Chief Technology Officer & Photographer | Irvine, CA

I’m still the Date Designer.

There have been moments of awesome where I’ve gone through and had a whole new site redesigned and started in on the development. Problem is, when I was doing it last, I had a full time 9-5 gig and I was just too burnt out at night to do anything with it.

I also tend to stuff too many features in. Yeah, it’d be cool to have all the little whiz-bang features, but what is the FASTEST route to $$$? It’s not 3 more weeks of development before that new feature is finished.

I’ve literally come down to this – a home page, explaining what I do, and an order form to gather information from the customer and their payment information.

Am I crazy? Read on…

Behind the Scenes – Fba v2.0

Everyone should know by now – I launched a new service called FantasyBaseballAlerts.com over Memorial Day weekend. The service itself seems as simple as it can get – track a player, get different alerts about them based on different criteria.

Well…the one thing that’s kept me highly motivated on the project for the past few weeks is all the cool shit that goes on behind the scenes. We’re preparing for version 2.0 to launch on Monday (June 10, 2012), and I wanted to give everyone a sneak peak in to the components that are behind FantasyBaseballAlerts.com:

Codeigniter (http://www.codeigniter.com):
The whole site, front & back end are built on the Codeigniter platform (yes, even our cron jobs!). We’ve been using it for about 4 years now, and we think it’s the bees knees. Seriously…look in to it…you can literally build an app overnight with it – it’s very easy to pick up & use!

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Codeigniter & PHP ActiveRecord

I recently started using PHP ActiveRecord with a CodeIgniter project at work, and I’m absolutely in love with it, especially since it now makes CodeIgniter work just like Ruby on Rails when dealing with models.

I had previously started writing my own ORM style model that plugged in to CodeIgniter, but after finding PHP ActiveRecord and then finding a Spark wrapper for PHP ActiveRecord to integrate in to CodeIgniter, I have since abandoned the “base_model” project, and I’ll show you how to integrate these 2 in this post.

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Developer Theory – 95%’ers

There’s no big secret out there that a large problem that plagues the development community is the “95%-itis”. You’ve probably seen it before – where a developer will go all gung-ho, the project is humming along, until they hit about 95% completion, and then run in to a brick wall.

I’m no stranger to this.

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PHPFog – Cloud Hosting for PHP

I discovered this little gem yesterday in an email from Kenny. Looks like this is a “heroku” for PHP – I wonder if they’ll offer a “free” account like Heroku does on sign up?

Basically, I haven’t quite gotten in to it just yet. We just got our account setup for GetSparks.org, so it looks like we’ll be testing it over the next few days, but so far, it looks pretty slick!

Sign up for the beta today and see what it’s all about! When you get your invite, let me know what you think about it.