php|tek 2011 Jun 27, 2011

php|tek 2011 Speaker Chicago - May 24-27 php|tek in Chicago was fun as always. It is the best PHP conference I have ever been to, which makes sense, given that it is focused solely on PHP and surrounding technologies. The best thing about the conference is the community feeling in general. You get a real sense that everyone there really cares about PHP and is heavily invested in it, which is good for moving the whole language and ecosystem forward.

I myself gave two talks - one about Stackbox CMS, a new CMS project I have been working on, and one about Apppcelerator Titanium Mobile since I have been working with it a lot lately. The presentations are embedded below.

Android+iPhone SEO App Apr 13, 2011

I just released a new iPhone SEO app and Android SEO app called SEMTab SEO Pro. The basic idea is to keep a list of domains saved, and check SEO/SEM stats like Google PageRank (PR), backlinks, Alexa rank, etc. and Social share information from Twitter...

Protected vs Private Scope: Arrogance, Fear, and Handcuffs Apr 4, 2011

The age old private vs protected debate has been re-ignited in the PHP community recently following the decision of Doctrine2 and Symfony2 to make all class methods private until there is a very clear and proven reason to change them to protected or...

Self Employed Mar 22, 2011

This post comes with a bit of a delay, as it is already three months into the year, but as of January 2011, I have been full time self-employed. I made the difficult decision to voluntarily leave an excellent job with Company52 at the beginning of...

MySQL Error: 1033 Incorrect information in file Mar 2, 2011

I recently encountered this error on Disposeamail - a free disposable email site of mine that uses MySQL heavily for storing all incoming mail through an email pipe script.

I did a lot of researching, and basically, there are a few primary culprits I was able to identify that will hopefully save you some time.

Listing Aliases Inside an Android Keystore File With Keytool Dec 29, 2010

If you lose or forget your Android keystore file alias that is used to build APK files for distribution (like I did when trying to package Autoridge Lite for the Android Market), here is a quick and easy way to see them:

  1. Open a Terminal Window, Run This Command:

    keytool -list -keystore /location/of/your/com.example.keystore
    

    Make sure “keytool” is either in your PATH, or “cd” into the “tools” directory where your Android SDK files are.

  2. Enter your keystore password when prompted (you didn’t forget that too, did you? Did you?)

  3. See results! You should see something like the picture below if you did everything right. The alias is circled in yellow. If you have multiple aliases in your keystore, they will all be listed, one per line.

Zero to App in Two Weeks with Titanium Dec 27, 2010

Like any web developer who has been sitting on the sidelines watching this mobile explosion happen in front of my eyes, I was eager to find a way to jump in. Up until about a month ago, I was still evaluating various different mobile development platforms...

Practical Uses for PHP 5.3 Closures Oct 19, 2010

Closures are a new language-level feature that has been added to php 5.3, along with namespaces, late static binding, and a slew of other new features, patches, and updates. If you’re like me, you might be wondering what the practical uses for these new features are before you can rightly justify diving in and using them in new or existing projects. I experimented a lot with closures and possible uses over the past few weeks, and came up with some compelling reasons to start using them.

MongoDB Gotchas Jul 7, 2010

Most developers are coming from a background with relational database-specific experience, and then trying out some new NoSQL databases like MongoDB. Here are some “gotchas” I ran into while using MongoDB with my MySQL hat still on.

NoSQL First Impressions: Object Databases Missed the Boat Apr 27, 2010

I’ve spent the past few weeks here at work researching and playing with NoSQL databases (and especially MongoDB) for a new feature we’re developing that doesn’t easily fit into a relational model. And so far, I really like what I see. The profoundness...