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Buying Books

by thebeebs 31. May 2008 08:29

A friend of mine told me as story which made me laugh, his girlfriend asked for a book for her birthday. She told him the title and explained that she'd saw it on Richard and Judy. He went out and bought the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus turns out that the book he bought was ironic since she actually asked for Why Men Don't Listen And Women Can't Read Maps

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PHP Ain't so bad

by thebeebs 30. May 2008 07:51

Who would have thought it. Last night I booted up my computer, opened up notepad and got to work on a quick fix for a PHP website. For the people out there who have no idea what PHP is, it's just another Web development Language that rivals my main language Asp.Net.

I've hardly ever used PHP because it's always felt like a step back in time, it's structured very much like an old language I used before called ASP, and the headaches I used to have managing large site, with lots of source and includes wasn't something I fancied subjecting myself to again.

As I was ploughing through the code I started thinking, this is so easy, this is like webdevelopment used to be, you don't need any complex software, and there are no complicated page lifecycle patterns that you have to get your head round. All you need is a copy of notepad, a cup of coffee and at least 4 hours.

I may very well start using PHP on all small sites I develop because it's simple. However I don't think I could deal with the headache of all those include files on larger sites. I'd be interested to take a look at the Facebook source code and see what it looks like as I've never saw the back end of a serious PHP development.

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Search Results

by thebeebs 30. May 2008 04:28

Every week or so I take a look at the search terms that have brought people to my blog. It's often interesting and sometimes disappointing that so many come looking for something that my site so obviously doesn't provide.

Therefore I've decided to take a look at some of the search terms and answer all the questions that visitors have inadvertently asked through Google which the blog doesn't answer.

These are the top 20 Searches this month:

1. martin beeby
2. thoughtful gifts
3. millers hag
4. silverlight vs flex
5. flex alternatives
6. silverlight flex
7. diggsample.zip
8. flex silverlight
9. mcad .net blog
10. seadragon zoom
11. white men cant rap
12. "silverlight 2" ribbon 2008 controls 
13. acid 3
14. cant read
15. compare flex silverlight
16. flex silverlight comparison
17. funny letters
18. integrate windows live messenger
19. otex
20. regex helper

Now some of the search terms are dull and already answered somewhere on the blog, but below are a few that aren't and deserve a little more explanation.

2. thoughtful gifts
A thoughtful gift can't really be searched for? The whole idea is that you should put some thought into it! If your really struggling I always find tickets to a show are a good bet, rack your brain and try and remember something that she said she wanted to see. If you have more cash to splash stick with jewellery.

3. millers Hag
Millers hag are 4 piece band who I have no affiliation with but mentioned in one of my blogs you can find out more about them on the millers hag myspace page

5. flex alternatives
Silverlight is a great flex alternative this is a great place to start

7. diggsample.zip
You'll be looking for Scott gu's Digg sample which is on Scott's Blog

10. seadragon zoom

You should take a look at the brilliant video to see seadragon in action http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/129

12. "silverlight 2" ribbon 2008 controls
As far as I can tell no one has yet released a good silverlight Ribbon Demo however Telerik have a good tab strip that could probably be extended: http://www.telerik.com/demos/silverlight/QSFEngine/index.html#Examples/TabStrip/FirstLook

13. funny letters

Hmmm how the hell did you get to my site? perhaps you should try: http://www.nwlink.com/~mikeblas/letters/index.htm

18. integrate windows live messenger
You need to check out http://msstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o21/mix08/08_WMVs/T03.wmv for a demo on integrating live messenger into anysite.

19. otex
It's pretty good stuff. You can find out more at http://www.otexear.com or buy on boots http://www.boots.com/guidedsearch/newsearch.jsp?searchArea=1&searchTerm=otex&uri=%2Fguidedsearch%2Fnewsearch.jsp&classificationId=&contentId=&articleId=&N=0&Ntk=all&Nty=1

20. regex helper
I use the regex workbench which can be downloaded here and is totally brilliant http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/RegexWorkbench/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=406

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