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…

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…

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…

State of the Browser

On the 19th March I'm going to be attending "State of the Browser". It's an event hosted by the London Web Standards group for "web creators" to get the low down on up-and-coming features of the 4 modern browsers. Tickets for the event are £10 and are still available on…