TextPattern – SUCCESS!

It installed and functioning – albeit, not entirely 100%. I'm not quite ready to share my web location yet since it is still very “beta” and I'm not quite comfortable with the code yet.

Dean has been very responsive though and I expect that TextPattern will be a huge success in the coming months.

More to come….

TextPattern Update

Off to a good start, but stalled at the configuration. It seems that some variables aren't making it to the right destination during setup. I'll post the solution as soon as I figure it out or Dean points me in the right direction. – Andy

TextPattern

I have been biting my nails with great anticipation for the public release of TextPattern, the PHP-based weblog application. The message on the current site?

    upgrading to latest build

Maybe I'm one step closer to my lucky day!!

Integrating DreamWeaver and PHP.

Integrating DreamWeaver and PHP

Since this came out a week ago (I feel so behind!), I suspect a lot of you have seen this but for those that haven't, here's a good article on DreamWeaver and PHP:

… but MX finally offered a simple tool for rapidly building database-driven sites using two widely-supported open source technologies: PHP and MySQL.

Unfortunately, if you've used Dreamweaver MX to build ASP, ColdFusion, or JSP sites, you'll notice that the program's PHP offerings fall a bit short. Some standard features, such as password-protecting web pages, or options for formatting dates and numbers, are missing from Dreamweaver's PHP server model. To add insult to injury, if you want to get some of that missing functionality, you'll have to shell out $99 for Macromedia's Developer Resource Kit Volume 2–an add-on that also includes new tools for other Macromedia products such as Flash, Fireworks, and ColdFusion MX.

But there's no need to settle for less, or shell out money for features that should have come with the program. With a little time spent browsing the web, you'll be able to bring Dreamweaver's PHP support up to speed, for free. [_Go_] (emphasis mine)

Note: I'm not a DreamWeaver fan or user as the UI gives me hives so I can't comment in detail on it but it seems right.

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Error Handling, Apache and PHP.

Error Handling, Apache and PHP

I'm on record as using this for my sites so here's a good tutorial that I can endorse fully:

Using PHP and Apache, you can turn your “Page Not Found” messages into more than bland error reports. You can serve an alternate page based on the name of the page that was not found, create a page on the fly from a database, or send an email about the missing page to a webmaster. [_Go_]

How else do you think you got this beautiful picture?  True there are a lot more things I could have done with it (which are covered in this tutorial).

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YES, I'M A BAD AMERICAN

     by George Carlin

I Am Your Worst Nightmare. I am a BAD American. I am George Carlin.

I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some mid level governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican!

I'm in touch with my feelings and I like it that way, damn it!

I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you a smart American.

I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything.

I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, try to do it in English.

I think fireworks should be legal on the 4th of July.

I think that being a student doesn't give you any more enlightenment than working at Blockbuster. In fact, if your parents are footing the bill to put your pansy ass through 4 years plus of college, you haven't begun to be enlightened.

I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.

My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and whoever canceled Jerry Springer.

I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor.

I know wrestling is fake and I don't waste my time arguing about it.

I think global warming is a big lie. Where are all those experts now, when I'm freezing my ass off during these long winters and paying, paying, paying?

I've never owned a slave, or was a slave, I didn't wander forty years In the desert after getting chased out of Egypt. I haven't burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks and neither have you! So, shut-the-Hell-up already.

I want to know which church is it exactly where the Reverend Jesse Jackson practices, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution. Can I get an AMEN on that one?

I think the cops have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you're running from them.

I also think they have the right to pull your ass over if you're breaking the law, regardless of what color you are.

I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don't want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years.

I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me crap or trying to guilt me into making “donations” to their cause. These people should be targets.

I believe that it doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents.

And what the hell is going on with gas prices… again?

If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I'm a BAD American.

Simple Web Design GuidelinesThe following excerpt is from an email I sent to a client today. I typically do programming as opposed to a lot of layout and design, but I know what I look for when visiting or designing a web site.

    In designing any web site, the key to the layout is consistency, ease of use, and minimalization. You want to make sure that on every single page of your site, the header, navigation, and overall layout are as identical as possible. The user should be able to quickly identify where the navigation of the site is in contrast to the content and the header/logo should be a clear indication of which site they visiting. In addition, the header & navigation should make up the least amount of space on a given page. The visual “punch” should come from the content and pictures used to illustrate the content. After all, the visitor usually comes to your site to read your content, not see your layout or how cool you navigation is arranged.