon?

Published on the 4th April, 2010

Well, it's now April and many T-Mobile G2 Touch owners are waiting for the Android 2.1 update for their handsets, although all is still quiet on the news front. The last update from T-Mobile I saw was back in February when T-Mobile announced that they will be releasing "a firmware upgrade in April for the T-Mobile G2 Touch". We're all hoping that this will indeed be the Android 2.1 Eclair update we've been waiting for. There are some rumours out there as to the exact date and content of this rel...

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Trying out Mollom for Drupal

Published on the 3rd April, 2010

I've decided to give the web service, Mollom, a try since my CAPTCHA, which I kept tweaking to the point where I nearly couldn't read it, was letting me down. The problem with CAPTCHA is it logs how many form submissions it blocks, which is great, but this doesn't necessarily mean SPAM submissions; it could be frustrated people not being able to post a comment on your blog. Mollom works by analysing the form submission for SPAM patterns, then determining whether it is suitable or not. It's quite...

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Book review: CodeIgniter 1.7 by Jose Argudo Blanco and David Upton (Packt Publishing)

Published on the 27th February, 2010

The CodeIgniter framework is a secret weapon for many web developers as it allows you to quickly build complex web applications in a structured and organised way. I started using CodeIgniter over a year ago now so I've approached Packt's CodeIgniter 1.7 by Jose Argudo Blanco and David Upson as a way of expanding upon when I've already learnt from the user guide, forums and a book which I had previously read from Wrox called Professional CodeIgniter by Thomas Myer. This book not only introduces ...

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Drupal Editor for Android

Published on the 23rd February, 2010

I've just installed the Drupal Editor app for Android and this is my first 'test post' if you will. It's quite a simple app that connects to your Drupal site through the core blog api module. It then shows a list of all Drupal blogs and allows you to view, edit or delete the posts. You can also post new entries and assign taxonomy terms to them. It's simple and gets the job done! To install this app search for 'Drupal Editor' on the Android Market. Enjoy! ...

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'PHP Nature' missing from 'Project Natures' in Aptana Studio 2.0

Published on the 13th January, 2010

For some reason, even though I have the PHP Development Tools (PDT) installed in Aptana Studio (2.0), I'm not able to select 'PHP nature' in the 'Project natures' of an imported project. I can start a new PHP Project which will have the 'PHP nature' selected as primary nature, but this doesn't even appear as an option in imported projects. The only two natures that are available are 'Remote Nature' and 'Web Nature'. The 'PHP nature' adds some really useful functions, like grouping my @todos into...

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Location based reminders

Published on the 7th January, 2010

Reminders, whether from calendars or todo lists, are typically time based, so they will remind you to perform an action at a desired time. However, I've just discovered location based reminders or 'geo-reminders' and this could possibly be my favourite life hack! When I say discovered, I actually had the idea when I got home from the supermarket having forgotten several necessities, but naturally this has already been thought of and many location based reminder apps already exist. Location base...

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