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Zendcon Day 3 and beyond

All good things must come to and end, and unfortunately, so must Zendcon. Today was the last day at zendcon, and the conference came to a close around lunch time. I attended Building Desktop RIAs with PHP, HTML and Javascript in AIR by Edward Finkler End-to-end web testing with Selenium by Stefan Priebsch I need more servers! what do I do? (Scaling a php application) by Maurice Kherlakian The talk on AIR was interesting, probably not of huge help for…

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Zendcon Day 2

Day 2 of Zendcon and once again it was a little hard to get up in the morning, but decided to head to Zendcon early to get my hands on the breakfast at the conference. The day began with another keynote, dealing with new age PHP applications. The presentation was given by Roy Rubin and Yoav Kutner on Magento, a new open source ecommerce application. The initial talk I wanted to attend, got cancelled at the last minute, so that…

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Zendcon Day 1

The official kickoff of Zencon, started with a keynote by Harold Goldberg, CEO Zend technologies, and Andi Gutmans. They announced a new partnership with Adobe and the release of Zend Studio 6.1. Once the keynote was finished I attended : Of Haystacks and Needles by Derick Rethans Tiery Eyed by Kevin Schroeder PECL Picks – Extensions to make your life better by Elizabeth M Smith The Knight Rider Methodology To Software Development by Eli White State & Ajax – How…

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Zendcon Day 0

Finally made it to Zendcon08! After spending a couple of days in LA and San Francisco, doing the touristy stuff like visting Hollywood Blvd, a twilight tour of Alcatraz and cycling 15km from Pier 39 across the Golden gate bridge to a little city called Sausolito, I caught a train to Santa Clara for the conference. (pictures of the holiday on flickr, facebook and here) Day 0 was yesterday, which consisted of a few mammoth 3 hour sessions. The ones…

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Google Chrome

Google announced it’s own entry into the browser wars with the release (tomorrow) of Chrome. I realise that they(Google) will be making sure that google and google related sites render very well, and their talk of getting it to multithread make things sound interesting, but how well will it perform when it comes to the more important (to me atleast) topics of web standards, also, how will this affect Google’s relationship with Firefox? Chrome on Wiki.

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Mozilla Labs: Ubiquity

The Mozilla Labs blog is quickly becoming one of my favourite blogs to read. After their earlier Aurora Concept series, they have just announced an “alpha 0.1 prototype” release of Ubiquity. Its described as “An experiment into connecting the Web with language.” It basically is a way to control the browser using language based instructions to create on demand mash-ups. For example, if I am writing an email and want to embed maps, reviews etc, instead of going to various…

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Top 25 Free iPhone Web Apps

iPhone Toolbox had an interesting write up on the Top 25 free iPhone web apps. There are some amazing apps in there, however my favourites would have to be 1. Remember the milk 2. Google docs mobile 3. Zinio Mobile News Stand Unfortunately, using the iTouch does not quite give you the same experience (no connectivity without a wireless connection remember) I am surprised however, that Google Reader did not make the list. Its iPhone interface is one of the…

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Css Variables: An opposing view

A little while back I wrote about a proposal put forward to have variables in CSS (here). Today I came across an essay by Bert Bos titled ‘Why variables in css are considered harmful‘. I can sort of understand his point of view, but I don’t agree with him in this instance. I do not think that adding basic variable support to CSS is harmful, infact I still strongly believe that this would actually make css easier to write and…

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