CakePHP: Sanitization…

May 30, 2007 § Leave a comment

is a very long word and difficult to pronounce. But hella useful. Waay useful.

It’s recommended to use sanitization in all of your controllers that serve web form.

Summary:

Sanitization helps trimming out undesired tags coming in from your view pages. Thus, bad <script> tag will never make it to the database.

It’s a good handy helper function.

References:

The dot com dream…

May 25, 2007 § 1 Comment

is hella difficult to pursue.

When dreaming the web 2.0 dream, I cannot help but to felt discouraged. A lot…

The discouragement came when real problems arose. Whether it’s the database mapping that’s overly complicated (making searching difficult), or “way-over-the-top” JavaScript UI that I couldn’t create…

But such is life, ain’t nothin’ is easy. If success is easy, then everyone is successful already. Pursuing such humongous dream, of course I do the usual routes:

  • Bank in skills like mad because cool stuff are made by utilizing various skills.
  • Learn and apply time management. Even at home, or at work, or at plain old day-job, or while working at that cool open source framework. There’s only 24 hours a day. I cannot possibly lose too many minutes a day dreaming.
  • Being Frugal. Because Frugal is the new Cool in Web 2.0

But those are seemingly not enough. It’s really though to COMPLETE a dream.

Therefore, when I’m at my low points. I like reading stories about how other entrepreneurs do things. I never read self-help books, but experiences told by real entrepreneurs are believable and more importantly, REAL.

Below are compilations of good reads that I’ve read. Stay tuned because I will have more:

Python for N00bies Resources

May 23, 2007 § Leave a comment

When coding with new language, unfamiliar syntax & API might frustrates you a lot.

That’s what I felt with Python, thus to familiarize myself, I’ve compiled list of online resources that I (or readers) can download or read online.

Online Books:

Online Tutorials:

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) review…

May 21, 2007 § Leave a comment

is here!

There’s no way I can get my hand on these. But, their User Interface (called Sugar) look simple and intuitive.

Further research shows that the GUI is written in Python.

Sugar UI Demo:

Other References:

Wikipedia article on Sugar GUI.

Another blog, with far more detail description and opinion.

Sakaiproject: Out of Memory…

May 18, 2007 § Leave a comment

seems to be a well known issue.

For those who encountered strange Tomcat behavior,

or OutOfMem during deployment,

I compiled list of articles that might help you:

Sidenote:

Dr. Chuck seems to be very involved with sakaiproject. Thus, I’d recommend readers, who care about CMS for higher education, to check back on his blog frequently.

Battle against RoR: gem install mysql…

May 17, 2007 § 12 Comments

is simply broken. Broken as hell.

This is my development environment:

  • Mac OS X 10.4.9
  • MySQL 5.0 under /usr/local/mysql
  • gcc 4.0.1 or gcc 3.3
  • readline 5.2
  • ruby 1.8.5
  • rubygems 0.9.3
  • fcgi 2.4.0

Everything was installed properly except mysql binding.

1. This is the command I called to install that module:

sudo gem install mysql — –with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql

2. Didn’t work. Next:

sudo gem install mysql -- --with-mysql-config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config
Chose MySQL 2.7 (ruby)

3. Works. But “rake migrate” didn’t work. Next:

4. Changed gcc from 4.0 to 3.3:

sudo gcc_select 3.3

5. Then ran:

sudo gem install mysql -- --with-mysql-config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config
Chose MySQL 2.7 (ruby)

6. Didn’t even compile. Tried MySQL 2.6 (ruby):

sudo gem install mysql -- --with-mysql-config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config
Chose MySQL 2.6 (ruby)

7. Didn’t even compile. Damn!

Google search revealed this. Damn! Why some configurations work for some people? What The Hell???

8. So, I changed gcc back 4.0:

sudo gcc_select 4.0

9. Uninstall gem mysql:

sudo gem uninstall mysql

Now, obviously, “rake migrate” works.

Conclusion: RoR 1, me? Big Fat 0.
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References:

References on how to install Ruby on Rails on Mac OS X

May 17, 2007 § Leave a comment

  1. http://hivelogic.com/narrative/articles/ruby_rails_lighttpd_mysql_tiger
  2. http://developer.apple.com/tools/rubyonrails.html
  3. http://locomotive.raaum.org/

Number 3 is interesting because it provide project containers to all of your Ruby on Rails application, but the 75 MB download is a bit too much though.

I cannot really add more insight to the installation process because RoR seems to be born inside Mac OS X. Installation is dead simple, documentations are plenty as well.

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