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Randomness

Now Testing: Let’s Go!

I pulled my little app, “Let’s Go” out of the sandbox and it’s workin’.. or so it appears.  If you feel like playing around with a little Facebook App, then go for it.  Let me know of issues here or on the application page.

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Coding

Coming Soon: Let’s Go!

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Zend Framework

Multiple Paths for Zend_Layout (Modules Based Layouts)

There was some chatter about using module based layouts with Zend_Layout on freenode, so I thought I’d explore the idea a bit more.  There was this particular idea to use a plugin and a bit of application.ini/xml settings to configure it all.  But I’m a bit old school with my Zend Framework apps.

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Coding

The Hangman! Rewrite

I recently rewrote Hangman! (and also renamed it)  For those who don’t know, Hangman! was my first Facebook app.  I wrote it originally in June of 2007 and it silently lived on Facebook, deep deep within the depths of Application hell.

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Coding PHP

Dictionary APIs are Fun.

As part of my Hangman! application on Facebook, I plan on adding word definitions.  Like any good word app, it should tell you what the word means.  I’m not a big fan of sending off users to other sites when I don’t have to, so I looked into some dictionary APIs.

These APIs are hard to come by.  Google has a pretty good one, but it’s not open. It’s not open because their third party data providers won’t allow it to be open.  I still whipped up a little PHP love to use it, but I can’t actively use it on a public site because of their restrictions.  So I had to find something else. All the big obvious players like dictionary.com and m-w.com have APIs that aren’t free or fun.

Then I found Wordnik.  They have a sweet, sweet, young API that they were kind enough to give me access to.  As soon as I whip up my own little library to interface with it in a happy efficient way, I’ll be adding definitions and other fun word-related things to Hangman!

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Randomness

It’s alive: Moments Like Today

It’s finally alive!

You can read Magaret’s announcement here.

What it is:

‘Moments Like Today’ is a collaborative project that aims to inspire people to post “moments” of their lives in three sections: mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

What I did:

While the concept and design came from Margaret and Myra, the functionality and everything back-end came from me.  With some zend framework, some man-handling of APIs from Flickr and Vimeo and a little bit of jQuery fun, the end result (for now)  is live.

If you’d like to participate in the project you can visit the Moments Like Today and read the how-to for more information.