Archive | September, 2010

Why Netbeans 6.9x+ is an awesome PHP development environment

I’ve been doing some form of coding since around the advent of the IBM PC and VIC-20 and have obviously come across many editors and IDE:s for a number of platforms. Things have come a long way since Edlin. I cannot recall every single editor and IDE I’ve been toying with, and I’m not sure it’s relevant to this post, but some of them include A/Edit, Emacs, TSE/Qedit, Brief, SlickEdit, vi, and many derivatives of these. Having been a DOS programmer for quite some time, I’ve also been working in the various Borland IDE:s.

In the past 10 years I’ve mostly been using Emacs, and every now and then I’ve been sneaking a peek at various other Linux based editors. For the past several years I’ve been giving both Eclipse and NetBeans a go. There are a number of IDE:s out there that are based on Eclipse (Zend/ZDE, Aptana Studio, Eclipse PDT to name a few), so in many cases they share their core behavior, look ‘n’ feel, pros and cons.

One thing I’ve learned, the hard way, is that there are just about as many “My editor is better than your editor”-battles being fought as there are “My language is better than your language”-battles; programmers and developers truly seem to enjoy trying to outdo each other when it comes to proving their arsenal of tools to be superior to that of others. I’ve never understood this part. If you can solve the given task, with all its parameters, with whatever tools you prefer, go and do it. If someone else can manage the same thing with some other tool, good for them. Listening to these arguments is like listening to two five-year-olds battling it out trying to convince the other that a given color is prettier than another. Of course, one could just turn a deaf ear and not listen 🙂

Now let’s talk a little bit about Eclipse and NetBeans.
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Finally a ZenPhoto theme worthy of being called a theme!

zpGalleriffic Screenshot

I’m a long time user of ZenPhoto, a very nice piece of software for showcasing your photos on a website, in other words a web gallery. I like it mainly for what it doesn’t do, as weird as that may sound. Far too many “photo gallery”-type software packages strive to be a Swiss Army knife of sorts, while ZenPhoto just strives to make sense. Of course, there are also those that don’t do much at all, which seems to defeat the purpose of a gallery.

While upgrading one of my photo sites to the latest version, I decided to check out the number of new and updates themes I was expecting to find; I haven’t had the time to upgrade this site in a while, so I haven’t been keeping up. The gap in versions (and time) led me to believe that there would be some serious improvements in the theme section over at zenphoto.org. I was wrong.

It still strikes me as odd that something as good as ZenPhoto seems to lack one of the fundamental pieces for a web gallery, layout and design.

Having previously written about the Flickrish Theme for ZenPhoto, I thought I’d go and see if I could find any third-party themes available on the net that I hadn’t seen before. After spending some time looking around, I finally ran into a theme that I had missed while browsing the ZenPhoto site; enter zpGalleriffic!.

It’s a nice, quiet looking web gallery theme that uses Galleriffic for a lot of its work. The author of the zpGalleriffic theme obviously knows what he’s doing — if you’ve been looking for a nice theme for your ZenPhoto site, you may want to give zpGalleriffic a shot (pun intended).

Great work Greg Rentschler! And thank you for making it available to the rest of us! And as always, a big Thank You also to the people behind ZenPhoto!

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OsÀkert parlamentariskt lÀge

Jag förstĂ„r inte riktigt det hĂ€r. Oavsett vilket politiskt block man röstar pĂ„ sĂ„ kĂ€nns tongĂ„ngarna som att det Ă€r otĂ€nkbart för nĂ„got parti frĂ„n de RödGröna att samarbeta med Alliansen för att gĂ„ runt SD (“mĂ„ Alliansen brinna i helvetet”), men tydligen sĂ„ Ă€r det full möjligt och acceptabelt att nĂ„got parti frĂ„n Alliansen skall “ta sitt ansvar” och samarbeta med de RödGröna .. ehm.. kan nĂ„gon definera “Ansvarsfullt” för mig?

Högmod gÄr före fall?

Är de idiologiska skillnaderna mellan (större delen av) blocken sĂ„ stora att man hellre har en instabil parlamentarisk lösning Ă€n att landet inte hamnar i en vĂ„gmĂ€starsituation?

(om vi skippar retoriken ett tag och ser pÄ sakfrÄgan)

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Happy Birthday Mom!

Today you would have been 63 years old; I hope you’re chillin’ wherever you are. Your two grandchildren are driving me nuts sometimes, but I guess this is payback 🙂

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How MyPhoneExplorer helps Android / HTC / Droid / X10 owners

Last week I was faced with the not-so-simple task of moving a lot of stuff from my old SonyEricsson C905 mobile phone (Symbian) to my brand new, shining, and spiffy HTC Wildfire. As reported previously, this task isn’t as simple as it sounds. Parting with the C905 is hard. It is the one phone I’ve owned over the years that has never let me down, and its camera still beats most cell phone cameras, past and present. Parting with something you’ve gotten used to and come to like is always hard, and when the conversion process to another piece of equipment presents you with a massive mountain to climb, things don’t get any easier 🙂

Moving from a Symbian based cell phone to a “smart” Android phone is not a straight forward process.

MyPhoneExplorer to the rescue. Oh do read on .. 🙂
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