Tom Lauck’s

Test Drive with Adobe’s PHP RIA SDK


A couple weeks ago, in response to a Flex tip I posted, Mike Potter from Adobe commented and left a link to his Google Group for the PHP RIA SDK. Having worked with Flex and AMFPHP, I found this SDK quite interesting. I noted that it had various basic/core examples that give a nice start when beginning your application. Included are examples using the Flex/AJAX Bridge, PHP/XML/Flex, AMFPHP, and (my new favorite) WebOrb.

It can be downloaded, here (2.5M zip).

Of course, you will probably end up making your *own* SDK, but I thought this was a good foundation, especially given the fact that it includes two different remoting options with sample services. From there, you can pretty much do anything. Additionally, now that Flex has been made available for Mac (Beta), workflows can become even quicker.

Nov 29 2006

Salon Twenty Two: Custom Content Managment


Salon Twenty Two came to us with a rat’s nest of amateur DreamWeaver code and needed search engine optimized code.

To combat their DreamWeaver attempts that were breaking the site, I created:

  • Custom Content Manager that allows full access to specified page sections with all the formatting goodies.
  • A Stylist view that allows the user to schedule an appointment with that stylist while viewing the profile.
  • Converted almost 200 lines of code into almost 50.
  • Small Flash section on the home page that is search friendly.

View site

Nov 6 2006

Why Apple will take over the world


There has been some controversy over the new Intel Macs as they first hit consumer hands, as seen here. Rogue elements in Apple have been speaking out about it. But in the end, I really think Apple has taken the criticism to heart.When I first ordered my MacBook Pro, I was a bit apprehensive because of Apple’s recent glitches. I have to say, I am nothing but happy with the performance of it. But alas, to my dismay, about two weeks later Apple releases the new MBP.Now here was my complaint:

  1. If I would have known Apple was doing this, I would have waited the extra couple of weeks.
  2. The options I paid over $300 were now standard.
  3. I was only a couple days beyond my 14 day return period.

After talking to one supervisor, they offered me a $100 credit. This wasn’t acceptable to me. I was out $300. So I talked to another supervisor, stated my situation, he told me he would call me back. After the much anticipated call back, he offered me a $150 credit and an Apple Store Accessory. I still felt like I was getting the shaft.

So in the end, Apple offered to accept my return with a full refund. Now I can go buy the new MBP with all the fixings!

Would you ever get that from Dell? I don’t think so.

Nov 3 2006