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JavaScript Vector Graphics Library

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This show the graphics capability of javascript. Impressive !

Walter Zorn

Written by dinh

January 24, 2006 at 9:48 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Coding “Best Practices”

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Codewalkers.com has some advises on Coding Best Practices for PHP although this can apply to programming language.

Best Practices– What the heck does that mean? One definition returned by Google reads “processes and activities that have been shown in practice to be the most effective.” What does that mean to you? These are things that work so use them! And while I will be discussing PHP specifically, these can be used in ANY programming language. These simple guidelines will help make your scripts easier to read and understand (to you and the next guy), have fewer bugs and save you time. I guess the better question is why AREN’T you already using them?

Coding “Best Practices”–or at least “Better Practices” [CodeWalker]
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Written by dinh

January 18, 2006 at 7:15 pm

Posted in PHP, Programming

Learn to do Algebra Mentally and Intuitively

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For those who have suffered (or still suffer) at school with Algebra, Aaron Maxwell come with an answer : Inner Algebra.

Mathematicians use their minds in ways that make abstract math easy for them. This book teaches you how to do the same, focusing on algebra. As you read and do the exercises in this self-study guide, math becomes easier and more natural.

Excerpt from the author :

Many mathematicians and engineers can look at an equation, think a moment, and know its solution. Some can do very complex math this way. Most people can learn to do this. By using certain mental abilities you have in ways described in this book, you can do things mathematically that may have not seemed possible before

Written by dinh

January 18, 2006 at 11:32 am

Scott Hanselman’s 2005 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List

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ComputerZenComputer Zen Scott Hanselman has updated his list of “Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool”. I do already use some tools from his list such as Del.icio.us, Google Portal, ieHttpHeaders

Be sure to check this out because it has a lot of good stuffs

Everyone collects utilities, and most folks have a list of a few that they feel are indispensable. Here’s mine. Each has a distinct purpose, and I probably touch each at least a few times a week. For me, util means utilitarian and it means don’t clutter my tray. If it saves me time, and seamlessly integrates with my life, it’s the bomb.

Scott Hanselman’s 2005 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List [Computer Zen]

Written by dinh

January 18, 2006 at 11:12 am

Posted in Tools, Work

Quick Reference Card

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Quick Reference Card has a list of reference cards for :

  • Programming
  • Database and web
  • Computer Administration
  • Editor and typeseting
  • Misc

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by dinh

January 18, 2006 at 10:57 am

Posted in Quick-reference, Work

Good Rail framework-like in PHP ?

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There have been a lot of buzz around Ruby on Rail these days. But with a Php background I rather not to switch to Ruby but find a framework that have the same philosophy as Rail has. It seems that I’ve found one. Symfony framework looks good and the documentation is excellent. Here is what it claims to do :

Based on the best practices of web development, thoroughly tried on several active websites, symfony aims to speed up the creation and maintenance of web applications, and to replace the repetitive coding tasks by power, control and pleasure.

Symfony provides a lot of features seamlessly integrated together, such as:

  • simple templating and helpers
  • cache management
  • smart URLs
  • scaffolding
  • multilinguism and I18N support
  • object model and MVC separation
  • Ajax support
  • enterprise ready

The best of all is that it come with a 24 days tutorials to build a real world application Askeet. I will blog more on this framework later after testing it more thorougthly. Until then why don’t try it yourself.

Written by dinh

January 18, 2006 at 10:27 am

Posted in Framework, PHP, Symfony

A picture worth a thousands words

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In a word of communication, pictures are everything. Presentation Zen has a list of websites that offers pictures for all your needs. Some are inexpensive and the others are completely free so check this out.

Below, then, are links to both inexpensive sites and sites offering free images in searchable databases (but check terms of use). The quality ranges from “excellent? to “not too bad.? If you can suggest some other sites which have worked well for you (free or inexpensive “but good?), please let me know and I’ll add them below after I check them out.

Where can you find good images? [Presentation Zen]

Written by dinh

January 18, 2006 at 9:44 am

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