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Infochimps Query API is Bananas

Infochimps Query API is Bananas

You might recall past coverage of Infochimps on ReadWriteWeb. But did you know that Query API access is free to noodle with on the Baboon tier? Let’s explore a bit more and see what a Query API Baboon subscription can monkey with for free.

Don’t worry. The example will be simple so you can go bananas on your own.

Twisted Firestarter: Windows Phone 7 for Developers

Twisted Firestarter: Windows Phone 7 for Developers

Did you know that there are mobile platforms for developers outside of Symbian, Blackberry, iPhone and Android devices? It’s true. They (will eventually) live among us.

A software company located near Redmond has pre-released Windows Phone 7. For those wanting to use the latest hipster acronyms simply refer to Windows Phone 7 as WP7.

So…

PHP5 Alternatives for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

PHP5 Alternatives for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

If you use Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS for client projects or for your company you’ve probably stared at the following line: Requirements: PHP 5.2 or better. Yet, when checking back to see what PHP is actually available through the standard yum repos you find… no PHP 5.3 and not even PHP 5.2. Visions of dependencies flash through your…

A Quick Look at ORM for PHP

A Quick Look at ORM for PHP

If you have ever pulled your hair out over maintaining SQL statements intermingled with your PHP project code you might not be alone. Perhaps you considered abstraction or wished your database had an API. You might have even heard of an Object Relational Mapper (ORM).

Let’s take a quick look at ORM for your next PHP project.

Yahoo’s Yconalyzer and You

Yahoo’s Yconalyzer and You

You’ve probably read about Facebook and Google providing internally developed tools to the open source world. Often you’ll see references to such tools during conferences or presentations during developer meetups.

One such tool you may not have heard of isn’t from Google and it isn’t from Facebook — it’s from Yahoo. Back in May, Yahoo…

Getting Up and Running Faster with zfKit

Getting Up and Running Faster with zfKit

You’ve heard about Zend Framework (ZF). You’ve watched the screeencasts. Yet, you haven’t put your toe into the ZF waters. Why? Most likely, you saw it as a lot of work to get started or perhaps you ran into issues with the demo that came packaged with the ZF you installed.

You are not alone. Others had that exact same frustrations and…

Hack of the Day: Stronger Wording by Script or Click

Hack of the Day: Stronger Wording by Script or Click

RWH Level: Beginner

When you are writing Web applications it is easy to be terse, obtuse or just plain devoid of reasonable text that conveys what a user is expected to do. Worse, a support page or even the humble README can leave fellow developers wondering what you were thinking or drinking. As with any problem, the solution involves more…

Tracking the Buzz in Google Reader During VMworld

Tracking the Buzz in Google Reader During VMworld

The API team over at Google Buzz have been buzzing to say the least. If you recall the long lost Twitter feature known as Track whose disappearance spawned numerous impassioned pleased for return you’ll appreciate the latest from Google Buzz.

Last week the Google Buzz API team updated their blog to announce the general availability for Track as…

Sock It To Me With Socat

Sock It To Me With Socat

We’ve all been there. You want to isolate an issue with a server running on a port but want something quick and easy to verify if it is a host firewall problem or something else. Perhaps you are dealing with someone on the other end of the network that says it is a firewall problem. How you prove otherwise?

5 Great YQL One-Liners

5 Great YQL One-Liners

If you haven’t played with YQL before, put down that Hot Pocket and head over the Yahoo Developer Network. At the YQL console you’ll find a collection of resources to quickly attack problems with cut- and-paste simplicity instead of having to digest several pages of API documentation. You’ll also find examples with source code for putting your…

Exercise with Browser Size

Exercise with Browser Size

Move it to the left. Move it to the right. Move it higher. No, move it lower. Make it Webbish – but not too Webbish.

Have you ever wanted to provide your clients with a visualization of audience browser window sizes that is based in something outside of opinion?

It’s one thing to have an opinion on where something should appear in a user…

Hack of the Day: Travel the World With Facebook Places

Hack of the Day: Travel the World With Facebook Places

In these economic times it can be hard to justify spending thousands on airfare, hotels, and party-life travel destinations. So save your money and let geolocation services do the work for you.

If you want to visit an exotic location, then Facebook Places and a few browser tweaks are all you’ll need.