Running – Day1

Wow, it’s been a long time since I posted so I figured I would try and use the blog to talk about more then just IT stuff (Even though theres little of that on here). I don’t know what happened but on my drive home I felt motivated to go for a run. I haven’t done any decent excerise for along time, we’re talking 8 years or so.

Anyhows, I just finished running 2.5 miles in 22 minutes and 17 seconds (6.7 mph). Not too shabby for my first run.I’ll keep posting my times and hopefully improvements, a good motivator as the guys at work will take the piss if I give up.

I recorded the times and distance using a free app for the iPhone (Trainer Lite). If I can keep this up I will find a better app and perhaps share my routes.

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Eclipse PDT and JSEclipse on Ubuntu 64

eclipseAround 4 months ago I decided to try out Eclipse and PDT. For a novice Ubuntu user it was fairly complicated and the 64bit version only added to the fun. Luckily a helpful guide on www.64bitjungle.com showed me the way.

PDT v2.0 was released on the 29th December and after reading some good things and how much easier it is to setup I decided to upgrade. I turned again to 64bitjungle and followed this tutorial. The process was much quicker, they have really improved the install for 64bit Users.

I also like to use the JSEclipse, it provides features you would expect, like code completion, syntax highlighting, library support (dojo etc.) and error reporting. To make it easier add the following URL to Eclipse’s Software Updates/Addons (Help > Software Update > Add Site).

http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/jseclipse/autoinstall/site.xml

The experiance was smoother and Eclipse feels likes it’s running quicker. I would definitely recommend upgrading.

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WordPress :: iPhone

When I ventured to wordpress.com to setup this blog I noticed that there was an iPhone application. As owner of a new iPhone I was pretty chuffed.

One of the reasons my previous attempts to blog failed, were lack of time to sit down and write. Although not much has changed regarding time, I can make a good start by creating notes for a post.

Another plus for me, when posts are saved on the iPhone it can store them locally, so you don’t even have to be connected. (Very handy in rural Lincolnshire).

Briefly Disappointed

I knew it was a new application but I really hoped it had comment moderation. Sadly version 1.1 doesn’t but after checking the road map I found that this feature had already been completed.

The 1.2 milestone is still in beta and is currently being tested. For me it can’t come soon enough, so if I can make the time I will try and contribute.

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PHP Positions

I was looking for a small project to help get into Zend Framework and while talking to Dave Marshall he invited me to help with his Php Job Board, PHPPositions.

PHPPositions UK is a simple job board, listing genuine PHP jobs, for genuine companies. No agencies.

I found myself in a little too deep, but did manage a small amount of work on the RSS feed. In the end I decided that I need a better grasp of the ZF and picked up “A Guide to Programming with Zend Framework“, by Cal Evans. I’m only 4 chapters in but so far it’s been good. I’ll perhaps write a proper review when I’m done (hopefully before ZF 1.7 is released).

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Are we there yet? (PHPNW ’08)

Only 18 more sleeps until my first Php conference. It’s a 1 day conference, held in Manchester. Very handy for someone living in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. The conference is ran by PHP North West.

phpnw08 is a 1 day conference, to be held on Saturday 22nd November 2008, for developers, designers, managers or anyone else with an interest in the PHP programming language.

The schedule is looking really good, especially as this is PHP NW’s first conference. My schedule looks to include, First Steps with Zend Framework with Rob Allen, Index and Search, options for PHP programmers with Zoe Slattery and The Power of Refactoring with Stefan Koopmanschap.

You might see me milling about with some work colleagues, including Dave Marshall. We are in Manchester for the best part of the weekend. Should be a cracking time.

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Just another welcome post….

Welcome to my blog, I was hoping to run my own WordPress blog, shamefully I haven’t found the time, at least this way I can start blogging now.

I have a few posts in draft covering the PHP NW 08 conference (which I will be attending). A Php UK Job board, PHP Positions. Plus the WordPress’ Iphone app which I discovered while creating this blog.

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