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  • thebigdog 21:29 on Friday, 27 January 2006 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    My little toolbox 

    I just finished reading an article on Linux.com that talks about useful tools that a system administrator uses. This is a great article to read and glean if you are doing any system administration with your PHP development. At work and as a contractor I can only stress the importance that a developer needs to be familiar with system administration. You can check out the article here.

    Here are some command line tools that i use almost on a daily bases to help out with system administration tasks.

    • find
    • xargs
    • sed
    • awk
    • nmap
    • netstat
    • bash shell scripting
    • column
    • expand
    • split
    • comm
    • sort
    • diff
    • dig
    • dsplit
    • du
    • df
    • free
    • grep
    • screen

    These are just some of the ones that I use. One point I would like to make is that by becoming familiar with additional commands you will start to become more proficient in your system admin tasks; obviously resulting in a sharper developer.

  • thebigdog 21:43 on Tuesday, 24 January 2006 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    PHP and JSON 

    There has been some recent activity on the PHP Developer mailing list about the addition of JSON into the PHP Core. After reading the thread, I did a little research on JavaScript Object Notation (JSON). Here is a great website to read more about it.

  • thebigdog 17:36 on Friday, 20 January 2006 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    New Firefox Extension – Firebug 

    FireBug is a new tool that aids with debugging Javascript, DHTML, and Ajax. It is like a combination of the Javascript Console, DOM Inspector, and a command line Javascript interpreter.
    Other fun features:

    • XMLHttpRequest Spy – Ever wonder what all them newfangled Ajax websites are up to? Watch the requests fly by in the console!
    • One web page, one console – Tired of slogging through a zillion errors in the JavaScript Console trying to find the one you want? The FireBug console is built into the bottom of the browser, and only shows you errors and log messages that came from the page you’re looking at.
    • JavaScript Error Status Bar Indicator – It’s a sin that Firefox doesn’t include this by default, like IE does. When there is an error in the page, the status bar will let you know with a big red blob.
    • Logging for web pages – Sick and tired of “alert debugging”? Jealous of all your C programmer buddies with their fancy printf? Now you can log text and objects to the FireBug console from any web page. See my website for more info on this.
  • wade 22:50 on Tuesday, 17 January 2006 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Model-view-controller frameworks 

    For January’s presentation, Richard K. Miller presented on model-view-controller (MVC) frameworks. MVC framework Ruby on Rails has received a lot of attention in the past year for making web app development easier and more enjoyable. Several similar frameworks are available for PHP. Special guest John Peterson of MyTechSupport.com, the creators of a PHP framework called PHP on Trax also presented. PHP on Trax was used to rapidly develop KatrinaHousing.org, a highly trafficked website that helped hurricane victims find housing.

  • wade 13:06 on Wednesday, 11 January 2006 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Utah Asterisk Users Group formed 

    A new user group has been formed in the valley: The Utah Asterisk Users Group. UTAUG is a new community of Asterisk professionals and interested hobbiests that will be free for “all law-abiding Asterisk users” with a focus on local (to Utah) Asterisk users and talent. They will offer regular presentations and and a website that is promised to be “an ad-free haven where local Asterisk gurus and enthusiasts can gather.” Join them for their inuagural meeting.

  • wade 15:36 on Monday, 9 January 2006 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    PHP easter eggs 

    Apparently PHP is not immune to the comical easter eggs imbedded by witty programmers. Site Point’s Kevin Yank has posted a list of query strings that can bring up various treats such as images of animals and author credits.

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