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Found my IDE

Submitted by nk on Thu, 2007-08-16 04:29

So there was Zend. Which I bought. By the time I got a strong enough machine which could run Zend Studio with anything I would call even remotely acceptable speed, I no longer needed the much caveated for tooltips.

There is Komodo. Nice. And expensive. And again, not native to my Kubuntu Linux, which makes it more sluggish than I like.

I stuck with KATE which, through the kio-slaves provided by KDE can access me any remote filesystem via any protocol I can dream of. It has a rudimentary autocomplete -- it's string based which is actually good when writing menu definitons and such.

Nice new laptop -- and it runs unusual an OS

Submitted by nk on Mon, 2007-08-13 14:57

Today I got a nice new Panasonic Y5 thanks so much to everyone who donated to the cause! You can download unboxing (according to Engadget "holiest of holies") photos and you can see it running Mac OS X! Alas, the wireless does not work, so this laptop will also get Kubuntu. Because of this review the nickname of the machine is Tank.

Write in C?

Submitted by nk on Sun, 2007-08-12 20:50

Sung to the tunes of Let it be.

When I find my code in tons of trouble,
Friends and colleages come to me,
Speaking words of wisdom:
"Write in C."

As the deadline fast approaches,
And bugs are all that I can see,
Somewhere, someone whispers:
"Write in C."

gophp5 is gaining traction

Submitted by nk on Thu, 2007-08-09 04:19

Rumor has that PHP4 EOL thread got started very shortly after one PHP team member talked to one of the gophp5 guys.

Drupal IRC channels

Submitted by nk on Wed, 2007-08-08 09:31

In the past there were some friction in #drupal when right in the middle of some deep developer discussion a beginner joined and asked something trivial. This usually ended with the poor chap running for his life to #drupal-support .

However, support is for -- support. Not coding. To this end, the (relatively) newly formed #drupal-dev is reserved for those deep developer discussion and chitchat is frowned upon. #drupal is everything related to coding, advocacy and so on.

Updates on some issues

Submitted by nk on Sun, 2007-07-29 03:32

After much, much debate with myself, the laptop I am going to buy will be a Panasonic Y5, the lightest 14" laptop. Much cheaper than the R500 but extremely capable and 1490 gram for a 14" laptop is still damned nice.

In other news, privatemsg got threading support -- you will be able to see a message, its reply, the reply to that and so forth on the detail screen a la facebook.

Dmitri is writing views_subscriptions -- and he has got pretty far already! Yay!

Email notification when a view is updated

Submitted by nk on Fri, 2007-07-27 18:53

Alas, this post is not about announcing such an awesomeness. But i would like to draw attention to the new, open-to-other-modules subscriptions 5.x-2.x branch and what a fantastic piece would be a small module that ties views and subscriptions together. According to Earl Miles, the creator of views:

you could grab the view, add a nid filter to the view (or argument), run the view and get the result. If there's a match, it's in the view.


Simpletest is simple!

Submitted by nk on Wed, 2007-07-25 06:07

Really, you just need to try it. I took page_creation.test -- it's always good to start with an example -- which creates a user which posts a page. I have continued this test with creating another user to subscribe to this page and then yet another user which posts a comment. Using the sendmail trick in my previous post the email landed in a file and I have tested whether the comment subject appears in it. The whole thing really was more copy-paste than creative coding and worked for the first time. This is fantastic.

Testing email

Submitted by nk on Tue, 2007-07-24 12:18

NowPublic got serious about testing and hired Rok Zlender. Our first project together is email testing. He have mentioned fakemail by the same merry band that has written simpletest. This is a SMTP server which does not deliver anything just writes everything into a file. I began Googling in earnest and after about a quarter hour I realized this does not a full fledged SMTP server -- php.ini has a sendmail_path. This lead to the forthcoming, truly complicated little script:

Future of subscriptions

Submitted by nk on Mon, 2007-07-23 03:26

The current versions of subscriptions module have 'blog' type hardwired. However, with configurable types and Views, this is no longer favorable. Here is what you will see, probably in a block: