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*insert overdose of monday rant here* Jun. 30th, 2003 10:54 am
'cos I can't be arsed to write it.

OK, I have now had my tea (peppermint) and brunch bar, and installed PHP5b, so I can write it now:

Woke up to Christian O'Fuckwit on XFM bollocking a 14yo kid live on air. Someone needs to replace that twat with a jukebox. Discovered it was Pissing It Down™. Had bath and brekky, found I'd lost my card wallet containing my TfL photocard and work entry card. Finally found the blasted thing after 20 minutes and left home late. In the rain.

Got to Leytonstone Tube (in the rain), bought travelcard and got to platform to discover a very full, very stationary train and lots of bewildered would-be passangers stading on the platform. Finally worked out (the PR PA system seemed to be screwed up) that there was a complete, unexplained and unexpected power failure on the line.

However, it stopped raining.

Gave up waiting at 9:15 and battled back though a now dangerously full ticket office with the intention of returning home to get my bike. Got halfway down Fairlop Street before the rain came back in full force and decided to get the bus to Walthamstow instead (me, not the rain).

Got damp, got bus, got Tube, got to work 10:30.

Checked mail and found that PHP5 is in beta, so installed it on home server. Seems to work fine.

On the plus side, however, First Direct continue to provide excellent service - I'd forgotten (gods I'm clever) to cancel the Standing Order to Eurolet, so was a bit surprised to find my phone telling me 650 quid had just headed their way. However, one call to FD managed to recall that transfer and cancel all future ones.

From: nevla
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 02:56 am (Link)
Are you alright? Just the usual Monday morning work-thang?
From: valkyriekaren
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 03:23 am (Link)
On the plus side, however, First Direct continue to provide excellent service.

That's nice. British Gas don't - just had another letter from them addressed to 'the occupier' demanding we send them our details, which I already did last week!

Oh, and quick question - the Nokia phone charger that's on the kitchen windowsill - is that the one for my phone or yours?
From: wechsler
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 03:25 am (Link)
ISTR mine's plugged in in the library - it's got a far narrower body than the old Nokia changers.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 03:48 am (Link)
a large, long, heavy box has just arrived here.

It says tripod on it. I'm assuming it's a tripod, then?
From: wechsler
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 03:50 am (Link)
Either that or someone's sending me a table in installments ;)
From: azekeil
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 04:09 am (Link)
LOL! :)
From: sashajwolf
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 05:48 am (Link)
Finally worked out (the PR system seemed to be screwed up) that there was a complete, unexplained and unexpected power failure on the line.

At Leyton at 9 am, their official excuse was "there's a defective train at Leytonstone, we can only run trains every 5 mins". I waited until 9.20 without seeing a single train, at which point they announced that the line was suspended in both directions east of Liverpool St "due to an overrun of planned engineering works". No mention of a power failure. The rain had started again by this point, so I eventually arrived at work soaked to the skin at 10.30, having walked to Stratford to get the Jubilee line.

Somehow I get the feeling we should both just have stayed in bed ;-)
From: wechsler
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 06:02 am (Link)
Nexus has two different stories depending on whether you look at the static text or Java app, none of which match what either of us have heard :/

PHP

From: bootpunk
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 06:56 am (Link)
I must take a look at the 5 beta soon - I'm extremely impressed with PHP, being a rather recent convert. Downloaded JpGraph last night, and the newer gd.dll that I'll need to get the most out of - have yet to play with it yet tho'. I'm just finding PHP so easy to work with atm - extremely rapid development, and some very powerfull features - wish I'd started playing with it ages ago.

And now I'm playing with the Komodo IDE with a PHP debugger - given that with my last site I was testing the code by ftp'ing it to a remote server, running the webpage and trying to figure out (with inserted print/echo lines) what was going on ... well, put it this way, my PHP experience is going to be *even better* now.

Re: PHP

From: wechsler
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 07:16 am (Link)
Certainly I've been pleased with PHP (having used Perl before), but I fear it doesn't have any form of SOAP support, so I may have to return to Perl for some things.

PHP (through GD2 and freetype) does do fine things with generated images, though. I've never found it too hard to debug (except on a windows server - blasted thing kept witholding all output on an error - debugging blank screens sucks).

I'll have to take a look at komodo - but my test server's now pretty good - the linux server at home is world-viewable via ADSL, but is also a (suitably firewalled) SAMBA server - making home development really easy. Prior to that it was the remote server approach, though generally with SSH+vim whenever the link was fast enough.

That said, my laptop's also running as an apache/mysql/php server, but the versions are a bit old.

Re: PHP

From: bootpunk
Date: June 30th, 2003 - 08:32 am (Link)
I am running the extremely-easy-to-install Apache/PHP/Perl/Python/MySQL package from FoxServ on my NT4 box. Its a bit of an easy way out, but a single-click install was what I wanted 6 months ago when I first put them on here.

Komodo is great not just because its a nice cross-platform IDE (windows & linux) but it also offers PHP, Perl, Python editing and debugging - inc. single-stepping and syntax checking - as well as a host of other nice features eg code-folding for when you are looking at pieces of code 4 screens apart.

Any cool 3rd party extension you can recommend that aren't distributed alongside the standard distro? Like I said, JpGraph looks to be a cool one, but I have yet to play with it ...