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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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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Why I Cancelled My Mozy.com Subscription

Posted on Mar 02 2009 in Computing

Mozy is an online backup solution that has grown in popularity recently. My wife and I have a lot of pictures, music, and generally important files on our computers that we know need to get backed up in a reliable and secure fashion. Mozy seemed like a natural choice.

Now …


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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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My OS X Toolkit

Posted on Apr 16 2008 in Computing

After the first day of having the new Mac and playing with iChat, it was time to hunker down and start accomplishing things with the Mac. In the last few years one of the biggest reasons I've been reluctant to get a Mac has been a sense (whether justified or …


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