September 22, 2004

XFML - lightweight metadata language

XFML hierarchical faceted metadata exchange standard

I just found XFML. From what I can tell it serves a purpose similar to TopicMaps but a bit more limited.

Drupal, which makes good use of taxonomies, exports to XFML.

If nothing else, it's at least one more thing to add to my "hey, this is cool! (meaning: might be useful someday)" list.

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Blogware Review

Owen of Asymptomatic posted a great entry about his recent bloware choice. At the beginning of the post he links to an excellent chart that compares some of the leading installable blogware scripts (TypePad and Blogger weren't in the list because they can't be installed).

BigBlueHat has started offering installation services for WordPress (the one he chose). I've considered moving Ben's Friends to it someday, but we'll probably wait for a more supported multiblog setup (something Owen also noted as a negative for WordPress).

If you're considering new blogging software, the blog comparison chart is a must see.

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September 17, 2004

Scripturizer PHP Module

While setting up a WordPress blog for a client I came across a Scripturizer plugin for WordPress. The greatest thing about it, though, is that it can be reused it other applications. Thanks to Scott Yang's forthought, you can use his code now in any PHP application by simply calling the scripturize() method. Very cool stuff.

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September 15, 2004

Generation Expat

For those of you who tend to look abroad for opportunity, ministry, or inspiration, you might want to check out Generation Expat. While predominantly Budapest focused it seems like a great idea for expatriot commentary and community. Haven't read more then a few posts, but the concept looked interesting. Thought some of my middle-eastern focused friends might find it interesting. Gouge? Gwen? Tim?

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September 10, 2004

Still working on this one...

"In all labor there is profit,
But mere talk leads only to poverty." - Proverbs 14:23

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Esoteric blogging

For those command line junkies among us, check out the Terminal Island blog.

If you're new to command line, just follow the instructions.


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September 09, 2004


"And Asa cried to the Lord his God, “O Lord, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, you are our God; let not man prevail against you." - II Chronicles 14:11

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September 08, 2004



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Free iPods

Found this on Karagraphy, it's called According to the site they offer a free iPod to anyone who (a) accepts a free trial of a product or service from one of their vendors and (b) refers 5 friends. I've done the first part (the offer, and this is my fullfilling of the second. 8o)

I'll likely spam a few of my closest friends who also happen to be iPod, Mac, or music lovers (you can also enter to get a $250 iTunes credit), but for now, this will suffice.

Enjoy. :)

UPDATE: I highly advice using a "junk" e-mail account (one you specifically have for just such occasions). I'm not absolutely positive that my recent aquisition of junk main in inbox I used is directly related to my attempt to get a free iPod, but none the less, I advise being careful. If you need help getting a junk e-mail account let me know. :)

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September 07, 2004

Template Engines

I've been doing research about PHP/MySQL based CMS's. One of the greatest needs of a good CMS is a well built templating engine.

The Templating Engine drives the aggregation of your web sites templates with your sites content. There's a whole slew of them out there. The most well know is probably Smarty. It's more or less the "official" templating engine (at least it's hosted by the web site).

Based on what I've read on the WACT TemplateView page, there are better engines available.

Of course, the WACT site says that it's template engine is the best, and give that is "smells" good their probably right. I've only played with it a little, and found it very promising but a little confusing in spots. I'm sure when WACT is finished it will be one of the best templating engines for PHP. One small problem for some is that WACT's template engine is tied to the framework.

Another template engine that "smells" good is TinyButStrong. It seems to meet many of the design requirements that the WACT developers laid out in their wiki (see also BadTemplateSmells). It's has a relatively small footprint (93k) and comes packaged in one class file. It's very easily extendible through the use of the MergeField() method.

The manual that's available on their site is very informative and easy to understand.

My plan right now is to use TinyButStrong for most of the PHP apps I right with the possibility of moving to WACT when it's stable.

Other frameworks (similar to WACT) under consideration right now are Phrame and Mojavi.

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