Archive for July, 2011

Software Update Hell

July 18th, 2011 4 comments

Software seems to need constant updating these days here’s what I’m updating:-

  • Windows 7 service pack 1 : keeps refusing to install for various reasons
  • WordPress 3.2.1 but some of my sites only had Mysql 4.x so I had to first upgrade to MySQL5.x
  • Blackberry Curve 9300 : Although the phone is new, I’ve been downloading huge updates
  • Virus Checkers etc etc

I was also bedeviled by those warning screens “Are you sure you want to continue” which disappeared behind other windows and left me wondering why an update was taking so long!.

I always say yes to updates if only to get rid of them, but gosh I would actually like to use my Netbook, Blackberry etc!!

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In Demand Web Skills

July 12th, 2011 No comments

What is currently in demand is PHP5 that means OOP, any framework eg CakePHP/Zend or CodeIgniter and Jquery (Javascript) or good enough or on its own the serious Drupal experience.
If you’ve got these you are gold dust, if not you are … dust …

any comments?

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CakePHP is a Piece of Cake!

July 6th, 2011 1 comment

I’ve recently become aware of how behind the times my skills are , in particular if you write PHP you are expected to use a framework . I’ve chosen CakePHP and have installed it on my local Apache Server with a few permission hiccups. I’ve then completed the create a blog tutorial and it’s stunning how easy it is. It uses the MVC or Model-View-Controller system for development. To quote their documentation it CakePHP takes the monotony out of web development. We provide you with all the tools you need to get started coding what you really need to get done: the logic specific to your application. Instead of reinventing the wheel every time you sit down to a new project, check out a copy of CakePHP and get started with the real guts of your application.

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