Musings of a Manchester Drupal guy

Drupal, Open Source, Analytics, Social Media.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Why Content Management Fails

This article has some interesting points to make about the nature of users and how they don't tend to update sites once they have gone live

osCommerce, Open Source E-Commerce Solutions

osCommerce looks like an interesting option for an Open Source shopping cart. Very feature rich.

Monday, September 27, 2004

So google aren't the only people doing clever stuff these days, I quite like which is owned by Amazon.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Useful Postgres Links

Postgres Sites to help first time users

Whilst working with Postgres Databases I have found the following sites invaluable

Postgres Offical Site
PHP Programmers Hub Site: Postgres Manual
GIS Operators
SQL Commands

Aquafold Data Studio
EMS Postgres Manager

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Using eventDispatcher

Grant Skinner has written a very easy to understand article about using eventDispatcher. Events are a very powerful new addition to Flash MX which I am just getting my teeth into.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (Research at the Getty)

I am pretty interested in Geo Locating photographs so that you can search for ones near it, I stumbled across this interesting site which allows you to find the latitude / longitude of most places in the world.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Cold Fusion Regular Expressions

Simple but useful regex stuff with a few more links too.

SOAP vs Flash Remoting Benchmark

I wrote a Flash form validator using web serivces pointing to Cold Fusion. It turned out that about 30% of the web serive requests were failing. I decided to revert to flash remoting and found that firing a burst of requests (one for each form field) worked fine.

My attention was drawn to this article SOAP vs Flash Remoting Benchmark which went a long way to explain what I experienced. From this experience it seems to me that if you are using Flash and are connecting to Cold Fusion cfcs, you are better off using flash remoting than web service connectors.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Firefox Web Developer Extenstion

Web Developer Extension - this has to be one of the best downloads I have made it ages. Particularly useful is the clear cache in a single click.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Nike Running

It is not always easy to find good rich internet application example sites, however this is a great one. As a keen regular runner, I also find it a useful site.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Tall Buildings Flash Site

The Museum of Modern Art: Tall Buildings an inspiring site for developers using Flash MX.

Ten CSS tricks you may not know

Ten CSS tricks you may not know :, Code

New Media Design Guide

Eyetrack III is a fascinating insight into user behaviour and makes some worthwhile observations.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Firefox 1.0

Firefox - Rediscover the web: New version of Firefox is now available.

ActionScript Toolbox

ActionScript Toolbox is a useful reference for the code side of flash.

Monday, September 13, 2004 Macromedia Flash Resources and Tutorials Macromedia Flash Resources and Tutorials - this is a good resource for understanding how to impliment event listeners.

Customizing component animations

Customizing component animations - I have be reading around about customising components and adding style to them. I found this to be quite fun particularly for the accordion component.

import mx.transitions.easing.*;
_global.styles.Accordion.setStyle("openDuration", 1500);
_global.styles.Accordion.setStyle("openEasing", Bounce.easeOut);

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Windows 2000 Keyboard Shortcuts Reference

Windows 2000 Keyboard Shortcuts Reference - learn some of the more often used shorcuts in windows.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

EMLlabs - An online resource for Macromedia Flash dynamics

EMLlabs - An online resource for Macromedia Flash dynamics - Certainly worth having a look.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - OOP ActionSript 2.0 - OOP ActionSript 2.0 - heaps of stuff about object oriented programming and as 2. A good place to get your head around the new methodologies and nice simple examples.