If you’re comfortable with installing applications on your Mac and are reasonably familiar with MySQL, installing MySQL on Snow Leopard should be relatively simple. Here are the simple steps you need to do to get MySQL up and running on your local machine. Read more – ‘Installing MySQL on Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard)’.
Take control of your code with these programming best practices from Kevlin Henney. At JAOO Aarhus 2008 Kevlin used a trash can, vampires, a train wreck, whiskey and much more to make you understand and remember his 13 constructive points (a programmer’s dozen) about programming and code smells. Read more – ‘Programmer’s Dozen – Programming Best Practices’.
An increasingly popular technique among websites and in particular, blogs, is the idea of making URLs search engine friendly, or safe, on the premise that doing so will help search engine optimisation. By removing the obscure query string element of a URL and replacing it with keyword rich alternatives, not only makes it more readable for a human being, but also the venerable robots that allow our page content to be found in the first place. Read more – ‘Enabling Search Engine Safe URLs with Apache and htaccess’.
I’m not a big fan of the BBC’s recent website redesign! While I believe that a few structural and hierarchical elements could have been addressed better, the overall result of this redesign is too “Facebook” and Web 2.0 for my liking; exactly what an online news site does not need. Who are the BBC trying to appeal to? They have gone from being content centric to design and technology centric. This in itself isn’t a bad thing, but I don’t understand the BBCs motivation for doing so. Read more – ‘BBC Appealing to the Facebook Generation’.
GeSHi started out as a module for the phpBB forum system to enable highlighting of programming languages, which was largely unavailable at the time. Since its conception it has spawned into a standalone project, supported by many web-based PHP content management systems. Read more – ‘Generic Syntax Highlighter (GeSHi) for ColdFusion’.
Installing PHP is a relatively simple task one would think. Indeed it is simple, but configuring the php.ini isn't; at least not so on Windows Vista! It is infuriating when such a relatively simple task is made inordinately complicated because of the nuances of Vista permissions. What started out as a 5 minute task took a significant number of hours searching for a suitable answer on Google, and not only by myself. Read more – ‘PHP.ini Permission Problems on Windows Vista’.