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About redbullmarky

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  1. as Daniel said, the manual way tends to work better and has for some time. personally, i can see what'll happen if we start adding karma or points systems - loads of people answering as much as possible without really putting that much thought and effort in, just to have the ability to show off how many stars they have. I'm not huge on that sort of thing - i'm not one to care much about my own post count or karma, i just come here to help and get help.
  2. plus the sticky at the top of the App Design forum has a few more links: http://www.phpfreaks.com/forums/index.php/topic,107835.0.html
  3. probably not an "all the way through introduction tutorial", but I like the tutorials here when it comes to getting stuck into CakePHP: http://debuggable.com/categories/php-and-cakephp:480f4dd5-6fb0-4cb4-b3cb-4f1ccbdd56cb
  4. Webcams... http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html
  5. ZF is intense and intimidating unless you know what you're doing/looking for, but very solid. It also doesn't hold your hand structurally - so you can use the components it provides how you see fit, rather than having a rigid structure enforced out the box. My biggest gripe (which also could be (and has been pointed out to be that it could be) considered a positive) is some of the classnames are very large, so I find it fairly easy to get lost or confused. However - I've not played with it extensively aside from the introduction tutorial (which WAS easy to follow, granted) so this is more than likely just a case of yet another learning curve rather than any fault of the framework.
  6. [quote author=obsidian link=topic=67269.msg987336#msg987336 date=1221057305] [quote author=micah1701 link=topic=67269.msg838299#msg838299 date=1205328424] php didn't exist when i was 12.   ::)  (actually, no one knew what the Internet was when i was twelve either) but I did teach myself qbasic around that time. That was my first programing "language." [/quote] LONG LIVE QBASIC!!! ;) [/quote] haha yeah!!! i remember gorillas (the example sourcecode/game that came with it) very well - loved it!
  7. code igniter from a "packed full of tonnes of useful features" and learning point of view is ace - its docs are pretty good and easy to get into. however, it's not exactly a good example of best practice and it's elements are pretty tightly coupled, globals, etc. i've not used it much apart from ages ago (personal use/learning) and recently (at work) and i do get pretty frustrated with it for various reasons. I prefer Cake as it's more solid, established and has more than one guy writing the core code for it. So i'd say use code igniter for a "jump start" - whether you use it or not is up to you, it's definitely better than building a site from scratch - and see where you go from there.
  8. he needed it, too. was getting a little too cocky and smug in recent times for my liking - now we shall see what he's really made of.
  9. the biggest plus i find with books are that it takes you away from the computer. sometimes I need that especially when trying to be creative and are planning a project that's quite involved. As neylitalo states tho, books on theory are generally much better. PHP5 Objects, Patterns and Practices being one I find helps me alot when not actually sitting at my desk.
  10. you could name the servers after everyone that posts in this topic :-)
  11. lol it often goes like this... however in this case, if the details are exactly as described, this really is a pretty silly bug for Vista to have. Shame, cos otherwise I rather like it.
  12. I'm not taking things away from anyone or blowing smoke up our asses, but the Gurus and anyone else with recognition around here has probably demonstrated skills that can only be gotten from working hard and trying things out for themselves - screwing up loads and having tonnes of patience, learning, listening, applying, etc etc. The problem these days is every man and his dog wants a website now, or wants to build the next Google/Facebook now - and those guys have made it look so easy yet the average (wo)man on the street doesn't see all the issues and problems that people go through to get something working. They just assume that they can get something quickly and easily for free to make their fortune. Some people make their living out of these skills, and feel sort of cheated when people expect them to hold their hand all the way without a willingness to do a bit of research themselves. ie - why should someone put all the hard work in for someone else to reap all the rewards from? We all start out in the same boat, but some are more focussed on trying to work things out for themselves a little first. These people are most likely to get the most constructive help because they've genuninely hit a brick wall and already probably have clearer goals of what they're trying to do. Not to mention they're the most likely to be appreciative, most likely to listen and take things on board, as well as most likely to return the favour. And lets face it - if nobody returned the favour, this place would have been dead a long time ago. I don't ask as many questions here any more, but still stick around and try and help a bit - for these reasons I've mentioned. I learned pretty much everything from this place but my answers weren't all delivered on a plate. Otherwise - ditto to much of the advice given above already, especially in respect to breaking up your problems first.
  13. for its clean layout and simplicity, plus a lack of adverts all over the shop: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/
  14. correct. to clarify: private properties (and methods) are only accessible to the class they're defined. to access properties in parent/child classes, they will need to be set to at least protected. to access them from an independent class/object, they'd need to be public.
  15. that all depends on you. do you have your core requirements already planned out? if so, then simply try it and see if it does what you want out of the box, or with mods. if not, then try another one like Joomla. Whilst I don't like Joomla, it does have a big support network and tonnes of mods, plus plenty of docs detailing how to write your own mods. if all of these don't really match your requirements, then if your application "core" is very simple, you might be good to roll it yourself (maybe with the aid of a general web dev framework) and grow it organically.
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