Archive for April, 2008

Ultra portable

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

My first post from my EEE PC!

My fingers are not quite small enough but I’m still having fun.

It’s cool that I can do a tonne of stuff, like watch this video:

and write this on a computer the size of a DVD case.

Nigel Howard’s Obituary

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

I hope that Saul and I can continue his work with Oedipus:

Templates and Email Delivery Plug-ins for Haddock CMS

Monday, April 28th, 2008

I’ve just committed the first rough cuts of two new plug-ins for Haddock CMS that I quite excited about:

The first new plug-in is a very simple templating engine. I hope to refactor a load of code from various projects into here.

The second started as an OO wrapper around PHP mail(...) function. As always, as soon as I make something into a class, possibilities for inheritance start popping up all over the place and I hope to refactor some emails used in various projects to use this plug-in.

Neither of these plug-ins offers anything ground breaking at this point. They’re more about refactoring, tidying up existing code and code reuse. That seems to have become one of my main motivations for writing my own framework – a refusal to allow my own code to be untidy forever.

Haddock CMS now has basic Wiki functionality

Friday, April 11th, 2008

The DB pages plug-in module for Haddock CMS is now like a very simple Wiki. If an admin user is logged in, links to the admin section from each DB page section are provided.

Also, DB pages can be linked to using this syntax:


You can also write this:

[[foo-bar|Read more about 'Foo Bar' ...]]

This will llink to



Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I run this blog using Word Press on a shared server. I could use one of a number of free blogging services like and save myself the effort of having to update the software every now and again and deal with the other admin tasks that running a blog this way. I don’t because I just the tiniest bit paranoid. I don’t want to sign everything other to Google; although I do already use Gmail, Google Apps, Picasa, Google Code and Google Analytics so it’s not like a could be much more dependent on them. For a second after looking at the list that I just wrote I got really paranoid. And then I felt resigned – maybe the blog should go on Google as well.

I just took a look at:

Part of me worries about this and part of me is resigned to it. Even a little seduced by it. The scalability, free hosting and (I assume) increased reliability are very attractive.

I guess that it won’t take over the enterprise web app market for a while but I guess that that has to be a target. But how much does one want to lock oneself into a company for this sort of thing? Can we use deploy apps on other servers with other companies?