NinjAuth: The Social Integration Package PHP has been dying for

Posted 2011-09-17
Category FuelPHP

In the past I have never needed to implement oAuth into a PHP project. I have done it in Rails and boy it was easy thanks to OmniAuth. OmniAuth abstracts away so much of the grunt work that it takes about 5 minutes to add a new social network to your site, and 4 of those minutes are spent signing up for the API keys. What options do we have in the world of PHP? A bunch of screwy hacks or provider specific classes like TwitterOAuth. I don't want to hunt down 20 libraries with different methods, I want to get a key, bang it in and go to the pub. Well, now I can!

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CICON2011 and the future of CodeIgniter

Posted 2011-08-27
Category CodeIgniter

CICON2011 happened and it was awesome. We had 100 CodeIgniter nerds in the same place - which is the biggest collection of nerds since CICON2010 in the UK, but this event was so much better. We had a whole load of announcements that have changed the way the framework is contributed to and improved the whole community for the better. This is not me blowing smoke up my backside, but feedback I have had from attendees. So, what did you miss?

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Nomadic Web Development

Posted 2011-08-24
Category Personal

Anyone following me on Twitter will have seen tweets coming in from all-over the place for the last few months. Am I on holiday? Nope! I've spent the last 4 months traveling USA and Canada doing a bit of work here and there. With freelance, a passive income and some training sessions here and there I am actually making a profit on traveling the world. A few friends wanted to know more so they could do it themselves, so how can you?

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Video: Pancake 3.1 overview

Posted 2011-08-17

We've been working hard on PancakeApp - a CodeIgniter-based Invoicing system - and it's getting to be a real power-house of features. This is turning out to be more of a "Freelancers Side-kick" with not just invoicing but project management, time tracking and the starting of some great CRM features. The video is about 11 minutes but it's worth it so please take a look. In the mean-time I will be working on Milestones and Call Logs.

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Misconceptions about ORMs

Posted 2011-06-15

"ORMs are overweight, slow, hard to work with, pointless and for people who don't know how to use SQL". These are all arguments we have all heard - and in some cases in the past I have even used - but this is a stupid argument made by people who either looked at a "Getting Started" page and thought "yuck" or tried a bad clam and decided to avoid seafood for the rest of their life. In this article I'll explain why I have converted from a fully anti-ORM developer to somebody who strongly reccomends you give a [good] ORM a try.

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Tumbleweed?

Posted 2011-06-10
Category Personal

As you may have seen in my last article I'm currently off traveling the world (well, North America for now at least) and I wanted to give people a quick update as to what is going on with various projects while that is happening. The good news is nothing is being dropped and everything is coming along really nicely, but I'll just quickly explain what my projects are and why and how I stay involved with them all.

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TravlrApp - An app for backpackers and web nomads

Posted 2011-05-12

This summer I'll be travelling around U.S.A with nothing much more than a Greyhound coach pass, a laptop, a map and of course a smart-phone. On the way I'll be meeting developers, talking at a few offices offering Git/CodeIgniter/Fuel training and having several nerd-beers along the way. To help people see what I'm up to and to help connect with people as I go I've created a funky web-app: TravlrApp. It is a social networking site to help make travelling more social, more manageable and more open.  Using services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram you can mark your activity on a map automatically and your friends can see what you've been up to. Currently it is in private beta, but invites are available to anyone who subscribes on the homepage, and existing users have 10 invites.

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The CodeIgniter Community goes on holiday to NYC

Posted 2011-04-19
Category CodeIgniter

The CodeIgniter Community has decided to have a little holiday this summer, and head to New York for not just a meet up, but the biggest gathering of CodeIgniter developers to ever happen. There will be talks from the CodeIgniter Reactor Engineers, the EllisLab teams themselves and people involved in Forrst, PyroCMS, PHPFog and all sorts of other exciting things. There will be masterclasses teaching you the basics if you are pretty new to CodeIgniter, or an advanced track showing you how to do some crazy stuff. Something for everyone!

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Why Write A New Framework?

Posted 2011-04-11

So we all know that the internet is full of frameworks. They've been the popular thing for the last 5 or 6 years and it seems to have become the "barrier for entry" or the "passage of rights" that 8 or 9 years ago used to be "hey I just wrote a phpBB clone!". There are plenty around but in this day in age, why would anyone write a new one? As somebody involved in a new PHP framework "Fuel" that has shaken a few opinions up I thought it would be interesting to share my thoughts and views on the situation.

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Time for a Change

Posted 2011-04-01
Category PHP

After years of being an active member in the CodeIgniter community I have decided it is time to change things up and move on. Where is that move taking me? Recently I have been doing a lot of research into various frameworks and I have made a final decision. Read on to find out what framework I decided to go with and why.

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