Apologies - it's been a while. I am currently studying with the Open University and haven't got any spare time.
But on a brighter note, I won a PHP Coding competition with this entry.
Unfortunately production on the SugerSync Client has slowed this week - mainly due to have 4 big server moves to organise and complete.
However these will be finished this weekend and I can focus on this once again.
My initial plan for this review was to install both frameworks and test both against each other. But after spending a few hours trying to get zend framework to install correctly, I gave up with it...
A PHP based framework should install fairly easy - I will give it another try when I get some spare time (it is a bit sparse at the moment with new baby liam)
Symfony however I have fallen for, every part of the setup is brilliant: from url routing to unit testing.
Initially I had a few problems following there tutorial (it defaults to use Propel ORM when Doctrine seems much better)
I'm still working out how to use most of the features, but that is mainly because there is so much of it.
I am using Crawler Catcher as my main project with symfony (as it needs a rewrite already). With the symfony framework and unit testing which is built in. All the old bugs have already been fixed.
More to come in the near future
If you had the choice would you commute to your works office everyday (maybe 1-2 hours each way) to do web development or would you prefer to stay at home spend an extra few hours with your family? Would you turn down / negotiate terms on a job proposal if you always work from home but a prospective employer doesn't agree with remote employees?
I've been applying some small CSS3 changes into the style of this website including, text-shadow (post titles), custom font-faces (website title) and finally box shadows. These are viewable in firefox,opera,safari generally non-IE web browsers. Although IE is getting better with the new CSS3 styles, its still not quite there.
So for the meantime i'll be applying some more CSS3 styles to the site including gradients and maybe some border images.
Adding the new CSS3 tags to your current HTML is easy:
After reading this from mozilla labs, I thought I should give "Bespin" a try. It's a web based cloud text editor so you can write code through your web browser at your office/favourite coffee shop then logout and log back in again at home (even on another machine) and continue your project.
The newest feature to be released is the "Collaborative coding" feature which enables multiple people to edit the same file at the same time, with undo features. This is a great feature for coders that work remotely as they will still be able to work together.
Check out this webcast from there Joe Walkers blog