PHP Pickles

I’m very excited about my new project.  I call it PHPZope but it is really not Zope; so I’ve got to change the name.

I have written a PHP Extension to take a pickled Python object and turn it into something that PHP can deal with.

Its still fairly primitive software: I have a lot of work to do to improve it!

But if you want to check out the code so far go to https://github.com/newhollandpress/phpzope

Programmer’s Tools

People look at my resume and exclaim that I have worked at a lot of companies.  This has happened for various reasons.  Recently I began to look at what I actually “brought home” from each company as a new tip of the trade.  Here is the partial list:

  1. Beyond Compare, a fabulous tool for searching in files.
  2. SnagIt by TechSmith: much more than a clipboard buffer!
  3. Notepad++, a free notepad that can’t be beat!
  4. Sublime Text editor: a code editor for someone who does a lot of work.
  5. WinSCP: why not treat your server as just another file system?

This list goes on, I am sure!  I shall try to add to it as I think of more examples of great software I have learned about on-the-job.

IT Finance

It’s a nice thing to be able to plan out your expenses and expenditures for your Information Technology venture.  But your Norton subscription expires or you just have to have a copy of Sublime Text editor and out goes $170.  I realize that I am supposed to match outflows with inflows but although I have a completed Galileo board for sale on Etsy (newhollandpress store) and am getting a lot of links, I haven’t sold one yet.  Not complaining, just thinking!

A New Blog!

This blog has been some time in the making.  Finally we have what we feel to be an appropriate theme.  The concept of icons is something we often take for granted in our computer work.  But do you ever look at them in detail.  What do they express?