Category: PHP

Recently I got questions from my friends and some readers on How to create Image galleries in WordPress like in My blog.

Here is the simple steps on how to do it.
1. Install ‘Picasa Image Express for WordPress’ plug-in – download from plugin site. Only limitation of this plugin is, it cannot show the unlisted albums from picassa.

2. Install ‘Light box Plus’ plug-in from http://www.23systems.net/plugins/lightbox-plus/. You can do more interesting stuff with this.

Some of my configuration you can see from following screens

Flip Media just announced the launch of an Unofficial Dubai metro website.

Unofficial Dubai Metro website

Unofficial Dubai Metro website

Check the press release from Flip

Dubai–With residents eagerly awaiting the launch of the Dubai Metro, Dubai’s biggest infrastructure project, Flip Media today unveiled Mydubaimetro.com, a non profit portal designed and developed to provide residents of Dubai with a practical and usable guide to all things related to the Metro.

The one stop shop website offers key information and helpful tools such as a journey planner and fare calculator, information about each station stop as well as downloadable pocket maps.

“We saw a gap in the market where people, including ourselves, were curious and hungry for more information about the Metro,” said Yousef Tuqan Tuqan, CEO, Flip Media.

Dinesh Lalvani, Managing Partner of Flip added, “We’re bringing the best of web and technology to help people discover not only the basic information about the services available, but also help connect with fellow commuters. The idea is to make the metro not just about the destination but also about the journey and experience.”

The community portal gives users to post comments, blog and share photos and useful tips about the metro.  The website is scalable, allowing for the addition of new technology and tools.

I am very proud of this, as one of developers of this website and the Technology behind it, The Navisite CMS .

Facebook Developer Garage Dubai logo

Facebook Developer garage logo

I was there at Facebook Developer Garage Dubai event yesterday. It was at Conference Centre, Dubai Knowledge Village. Lot of facebook developers and marketing personalities came to attend. We all got event T-shirts, Tea and light refreshments.

There is 3 main sections. The first section was from Facebookster , a leading social media developers. They showed how a facebook application can really make money in huge margins. They explained how to make applications successfully and to market them to get more users on it. It was really interesting, when they show how games can be used to publicize your brand on Facebook. as example they shown the Mafia Wars game on Facebook. Virtual money, viral loop, funnel design, viral hooks these are some of the topics they discussed. The statistics about the money gained by certain applications and the way “value of an application” related to users on it, etc amazed us.

Second section was from Flip Media . Shuja Shabandri explained the Flip’s success stories in Facebook application developments, Facebook and social media integration inside Flip’s CMS etc. He talked how to develop Facebook applications, and platforms to use. The fun part was the live demonstration of a “Portfolio” Facebook application development. After setting up demo hostings and creating the application settings in the Facebook, he opened the text editor and typed the code to show us how to create a real Facebook application quickly as a WordPress extension.

Third section was from Microsoft. Anton Delsink, Developer Tools Specialist Microsoft, talked on “Microsoft & Facebook – better together”. He shown the Microsoft technologies like Silverlight, Photosynth etc. Explained how Silverlight can be used for Facebook applications with .NET technologies. He talked about VisualSage, Popfly etc. Popfly seems somethings like Yahoo Pipes, but only for Facebook with Silverlight. On his talk he always remembered about the new Microsoft technologies like Windows 7 desktop zooming, new .NET IDE, SQL server, virtalization etc etc, and it explained how Microsoft is trying to get some users for them anyhow on these technologies. During his conversation he showed Facebook application for Windows mobile. There was no one in the attenders who seen it or used it.

Here is some pictures

Shuja Shabandri, Flip Media on FB Garage Dubai

Shuja Shabandri, Flip Media on FB Garage Dubai

Facebook developer Garage Dubai

Facebook developer Garage Dubai - Microsoft

Facebook developer Garage Dubai

Facebook developer Garage Dubai- indroduction IQPC

Facebook developer garage dubai

Facebook developer garage dubai-Flip Media

Facebook developer garage dubai

Facebook developer garage dubai-Anton Delsink

Facebook developer garage dubai

Facebook developer garage dubai- Facebookster

Facebook Developer garage Dubai - Audiance

Facebook Developer garage Dubai - Audience



While PHP5 gaining popularity development of PHP6 is in progress. The main upgrade happens is the Unicode support for almost all php functions. Check the complete upgrade plans on developers meeting notes.
With PHP6 new features we can mix Unicode in code. See the fun.
PHP In your langauge
See PHP developer Andrei Zmievski’s talks on Unicode in PHP6.

With this upgrade possibilities of developing libraries in Unicode languages, and using them to code applications in mother tongue is possible.Coding in Malayalam, Hindi or Arabic will go smooth. Not need to know English to do a computer programming then :) .

After PHP-GTK, it is WinBinder pays my attention towards PHP’s capabilities to build Desktop applications. Unlike PHP-GTK WinBinder is not cross platform. But it enables development of Native windows applications much easier.

WinBinder Technology In 5 easy steps we can create a simple application. I have created a simple XML editor to see how easy the development is.With my application I can create XML files in complete hierarchical way. I am using the Tree Control and Tab Control to make the application. GUI is developed with WinBinder’s form editor – which is also made with PHP.

It will we cool to have a PHP IDE in PHP itself. That is not so complicated as well.

You can download the presentation that explains the proccess here.

There exists a php compiler that uses some PECL packages to make bytecode from PHP and makes exe files from WinBinder Applications. It is called phpc. Packaging of standalone PHP windows applications are thus goes much easier.

Screenshots

PHPC - phpcompiler front end made with PHPMy sample XML editor applicationMy sample XML editor application Attributes

WinBinder as default is not Object oriented. But Object oriented libraries are available in community. WbObjects , Classes from Jonasjohn etc are useful.