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PubSubHubbub

By Nate LaClaire —  December 28, 2009 — 3 Comments

A brief overview of the PubSubHubbub protocol.

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Lifestreaming the easy way

By Nate LaClaire —  December 3, 2008 — Leave a comment

I recently discovered a new PHP/MySQL lifestream tool named Sweetcron. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of lifestreams, a lifestream simply displays posts you have made to your social networks, blogs, photo sites, etc. It displays a stream of content that is representative of your life, I suppose. I began playing around with lifestreams a few months ago after seeing Joe Tan’s lifestream. Although I really like the way Joe uses Yahoo! Pipes to create his lifestream, I am infinitely happier with Sweetcron.

If you have any PHP experience, you will find Sweetcron very easy to install. If you don’t, I imagine you can figure out the installation without too much difficulty. Simply create the database, change a few lines in a couple of files, upload the files, and complete the installation via the web. Adding new feeds to your lifestream is a snap. Once your feeds are added, you can manually initiate a feed check or wait for Sweetcron to automatically do it. Sweetcron’s feed fetcher prefers to be run automatically via Cron or a Cron-like tool, but the software provides its own “Pseudo Cron” in case you don’t have access to such a tool.

My own installation of Sweetcron uses the default theme, but it looks easy to customize the layout and I look forward to doing some of that and posting a follow-up.

By the way, Sweetcron was developed using the CodeIgniter PHP web application framework and provides a good demonstration of what CI can do. I have looked into CI before but never put a lot of time into it. I’m hoping to get to know it better now that I have seen it in action.

15 Minute SEO List

By Nate LaClaire —  November 29, 2008 — Leave a comment

Kelvin Chan clued me into a fantastic page from webconfs.com that lists the best and worst practices for search engine optimization. Check it out here:
15 Minute SEO List – Learn how to SEO

MySQL’s DevZone provides chapter 3 of php|architect’s Guide to PHP Security for free download. The chapter explains how to protect your PHP applications from SQL injection. Download it now.

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As a follow-up to a previous post, I am excited to note that Yahoo! has released its BrowserPlus technology for general use! This looks like a promising technology and I look forward to playing around with it. I certainly won’t be using it in any client sites any time soon, but I can see it becoming useful in the future.

Yahoo! BrowserPlus

By Nate LaClaire —  July 24, 2008 — 1 Comment

Yahoo! recently released a “Sneak Peak” of BrowserPlus, “a technology for web browsers that allows developers to create rich web applications with desktop capabilities.” Perhaps “released” isn’t the right word – Yahoo! is providing the documentation along with a number of demos that utilize the technology, but they are not opening the technology for use by developers yet. BrowserPlus has promise and is a technology I will definitely be following.

Microformats

By Nate LaClaire —  October 7, 2007 — Leave a comment

I’ve been reading up on Microformats, especially hCard and hCalendar, which are XHTML equivalents of the vCard and iCalendar standards, respectively. Michael McCracken explains the usefulness of Microformats like this:

With Microformats, you can send & publish things like events, business cards, and product reviews as meaningful XHTML that a person can read in a browser, but a program can import, index and remix as native data.

A pretty neat concept. Microformats utilize predefined class names to identify the contents of XHTML tags as data fields. For example, within an hCard, class=”fn” means that the contents of the tag (could be an h1, div, p, span, or any other tag) is the full name of the person described in the hCard. In the near future, I’ll blog about some great uses for various Microformats and, hopefully, show some examples within sites I’ve developed.