Starting out with Zend Framework

I am on a mission to get to grips with using the Zend Framework for building web applications. At MOO, the Zend Framework is used in it's more toolkit-like component library capacity and I'm also pretty familiar with its structure from previous work with Magento (although that always seemed to…

Twitter OAuth: Simple cURL requests for your own data

Having to include an entire PHP OAuth library every time I want to make a simple API request for some of my own data from a 3rd party app like Twitter really pisses me off. Perhaps this is unreasonable, but it's a problem I ran into for the 4th or…

An assortment of useful linux commands

This is a totally random post full of linux commands that I find useful but am always forgetting. I use linux at work and also on a command-line-only VM at home. I'm always battling with it, largely because I'm a noob. Usually after a couple of hours of playing with…

WordPress: Migrate! Updated

A new version of Migrate! is now available to download from Github. What does this fix? A few people have reported having problems using the Migrate! script with their local setups as it constantly shows an error message saying "Your current URL is not a valid URL" much like this:…

Time flies when you're having fun

There is some mystery time warp device which absorbs time when you're having fun. There is also a nasty tunnel monster which lives on Britain's railways and gobbles up all your freetime whilst you're travelling to and from work. At least, it does when you commute from Northampton to London…

Another dot com boom...

Despite the current economic turmoil, many people are warning that the technology market is falling foul of another bubble. I've been following the discussion with fascination, and last week this article from TNW debunking the theory really caught my eye. This is not another technology bubble, this is natural economic…

Awesome: 1. Real-time radiation levels, Twitter heartbeat & BBC #fail

An introduction This is the first in a new series of blog posts I will be writing about the cool things I discover in my travels around the web. Twitter provides a wealth of wonder every day, RSS provides regular treats & the cool people I work & play with…

Why don't all HTML elements have a src attribute?

In the middle of writing a blog post about generating placeholder text (think lipsum..coming soon) I started wondering why there is no HTML-native way to load arbitrary content into an element. API's and RESTful services are all over the web these days, but we continue to have to jump…