Weekly Roundup - September 29th 2008

Posted September 29th, 2008 in Weekly Roundup

This is my weekly roundup for the week of September 22nd to 29th 2008, where I look back at the posts I made over the past week as well as useful and interesting articles on other websites and blogs that I might have read.

Articles posted on my blog

- Weekly Roundup - September 22nd 2008

- Work out if a number in PHP is odd or even

- PHP Job Opening at JK Kids

- Using date_add in MySQL to add intervals to dates

- New Zealand daylight savings starts on Sunday

- undefined reference to yywrap error when compiling sysmon

- Errors compiling sysmon 0.92.2 on CentOS 64 bit

Interesting articles found offsite

Adobe Photoshop

PC World looked at the features in the upcoming Adobe Photoshop CS4 which is due for release in October.


Richard Bradshaw posted 5 ways to make BASH more productive: searching the history more effectively; improving the history; fixing common spelling mistakes; removing duplicates from the history; and fixing multiple line commands.


Frinity posted "Common CSS selector syntax you should know" such as E[foo] which matches an "E" element with "foo" attribute.

Domain Names

Michael Kwan wrote about how to find expired domains with DNXpert on John Chow's blog. Here's some useful direct links to the DNXpert website: DNXpert homepage, free expired domain lists, premium expired domain lists, and a domain market featuring fixed price sales, make an offer sales, auctions and appraisals.


Watching the Net posted how to schedule vacation auto-reply messages in Gmail. This is a useful tip because a) it means you won't forget to switch it on and b) you don't have to remember to switch it back off again.


Michael Sparer at seomoz.org posted about how links should really look like links and how so often these days it can be difficult to spot links on a website, and that the old standard blue underlined links are still the most obvious links.

The Code Project posted about "5 XHTML Elements you didn't know": optgroup, label, fieldset/legend, col/colgroup and acronym.


Nettuts posted 10 Essential Principles of the Javascript Masters which include using Javascript libraries instead of flash and other animation; making AJAX responses cacheable; putting scripts at the bottom of the page; and not to use the eval constructor.


Jonathan Snook posted how to use background image animations with jQuery with a demo here. The effects are done using CSS sprites to do interesting background changes to navigational elements on mouse over.

prettyPhoto is another lighbox clone for jQuery.


Peter at the MySQL Performance Blog posted about fighting MySQL replication lag with some useful advice and Baron Schwartz posted Four ways to optimize paginated displays on the same blog.

"Stuggling Developers" posted how to use Sphnix Search for MySQL.

Operating Systems

Both Pingdom and CrunchGear posted about 10 alternative operating systems. The CrunchGear post refers to the Pingdom one, but the two lists are slightly different.


phpMyAdmin 3.0 was released. The 3.0 series requires PHP 5.2+ and MySQL 5.0+ and contains support for various features of MySQL 5.1 and the Maria and PBXT storage engines.


The Rails for PHP Developers blog had a post about empty variables, comparing different empty variables in PHP and how they compare when evaluated as true/false compared with Ruby.

Website design

Vandelay Design posted 30 Creative Website Headers with a screenshot of some really interesting website headers and then links through to the respective websites so you can check them out further.

Website development

The Web Resources Depot posted Tips To Improve Website Speed which include getting a fast and less loaded server; use CSS smartly and compressed; merge and compress Javascript files; and use HTTP compression.

Other stuff

Technologizer had a post about The Thirteen Greatest Error Messages of All Time which included the one I experienced many times in my youth: Abort, Retry or Fail.


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