YASB – Yet Another Symfony Blog

February 10, 2007

Getting jiggy with the Yahoo! UI library

Filed under: General, HTML, Javascript — Krof Drakula @ 1:59 am

I know I’ve been away a while, but I’ve been knee deep in preparing for our upcoming show and finishing up on some projects at work and at home.

More relevantly (is that even an adjective?), I’ve been implementing the Yahoo! UI JS/CSS libraries, augmented with Jack Slocum’s excellent Yui-Ext. It provides incredible flexibility and code logic organization, better than any I’ve seen so far. I especially like Yahoo’s event handlers, which resemble somewhat the .Net approach, where you can actually define your own events and having object calls abstracted via listeners, further improving object isolation. Not only does this guarantee better object interoperability and easier debugging (imagine going through chains after chains every single time), it takes care of all the wiring for you.

So, to get things back on track, I’ll submit some code snippets from the next upcoming project, Horseshoe, for which I’m developing the browser frontend. It’s actually not a Symfony project, but it’s a tool that everyone could use – a test suite browser, supporting multiple testing engines. The testing server and browser will be decoupled, meaning the interface will be consumable by either the HTML/JS client or a wholly different one, since the server will support multiple protocols.

As always, stay tuned.

January 24, 2007

Fixing the column problem in IE6

Filed under: General, HTML, IE, Tips and tricks — Krof Drakula @ 1:31 pm

I’ve just stumbled upon a bug in IE6 that doesn’t manifest itself in IE7, and it has to do with floated elements.

I’ve used 4 floated columns to display 4 independent DIVs and floated them all left within a container DIV element. During development, I’ve been changing widths of the columns to get them aligned just right with the background images. All modern browsers (including Opera, Firefox and IE7) displayed all the columns fine. Except for IE6.

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January 23, 2007

Fuzziness helps keep focus

Filed under: General, Tips and tricks — Krof Drakula @ 5:43 pm

Now, this may sound as an oxymoron in itself – how exactly does vagueness help keep the overall picture in focus? It’s been proven that the human brain can perceive information and filter it to effectively perceive the environment – just imagine each eye capturing something like 8-megapixels’ worth of data every 1/30th of a second and processing all that data into a spatial model that we can perceive. Generally speaking, even supercomputers today would croak if you’d ask them to do something even remotely as complex as that.

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January 20, 2007

Generating permalinks

Filed under: Database, General, PHP, Tips and tricks — Krof Drakula @ 12:22 am

We’ve all been there – SEO can be quite a pain in the ass when you’re competing against others for exposure. Turns out, much of the tedious content optimization can be resolved in the development phase, using nice and descriptive URLs.

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January 19, 2007

A quick update

Filed under: General, Uncategorized — Krof Drakula @ 11:39 pm

Well, until I’ve resolved some issues regarding the code highlighting plugin, I’ve decided to present you with a quick poll on just what topics I should tackle on this blog.

Whether it be Symfony specifics, like manipulating requests and responses, internals and other whatnots or just writing about cool new ways on how to use Symfony, take your pick!

Plus, I’ve got a brand new project in the pipeline that I’ll blog about as events unroll – the project itself will be a free online service, complete with all the accompanying Web 2.0 buzzwords.

January 10, 2007

Back to basics: templating with helpers

Filed under: General, PHP, Tips and tricks — Krof Drakula @ 4:31 pm

If you’re like me (eg. lazy), you’ll have probably tried to make your code as efficient as possible, when it comes to generating output code. And in some cases, you can’t get around declaring your own functions to do your bidding. That’s where helpers come in.

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January 9, 2007

Symfony roaring towards RC1

Filed under: General — Krof Drakula @ 12:11 am

With the release of 1.0-beta3, Symfony is (hopefully) one step away from becoming a release candidate for version 1.0.

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January 5, 2007

Just in: Symfony Control Panel re-released

Filed under: General, PHP — Krof Drakula @ 11:58 am

If you’re familiar with the 0.6.3+ release of Symfony, you may have heard of/used the control panel, which was previously available for use only on localhost. It did feature a lot of CLI alternatives, but frankly, I found the console to be a much better alternative. But with the new release, Control Panel is back, and it’s on steroids. And best of all, this time round it’s a plugin! (more…)

January 2, 2007

New Year’s news and the upcoming book

Filed under: General — Krof Drakula @ 10:21 pm

Well, seems that Fabien and company have been busy little beavers and have managed to put together a Definitive Guide to Symfony, which was in the pipeline for some time now, waiting for Symfony to mature into the 1.0 release.

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December 31, 2006

Welcome to YASB!

Filed under: General — Krof Drakula @ 1:48 am

As you may have noticed in the title, this introductory post is meant to be a quick heads-up on just what exactly YASB is about and who’s writing here.

Currently, I’m the lone writer on this blog, but hoping to have other writers join in on the fun. The prevailing theme on this blog will be, as the name suggests, the Symfony framework. Symfony started out as a fork of the Mojavi framework, developed in-house by Sensio, a French-based web agency.

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