QA Website and Blog Status

27 Dec

I found this in the IRC channel for phpeclipse. pteague_work pointed out an name Selenium for a tool that will test websites. Since i do allot of sites i had looked at this in the past, but have not had a change to use it.

I am finishing up one big project, and am working on another... ie this blog system. It is said that you can integrate PHPUnit tests in with Selenium, so i will attempt to do just that. Making sure i document the way i did it.

Also i have a new update for the blog system that i have not pushed out live yet. It adds pagination so you can look at previous posts, and also the ability to post comments. Granted that last part i am still not sure i want to push out. I have allot more tests that i want to run just to make sure my blog system does not become a spamers best friend.

The backend is shaping up nicely but slowly. I have just added comment moderation, and the css that goes with it. I want to add post history this weekend and also category management. The latter should not be to hard to do. Famous last words. 

Also need to setup different databases to do unit tests against, just to insure that this thing is working the way i want it to.


Posted ed_mann in Computers & Technology


Firefox 3 Beta 2

24 Dec

I have to say that the new Firefox 3 Beta 2 release is awesome. I just got it installed on my machine, and i do visibly notice that things load allot faster. I use FCKeditor on the back-end of my blog, and it does not have a choppy load. It loaded just like a page would. Heck this could just be me and my machines, but it is noticeable. 

There are several improvements in the Beta 2, and i am looking forward to the final product. When you open new tabs there is no noticeable lag.  Like i said before the form items take the look of the current theme that you are using on Linux. The form fields look so much better then they do in FF2.x.

I need to go spend some time playing around with it more, but this release is awesome. Whenever i get on a persons machine the first thing i do is look for FF. If i don't find it i download it and install it on there machine. I tell them to use it and not the other browser. Most the time i am on there machine to fix something, so when i tell them to use FF they listen. If i did not know what i was doing or talking about they would not have asked me to work on there machine in the first place. I recommend FF to everyone that uses a computer. But that's just me. :-)


Posted ed_mann in Computers & Technology


Alton Gansky "A Treasure Deep" and E-books

14 Dec

Well i just finished "A Treasure Deep" by Alton Gansky It was a very good read, an i plan on posting a review on the book. I have started his "Zero-G" and it has started off very well. I did just finish a few weeks ago Austin Boydes' Mars Hill Classified series and now i am back in space with Zero-G.

I am very interested in reading this book and comparing the knowledge of the author about space. So far so good, and i am only on the 5th chapter.  I also found on Alton Gansky website that he offers some of his first books as e-books. These book are out of print, and he offers them as a gift to the readers. All he asks in return is you tell people about his website. So i have requested the first book that he has written. He let's you know it's his first book, and that he has learned allot since he pinned it. I guess it's like programming, you learn so much since you first started that you point out that  your first works were when you were just beginning. Me personally i don't like showing my first works. My peers would not let me live it down. That's the way it goes tho. :-)

I have been reading so many books that i have not been keeping up with my reviews. Granted i am still working on the blog system, and have just gotten it to the point that i can post articles. That is not excuse tho. I need to get on the ball and get them done.

I have enjoyed Alton Ganskys' work, and was nervous when i purchased "A Treasure Deep" and "Zero-G" at the same time. "A Treasure Deep" was the second book that i read by Gansky, and i was not disappointed.  Granted i did not like reading the characters getting the smack down, but Alton keeps it real. Perry and Jack trying to break down a door and commenting that it was not as easy as in the movies was funny. I think Jack should get into martial arts, or some kind of self defense class especially if he keeps hanging around Perry Sachs. :-) The mystery on what Perry is looking for is keep secret for quite some time. I enjoy the Mayor Ann, she was a very interesting character, and i have been around people that are just like her. Always want to know what is going on in other peoples business even when they don't need to know. The character Ann did have a view that many people have. And i like how Alton uses Perry to relay a message to Ann when she tells him about her past.

The hard part about doing a review is not giving away to much of the story. I would like to talk about it more, but to the people that may read this and then read the book, if i give away to much they lose some of the enjoyment of reading. I guess that's just me. I  try not  to read the back of the books that i look at because i don't want to know to much about the story. For me it's the author and the title. Maybe a little blurb about the story and that's it. Once i have an author and his/her writings have earned my trust i just pick up the books and go on my merry way. Granted that has burned me one or twice, but it does work well a majority of the time.

I have enjoyed the Perry Sachs mystery series and am going to get the only other book that i know about in that universe "Beneath the Ice". I have called the local book store and have checked for the book. I see on his site that he does not list a price. The local store has ordered it for me and it's $12.95. I like new and not used, but i need to find a more affordable supplier to help me with my habit.

There are two other books that i have finished that i need to get a review up for. And one of them i want to add in my own alternate chapter. I hope i don't get sued for that. :-)


Posted ed_mann in Book Reviews & Sites


New Blog System

09 Dec
This is my first post to the new blog system that i am working on. There are allot of things left to do, but i now have it so that i can post to it. I need to get the comment system working, i should have that done sometime this week. And there are several items in the Admin console that i need to work on.

I had to close the comments because they have not been fully tested. It should not take me that long to get it done.

I am just happy to have this thing working. It did not take me long to write the code to port from my old b2evolution blog system that was on mysql. Now it all runs under postgresql and the framework that i have been working on for other projects.

I need to get the pingback stuff working so i can ping the syndication sites.

Now that i have the template for the site, i can integrate the gallery more into the site. I have lot's of work ahead of me on this, however i am happy at the progress that i have made in a few weekends.
Just allot of progress for this system and it's going very well.

Posted ed_mann in Computers & Technology