Archive for June, 2005

Jun 09 2005

New MVC From Old MVC

Published by under PHP

I noticed in my Mojavi Developer Forum RSS feed this morning that someone has really gone and let the cat out of the bag.

For a while it seems that some members of the Mojavi community that have wanted Mojavi development to be a little more open. I can’t say I blame them really, if an open source project is promising big things is it really to much to ask for a little feedback as to how things are progressing…. if they’re not, say so.

I know that Sean Kerr is protective of his project, I’m just as protective of mine, but when a project gets this big I guess the game changes a little and you need to start thinking more about what the users are shouting a less about absolute perfection before saying anything to the community. I know it is possible to get the latest updates to Mojavi from Subversion, but who wants to keep checking for updates with subversion and then trying to figure exactly whats changed and how it affects your current system.

On the other hand I’m not going to be placing all bets with Agavi (the new community branch of Mojavi). I may have taken this the wrong way but they seem to have come into the Mojavi Forum with guns blazing, boasting about their new branch of Mojavi and how wonderful its going to be but to me it seems like its going to be a “Programming by Committee” effort of which I’ve had some experience and don’t wish to experience again.

For historic purposes (in case it gets pulled from the Mojavi Forum) here is what they wrote:


First and foremost, we would like to openly thank Sean Kerr and the entire Mojavi development team for their contributions to the PHP community. The 3.0.0-DEV branch of Mojavi is impressive to say the least. At the same time, some of us find ourselves wanting something more. To that end, a small team has joined together in an effort to fill in the gaps and perhaps even take development off into a slightly different direction than what was originally intended.

Our goals and focus at this point are quite simple:

  • Community based development. Existing developers vote on accepting patches and developers. It is our hope that our work will encourage others to get involved and join our efforts to make Agavi the best it can be.
  • Open development. It’s pretty disheartening as a developer to not be informed about what potential plans or changes are going on in the development of a fundamental library which you are committed to using. Development and discussion thereof will be completely in the open, no ‘behind the scenes’/’in the dark’ black magic sillyness.
  • Promote Test Driven Development. We are firm believers in Test First coding practices and are comitted to providing as close to 100% unit test coverage for the framework and encourage a test first coding practice by developers using the framework.

Though many more exist, we believe these to be the major points which seperates Agavi from Mojavi. We encourage you to take a more in-depth look at our project and goals, and additionally welcome any feedback (positive or negative).

The Agavi Foundation

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Jun 08 2005

Hows That List Going?

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit),Holiday

Whilst writing the previous post I came across my list of stuff to do for my holiday to Norway. So lets see how I’m doing so far:

  • Plan route (I’m leaving this one to dad)
  • Buy Guernsey->UK tickets
  • Buy UK->Norway tickets
  • Buy new motorcycle helmet
  • Buy intercom unit
  • Buy bike luggage
  • Service bike
  • Install intercom unit & bike alarm
  • Locate possible over-night stops (again I’m leaving this one to dad)
  • Acquire tent for emergencies
  • Purchase riding clothing (trousers & new gloves)
  • Find & buy cigarette lighter for motorbike (to charge phone & iPod)
  • Buy iPod (either Mini or Shuffle)

Looks like I’m not doing too bad… there have been a few other things I’ve had to do but I don’t have the time to add those to the list at the moment.

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Jun 08 2005

Free Service

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit)

I was a little supprised this morning. I went to Duques Garage in Guernsey to collect my bike which had been taken in for its first service prior to my touring holliday to Norway. When I asked if there was a charge for the service I was told “No, it’s the first service.”

Those that are enlightened will know why this supprised me. For those that have yet to see the light, I am sorry but at this time I am unable to say explicitly why I was supprised… lets just say I was expecting to have to pay!!!

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Jun 07 2005

When Does A Journey Begin?

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit),Holiday

Most people will answer this with a simple “When you’ve packed your bags and are walking out of the door!”. But is that really the answer? Maybe the question I’m asking is a bit more metaphysical or rhtorical.

For me, my current journey started some time earlier this year when I decided to embark on a motorcycle touring holiday to Norway this summer. Since February/March I have been plotting and planning every last detail I can think of in order to make this journey as smooth and simple as possible and at last the final details are falling into place.

My bike is in the garage having its final service, I’ve got a pile of after-market parts to put on the bike when I get it back, I’ve got a tailpack waiting to be collected from Riders, I’ve removed my intercom and alarm from my old bike ready to be fitted to the new bike, all by important documents have been copied in triplicate (one copy to take with me, one copy for my sister to take and one copy to leave at home) and all my clothes are washed and ready to be packed (thanks mum!).

So when does a journey begin? It doesn’t! At least it doesn’t have one definative start… but it does have a finish to the start and thats when you’ve packed your bags and close the door behind you.

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Jun 03 2005

New Bike For A New Adventure

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit)

Suzuki Bandit
As you may, or may not, I have recently splashed out on a new bike. Yes I finally hung up my gixxer keys for the last time and can now been seen riding around the island of Guernsey on a Suzuki GSF600-K3 Bandit.

The bike in question is a 2003 model Bandit that was original purchased in 2004 by a friend of my sister. The original purchaser found the bike was too big for her and so it has been sat in a garage for that past year with only 200 miles on the clock.

The bike is in absolutely mint condition and was being sold at a price that I couldn’t refuse. Plus I wasn’t sure that my old gixxer would be up to touring holiday in Norway so this bike was a bit of a god send in that respect.

I’ve had to buy a few parts for the bike, in order to get it ready for the trip, such as a screen and rear hugger but I’ll post more about those latter.

So here’s to a new bike for a new adventure. I’ll be leaving Guernsey on the 11th June and hopefully I’ll be keeping my blog up to date as I make my way to the north of Norway and back.

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Jun 03 2005

Writing Database Software

Published by under Programming

Since I started programming back in 1999 the software I have written has invariably been database based. The testing process for the software invariably requires the database to be populated with data. Over time I have come to the two following conclusions:

  1. You know you have a lot of development left when it is easier to edit the data driectly in the database rather than using the software you’re writing.
  2. There is a light at the end of the tunnel when it is easier to use your software than to edit the data directly in the database.

Just a little food for thought.

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Jun 02 2005

Whats the point?

Published by under Photography

For the past couple of days I have been sat (when I’ve had spare time) waiting and wonder if Tim Feak (of Tim Feak Photography [sorry, I'm not putting a link here]) will reply to the comment that he posted on my blog.

His comment was in response to an entry I wrote regarding in incident which ocurred during the Little Britain Spring Regatta in Guernsey. To cut a long story short he had a different view of event and called me & my friends “school-boyish”, “feeble” and “silly”.

There were, as a result several comments in response to Tims and, being a courteous sort of person I email Tim (incase I wasn’t watching my blog) to give him the opportunity to reply but no response has been fourthcoming!

What did Tim hope gain by attacking me on my own site? Who knows.

What am I hoping to gain by posting this blog entry? Who knows but I can’t wait to find out.

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