Review: NetBeans IDE 6.7.1

Posted on Oct 16 2009 in Web Development

I think my previous posts have already indicated that my development environment, specifically my IDE, is important to me, and that I make a habit of exploring my options on a regular basis. For the last 7 months I've been using NuSphere's PhpED, which I've really enjoyed. The only things …


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Windows Home Server FTW

Posted on Aug 25 2009 in Computing

I tend to consider myself a technical user, and for years, I operated various Linux distributions and setups to facilitate our home network. Mostly this meant a place to dump our backups in an intelligent manner, but I would also setup things like easy file sharing between our computers and …


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Review: NuSphere PhpED 5.6

Posted on Mar 20 2009 in Web Development

As I explained in my previous post, I've been on the hunt for a new PHP IDE. During past searches for this type of tool, I've always taken a glance at NuSphere's PhpED and usually went away screaming rather quickly because of how clunky, ugly, and just plain annoying the …


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Disappointed with Zend

Posted on Mar 19 2009 in Web Development

Every few months as I sit at my desk and code away, I can't help but wonder to myself, "Is there anything better out there?" I'm not being metaphysical or introspective -- I'm talking about my IDE. Most coders I've met are the same way: we find a tool we like …


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The Essentials: What I Install on a Fresh Workstation

Posted on Oct 22 2008 in Computing

This past weekend, for a number of reasons I won't get into now, I performed a complete "re-install" of my primary workstation. Previously, I was using XP Pro SP2, which had been installed and running smoothly on the machine for nearly two solid years. This also meant that my machine …


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Zend Studio for Eclipse 6.1

Posted on Aug 26 2008 in Web Development

I'm one of "those" people that paid for Eclipse, an open source IDE. I originally bought it because I love and use Eclipse a lot for my work and I wanted commercially available support for the product on which I depend so heavily.

Zend recently released version 6.1 of …


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Drupal for Firebug

Posted on Aug 09 2008 in Web Development

Last month Chapter Three announced they were working on a Firefox plugin and Drupal module that would allow Firebug to talk with Drupal. As a Web Developer who uses Firebug heavily every day and who specializes in Drupal, this announcement from Chapter Three got me a little excited -- so I …


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Google Chrome: First Impressions

Posted on Aug 05 2008 in Computing

Sometime near the beginning of this week I heard something in passing about Google releasing a web browser. At first, I thought that was a cute idea. After a couple seconds of letting it soak in, however, I began to wonder what Google would try to bring to the table …


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